Campus Residences, in coordination with University Police Department Office of Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Student Health Services and the Suffolk County Department of Public Health, prepared the following to help residents understand the current circumstances and educate you on steps to take to reduce your risk of infection.
We are in full compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control. Should circumstances warrant a modification in our response to protect our students and campus community, Campus Residences staff will mobilize to make any necessary adjustments to meet the evolving needs associated with this developing situation.
What should I do if I become ill?
If you are sick with the flu, follow these steps to take care of yourself and to keep others healthy.
The resident staff, including Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Directors, can all be of assistance to those who fall ill while on campus. They can assist you to connect with campus and community services and resources while you are recovering from flu related symptoms and illnesses.
If flu conditions become MORE severe, you should contact your health provider for further instructions and consider the following:
Are students required to leave campus if they become ill?
You are not required to leave campus. You may choose to go home at any time using a private vehicle. You are strongly discouraged from using public transportation to travel home.
What should students do if their roommate/suitemate/apartment mate/family member(s) becomes ill?
According to the CDC website, "[Roommates/suitemates/apartment mates/family members] who are well but who have an ill [roommate/suitemate/apartment mate/family member] at home with the flu can go [about their daily business as] usual. These [otherwise well individuals] should monitor their health every day, and take everyday precautions including washing their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective."
It is also strongly suggested that otherwise well individuals should attempt to maintain distance from the sick roommate/suitemate/apartment mate at all times.
Does the University quarantine ill students?
Quarantining sick individuals is not a recommended response residents with flu related illnesses are being advised to self-isolate in their rooms or apartments for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone (fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine) except to get medical care or for other necessities. Self-isolation means limiting movement to your immediate living quarters and bathroom or apartment area unless venturing out of the hall/apartment to seek medical care.
What cleaning products should students use to sanitize their living space?
According to the CDC website: "To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label. Several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time."