If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms, follow these guidelines:
1. Take care of yourself. You may not need to see a health professional if your symptoms are mild. Typical symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea or vomiting. It is important to note that you may only experience some of these symptoms and can still have the flu if you don’t have a fever. When in doubt, call your personal health professional or consult the School of Engineering website at engineering.nyu.edu/life/health/flu for the latest advice and guidance. The vast majority of people who become ill have mild to moderate severity symptoms and usually recover fully in a week or less, without any medical intervention.
However, if you are ill with flu and are pregnant or have any chronic illness, please call your personal health professional right away. Seek emergency care by calling 911 if you experience serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen; sudden dizziness; confusion; severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea; or flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
2. Isolate yourself to prevent the spread of your illness. Stay home or in your residence hall and avoid contact with other people until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours. Do NOT attend classes or any activities on campus. If you live on campus, contact the Residence Life staff so they can work with you and Poly’s cafeteria vendor to arrange for delivery of food and other supplies.
3. Report your illness in the School of Engineering's online reporting system. All students must report their suspected case of H1N1 on the School of Engineering's online reporting system. To do so, log into engineering.nyu.edu/user using your PSDATA username and password, then proceed to engineering.nyu.edu/h1n1-report and confirm your suspected case of H1N1. As a convenience, you can also utilize this system to automatically notify your professors.
Since health authorities advise that individuals with suspected cases of H1N1 not visit medical professionals unless they are experiencing serious symptoms, professors will not require a doctor’s note from students with suspected cases of H1N1. While you should still provide a doctor’s note if you have visited a doctor, the online reporting system will allow professors to confirm a student’s illness in the absence of a doctor’s note. The online reporting system also will allow the School of Engineering professors and administrators to provide infection information to public health authorities, as required by law.
4. Inform your professors that you are ill with the flu. Students with suspected cases of H1N1 are responsible for informing each of their instructors and making up the missed work as per the guidelines in #5 below. You may either use the special feature of the online reporting system to notify your professors, or you may choose to individually notify your professors. Either way, you must report it in the online system.
5. Make arrangements to make up any missed coursework or exams. If you are absent because you believe you may have H1N1, you bear the responsibility of making arrangements with your professors to make-up any missed coursework or exams. While professors will work with you to provide an opportunity for you to finish all missed work necessary to successfully complete the course, you need to be sensitive to the reality that professors may have to make accommodations for many students with extended absences due to H1N1. The following guidelines are helpful in arranging for the makeup of coursework and exams missed due to a suspected case of H1N1:
a. Missed coursework. When possible, you should work at home to stay up-to-date on class work. Where that is not possible, the professor shall give you an opportunity to make up the missed work during the semester in which the absence occurred (see exceptions for lab demonstrations below). You and the professor should agree upon a reasonable timeframe in which missing coursework should be completed.
b. Missed quizzes and exams. If you are not yet fever-free but are well enough to complete a quiz or exam on the assigned day, work with your professor to determine whether a remote process is feasible. Note that this will not be an option for every course. In situations where remote test-taking is not an option, professors may not deny permission for a makeup exam. In that case, you and the professor shall work together to agree upon an appropriate time for the make-up exam. A missed final exam should be made up as soon as possible either during the closest intercession or, when necessary, at the beginning of the following semester. Where completion of this course is a prerequisite for another course that you wish to take the following semester, you may request an incomplete grade and seek special permission from the department adviser to enroll in the subsequent course.
c. Missed labs. All efforts should be made to arrange for make-up of any missed lab work or lab demonstrations. For hands-on lab work, you and the professor shall agree upon a reasonable timeline for completion of this work. If such a make-up is not possible, professors may wish to consider whether providing data to you for your analysis and write-up is sufficient and/or if one lab could be dropped in this special situation. In the event that you miss a lab experiment that the instructor or department requires for completing the course, the professor shall consider whether there are sufficient students requiring make-up to warrant repeating the experiment at an arranged time outside of the regular class time for those students. If a repeat of the experiment is not feasible, you shall be permitted to visit another class the following semester to view the experiment. As above, where completion of this course is a prerequisite for another course that you wish to take the following semester, you may request an incomplete grade and seek special permission from the department adviser to enroll in the subsequent course. After viewing the experiment at the next possible opportunity, you may request a letter grade in place of the incomplete.