Dean Donald Lewis
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I have a couple of items for you today. I begin with an advisory on the H1N1 flu virus. We had our first report of a law student diagnosed with H1N1, so I want to make sure that you are doing all you can to stay healthy, and help keep your classmates healthy.
The most important thing to remember is to go home and stay home if you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms. Go home, call your doctor, and take his or her advice about whether to come in for testing. Also, call Counseling and Health Services at ext 2204 to report the illness, so we can keep track of its spread on campus. And stay away from the law school until your symptoms pass.
Now, if you catch the flu, don’t worry about missing a few classes; just concentrate on getting well. The law faculty will excuse and accommodate flu-related illness, but will expect you to make up the missed classes or missed work in some manner. By the way, if you’re not sick, it would be a good idea that you regularly attend classes. That way, in the event that you do get sick later in the semester, you will have some excused absences “in the bank” so to speak and won’t run afoul of your professor’s attendance expectations.
If a faculty member gets sick, we will notify you of the absence, the status of your class, and how it will be made-up.
Finally, if you’re not sick, do things to stay healthy. Most viruses are passed by hand, so keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap or an alcohol-based hand cleanser. Within the next few days, we’ll be placing cleansers and hand wipes at locations around the law school for your use.
There is plenty of information out there about H1N1; all you need to do is go to the University’s homepage and review the H1N1 update.
Next, I want to show you this fine award that the law school recently received from the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics. It was presented to our Health Law Institute in recognition for its contributions to the compliance and business ethics profession. Professor Cindy Jesson, the director of our Health Law Institute, accepted the award this past weekend in Las Vegas.
In case you didn’t know, our Health Care Compliance Program is one of only four accredited programs in the country that trains and certifies compliance professionals. This award is another tribute to the fine work of Professor Jesson and her colleagues in building a leading health law center that is now nationally-ranked. Congratulations Professor Jesson. And I want to thank the Academy, I mean, the SCCE for this award. Thank you.