H1N1: Stetson Law Prevention

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  • Stetson Law worked with experts to develop a pandemic preparedness plan, which we are now following.

  • H1N1 updates will be shared via email and the intranet.

  • Administrators have established contact with county and state health departments, and are monitoring health advisories and news stories -- including hourly updates from the CDC.

  • Alcohol-based hand cleaners are available in the Business Office, Student Life, and the Tampa Law Center Library.

  • We have increased frequency of cleaning, especially in high-traffic areas and in areas that people touch with their hands. These areas include door handles, door push bars, café and classroom tables and desktops, public countertops, gym equipment, drinking fountains, and faucet handles.

  • Stetson has also developed special protocols for study-abroad programs and are developing protocols for student travel (e.g., competition teams, ABA groups) that will occur during the year.

  • We are also asking employees to wipe down their phones and keyboards.

  • We also encourage members of our community to continue taking precautions such as washing hands regularly, using anti-bacterial gel when soap and water is not available, and staying home when ill.

  • We encourage all members of our community to develop a personal flu treatment and recovery plan.

  • Students and employees who are new to the area may wish to consult the list of urgent care clinics and local hospitals (see PDF list).

  • Student Life can assist students who need transportation to seek medical assistance, pursuant to our Transportation Policy.

  • Stetson will offer seasonal flu vaccinations at the Gulfport Campus and Tampa Law Center in October, including the Oct. 7 Health and Wellness Fair in Gulfport.

The Future

  • We will alert the campus about cases of H1N1 that we know about (using appropriate privacy guidelines as well), we will not immediately close campus if a few cases are reported. However, it is likely that we will take steps short of closing. For example, and depending on the circumstances, we may cancel or postpone non-class events at which large numbers of people would be gathered and use distance-education techniques to deliver some class sessions. In some classes, where there is space, professors may ask students to spread out a bit more. We also are evaluating possible temporary changes to certain policies that will assist students who may fall ill.