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UW chancellor emails students, staff to stay home if sick

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin is the latest campus official to urge students and staff to stay away if they begin to feel ill.  The move comes as another precaution to prevent a potential widespread outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus.

In an e-mail, Martin acknowledged that it will require people to change their mindsets, as they have to make a decision whether to not show up to commitments when they feel slightly sick.

The chancellor, however, said this upcoming fall semester is not like those in the past, and "being a good citizen of this campus will actually mean staying home and not coming to work or class with a fever."

A UW committee has been drawing up plans to continue operating should an outbreak of swine flu hit campus. The plans include how to maintain critical research projects and hold classes using long-distance technology should that be necessary.

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