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Letter to Campus Community

May 11, 2009

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Dear Campus Community:

Western Illinois University has received information that a student has been diagnosed with the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. Following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for higher education institutions, we will continue with our final exam week schedule and hold Commencement exercises this weekend. We also remain vigilant and are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of our campus community.

Beu Health Center staff continue to conduct routine influenza surveillance, and are taking the necessary steps as outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC. Western's Physical Plant staff have implemented additional disinfecting methods to their daily maintenance and cleaning responsibilities, including thorough cleaning of doorknobs, light switches, handrails and other commonly used and shared areas. Hand sanitation stations will be available at Western Hall for Western's Macomb Commencement ceremonies Friday (May 15) and Saturday (May 16), and at the i wireless Center in Moline for the WIU-Quad Cities Commencement ceremony Sunday (May 17).

It is also important for each individual to remain vigilant and responsible. To limit the spread of illness, wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available. If you feel ill, please contact Beu Health Center at 298-1888 or your local health care provider, and avoid contact with others.

Students who have been diagnosed with the flu and have appropriate documentation from a health care provider should contact professors immediately to review alternative ways to complete exams and assignments. Students may also receive assistance in contacting faculty by calling Student Development and Orientation (SDO) at 298-1884. Employees who exhibit flu-like symptoms should stay home.

We will continue to update the campus community by posting information to our website ( and via TeleStars messages. More information is also available at

I wish each of you a healthy and successful week as we end the Spring 2009 semester, and I look forward to greeting those students participating in Commencement ceremonies this weekend.

Al Goldfarb
Western Illinois University

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