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H1N1 Student Resources: Residential Housing 

Frequently Asked Questions specifically for students and faculty who live on campus.

What should students or faculty members living on campus do if they become ill?

The CDC recommends that people with flu-like illness remain at home and away from other people until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

For those who cannot leave campus and return to their family's home, if they live in a private room they should remain in their room and receive care from one person.  Students can seek treatment at Hudson Health Center or O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.

What should students living on-campus do if their roommate becomes ill?

  • Step one: The healthy roommate should first encourage his or her roommate to seek medical attention. 

  • Step two: The student should appropriately clean their room by wiping down surfaces commonly touched by both roommates.
  • Step three: Inform your Resident Assistant (RA) or Residential Coordinator (RC) that your roommate is sick.  

  • Step four: Help your roommate select a "flu buddy" who can assist him or her with meals (dining hall sick meal) and other personal needs.

In addition, Residential Housing will have a limited number of available temporary medical rooms with private/semi private bathroom facilities on each green. Well students that have an interest in moving on a temporary basis can request a room reassignment. However, availability will be limited and monitored for critical needs. Sick rooms will include linen and daily cleaning by our full-time custodial staff. Students should contact their residential coordinator if interested in being relocated to another room.  (A staff member is on call 24 hours a day.)

Does the university require ill students to self isolate in a particular area on campus?

Based on the recommendations of a medical care provider, Residential Housing will provide the best possible option to isolate individuals from the general population by limiting their use of public areas (lounges, shared bathroom facilities, etc.). This would include the ability to make available sick meals as needed through Dining Services.

Are students required to leave campus if they become ill?

Students will not be required to leave campus unless the institutional leadership determines a need to close a facility or the entire campus.  Medical professionals may determine that it is in the best interest of the student's health and well being to go home and obtain care from his or her family and medical treatment from a family physician or specialist.

Will university staff or Resident Assistants be available to assist students? To what capacity? Is there a place students should call if they need assistance?

Resident Assistants will be available to share information on Ohio University services and resources as well as local community medical resources and contact information.  All students will be advised to have a roommate and/or "flu buddy" on campus to provide support and assistance as needed.  Medical emergencies should utilize the county 911 service and may contact the Ohio University Police Department for additional assistance.

What will the university do if a student or a student's parent requests a move into another room because of a sick roommate?

Residential Housing will evaluate the parent's request and student's needs and determine the best possible solution. The new temporary room assignment may include moving the sick student or the well student to a temporary location depending on the available room choices at any given time.

What cleaning products should students use to sanitize their living space?

On-campus residential students are required and expected to maintain a clean room and take part in the use and care of public areas within their individual residence halls. All public areas are cleaned daily by full time custodial staff, Monday through Friday, with limited services on Saturday and Sunday. We do not recommend specific general household products but do recommend that thorough cleaning of their private rooms occur on a regular basis for their individual health and safety.

What are the symptoms of the H1N1 flu?

The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. Illness with the new H1N1 virus has ranged from mild to severe. While most people
who have been sick have recovered without needing medical treatment, hospitalizations and deaths from infection with this virus have occurred.

What can you do to reduce your chances of becoming ill?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends four main ways you may keep from getting sick
with the flu:

  1. Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.

  3. If you are sick, stay home or your place of residence for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Staying away from others while sick can prevent others from getting sick too. Ask a roommate, friend, or family member to check up on you and to bring you food and supplies if needed.

  4. Talk to your health care provider to find out if you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu and/or 2009 H1N1 flu. Information about 2009 H1N1 flu vaccination can be found at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination. Information about seasonal flu vaccine can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.


Is there a vaccine for H1N1?

The university will hold a 2009 H1N1 vaccination clinic from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, for all Ohio University faculty, staff, students and dependents. The clinic will take place at the Walter Hall rotunda.

The university will also hold clinics from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Parks Hall 014 each day from Jan. 11 through Jan. 15. At the weekday clinics, the university will administer the vaccine to no more than 100 individuals per clinic. The Sunday clinic will not have a patient limit.

There is no preregistration and no charge for these vaccination clinics. There are no health or age restrictions for receiving the vaccine.