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Sick college student or faculty member this fall? Don't worry about a note

WHITEWATER (WKOW) -- In light of cases of the H1N1 flu virus that have sprung up almost immediately as college classes resumed this fall, the Board of Regents suspended a rule that requires sick employees to bring a doctor's note if they seek more than five sick days.

The regents also said sick students do not need notes, either.

The advisory, affecting UW system schools, goes into effect for the academic calendar year.

The change comes in line with federal guidance to universities that doctors' notes should not be required as the H1N1 virus spreads.  Health officials say removing the requirement will encourage sick people to stay home and ease the burden on overwhelmed doctors.

Already, dozens of UW-Madison students have tested positive for the flu.

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