The Ebola outbreak continues to cause concern both around the world and locally.
Although the Ebola virus is unlikely to reach Minnesota or our campuses, the university knows that the community is affected by this health concern and some students may have family in countries experiencing an outbreak.
E-mail has been sent to all students encouraging them to notify their advisors if the students are personally impacted by the Ebola outbreak and are considering a withdrawal. Advisors are helping students explore their options. If students request a withdrawal, advisors guide them through the usual withdrawal process.
The university’s Pandemic Planning and Ebola Information page has important information from expert resources. Available information includes links to Ebola FAQs, an Ebola fact sheet, recommendations for travelers’ health, and important Ebola-related links to the Center of Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health.
As the cold and flu season approaches, students are reminded to practice good health habits to stop the spread of germs. This includes:
- Staying home when sick. If missing class, students should contact their faculty member and find out what the instruction requires to cover for the absence(s).
- Remembering to cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Washing hands often and/or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Metropolitan State wants students, staff and faculty to be educated and informed about this health risk. The university will continue to publish important information specific to our campuses as well as provide links to expert online resources. Visit the Pandemic Planning and Ebola Information page for details and more information.