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Message to deans, directors and chairpersons
from Vice President Pat Clubb

Colleagues:

On April 25 an e-mail message was sent notifying the campus that a task force on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had been formed. The message pointed members of our community to the SARS Response Web site the university developed specifically for updates on this worldwide health concern.

In this earlier communication, the SARS task force pledged to keep you updated on the SARS situation and its potential effect on this campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is developing guidelines for colleges and universities with regard to the disease. This information will be provided to you as soon as it becomes available.

In the interim, the International Office and University Health Services have developed messages to distribute to new and continuing international students providing CDC travel guidelines about SARS and self-monitoring advice. Information about the disease, symptoms and instructions on whom to contact at the university if you become ill is included in this communication.

Many of you have expressed concern with conferences and special events on campus scheduled for the coming months. At this time, the CDC is not recommending canceling conferences and events or quarantining individuals arriving from the affected SARS areas. As of this date China; Hong Kong; Singapore; Taiwan; and Toronto, Canada, are included in the CDC’s list of areas with SARS travel alerts or advisories. You may access the most current travel information at SARS Information for Travelers on the CDC Web site.

The task force recommends that conference and special event coordinators notify their deans of activities with the potential for attracting individuals traveling from SARS affected areas. We believe it prudent to be aware of these events should CDC guidelines change and require notification from the university to the travelers. This template letter to event attendees explaining CDC travel guidelines and self-monitoring advice is for your use should you deem it appropriate.

Your attention to this health concern is greatly appreciated. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact Joe Powell or me at 512-232-7747.

Pat Clubb, Ph.D.
Vice President for Employee and Campus Services


  Updated 2007 December 18