In an effort to facilitate informed discussion about this issue on residential college and university campuses, we decided to create an Ebola resource page and invite users to post your suggestions as well as resources from your campuses, educational initiatives, or other information.

According to health officials, the risk of contacting Ebola without direct and unprotected contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is sick with Ebola is extremely low. Despite this fact, there are a number of elements about this outbreak that warrant discussion and preparation on residential campuses.  Below are some initial recommendations. Please add to this list! (updated 10/17/14)

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The following information has been provided by official sources. It is important to refer to the CDC and other qualified health officials for your most current information and guidance.  Here are some basic recommendations:

  1. Refer to your campus crisis preparation and response personnel for detailed guidance along with the CDC and other officials.
  2. If you learn a resident has been diagnosed with Ebola (or any infectious disease), do not direct maintenance/custodial staff to the apartment. Immediately notify the local health department for guidance regarding appropriate measures to be taken by maintenance/custodial staff.
  3. Make sure our staff has the proper contact information of the local health authority and/or the best CDC resources, to direct inquiries from local stakeholders.
  4. Reminder your staff to observe any campus-specific policies related to media communication and response. Typically this means that only official University representatives will communicate with the media.
  5. Consider taking up-to-date information from the CDC to create passive programming and educational initiatives to get out accurate information about this disease.
  6. There have been reports of mistreatment of individuals who are from West African countries where the Ebola Outbreak has been centered. If you have residents whose country of origin may be heavily affected by this outbreak (Currently Liberia, Guinea & Sierra Leone), be aware of the possibility they may experience additional challenges and may benefit from outreach to provide extra support due to the emotional impact on them.

For any other issues notify your local health officials and work with your campus resources.

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