By McGill Reporter Staff
Students and faculty who think they have H1N1, as suggested by McGill Health Services, should report their illness and absence from academic activities on Minerva with the H1N1 Self-Reporting form. For students, this form will be treated as equivalent to a medical note should you need to request an excused absence or an academic accommodation (e.g. a postponed deadline for an assignment or missed test). Once you submit the form, it will be sent to your Faculty Student Affairs Office or the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GPSO). Academic staff can also use this form to help track the illness on campus and report to government.
Before submitting the form, use the Quebec Ministry of Health’s decision chart (publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/acrobat/f/documentation/2009/09-220-09A.pdf) to determine whether you have H1N1 symptoms.
In addition to submitting the form, contact your instructor(s) and/or supervisor if you need to make special arrangements regarding missed classes, tests, assignments, or other academic work.
If you miss a substantial amount of coursework and/or evaluations, or have questions about how this applies to you, consult a faculty advisor (mcgill.ca/students/advising/advisordirectory/) or your graduate supervisor.
An H1N1 self-report form is valid for absences of up to nine calendar days for class work and most other academic activities, and up to seven calendar days for field courses, practica, and placements. You will require a medical note for any absence beyond these allowances, as generally you should be able to return to normal activities within seven days after the onset of symptoms.
If your condition worsens or persists longer than seven days, seek medical care.
If you choose to stay home to care for someone with flu-like symptoms, this accommodation will not apply to you.
For more information about H1N1, go to www.mcgill.ca/health/h1n1/