September 3, 2009
As we strive to advance the well-being of our students, we are
taking steps to minimize the spread of flu, which has been
reported throughout Texas and around the country, as well as on
In accordance with Dallas County Health and Human Services
guidelines, SMU is treating all cases of flu or flu-like
symptoms as if they were Novel H1N1 influenza. Most reported
cases have been mild, and most of those afflicted have recovered
within a few days of onset.
We are urging students to be proactive regarding their health:
to assess how they are feeling, see a doctor if they have
complications and not attend class or other activities if they
are ill. Students can call the SMU Health Center at 214-768-2141
for appointments or 24-hour medical advice. Roommates who have
been exposed may call the Health Center or see an off-campus
health care provider to obtain medication to reduce their risk
of contracting the flu.
If students are ill, they should notify their professors as soon
as possible by e-mail, or they may call the Office of the Dean
of Students for assistance at 214-768-4564. SMUís Provost has
issued procedures for faculty that encourage flexibility on
make-up assignments and exams for students who are ill. Under
recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, students should be fever-free for 24 hours without
the assistance of fever-reducing medication before attending
classes or associating with others. If students have a meal
plan, they may contact their residence hall assistant for
information about ordering and delivery of meals from the dining
SMU has preordered both seasonal and Novel H1N1 vaccine. The
vaccines will be distributed at campus clinics as soon as they
become available; times and locations will be announced by
campus e-mail. Students who can obtain flu shots through
off-campus sources should do so.
Current information and updates about flu conditions at SMU are
posted on our website,
smu.edu/flu. The site also contains information about health
care options for students and procedures for preventing and
treating the flu.
Among the steps being taken, SMU is participating in all
briefings with state and county health officials, and is
monitoring advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and the World Health Organization. We are relying on
the medical and scientific guidance shared through these forums
to direct our actions.
As this flu season progresses, please stay informed about these
and other issues by checking our flu website and communications
on the SMU Parents site,
smu.edu/parents. In addition, the Parent Info Line Ė
214-SMU-PARENTS (214-768-7273 or toll free 1-888-768-7273) Ė
will contain updates as needed.
If you have questions, feel free to contact SMUís parent
liaison, Deanie Kepler, at
email@example.com or 214-768-4797. You also may contact Troy
Behrens, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 214-768-2288.
We know that you share our concerns about the flu and will
support our efforts to prevent its spread. Please know that we
are doing everything possible to help our students enjoy a
healthy, productive fall term.
R. Gerald Turner