Then New School - H1N1

The New School administration, Human Resources, and Student Health Services are closely monitoring reports of human cases of H1N1 in New York City and throughout the world—and we are taking a range of steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 on The New School's campus.

The University's medical and environmental health staff is in communication with local and state public health officials in New York, and continue to respond to direction and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As H1N1 continues to infect populations across the world, university officials want to ensure that students, faculty and staff are aware of guidelines to follow should they develop flu-like symptoms or come into contact with individuals exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

This website provides up-to-date information about H1N1 influenza and describes The New School's preparedness efforts and responses to this evolving public health incident. We will continue to update this information to reflect new developments affecting our community.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner, especially after being out in public. (Experts recommend washing for 20 seconds—approximately the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday to You.")

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm—not your hand.

  • Discard all used tissues in the trash.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

  • Stay away from obviously sick people.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

People at higher risk of flu complications include: People with asthma, diabetes or other conditions affecting the heart, lungs, blood, liver or kidneys; people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and children under age 2.

* Do you have a fever? A temperature reading of 100.4 F. or more is a fever.

* Student Health Services can be reached at 212.229.1671, option 2 for Medical Services.

If You Are And You Have You Should
Not at high risk Fever (100.4 F) plus cough or sore throat Stay home from school and work until you have been free of fever for 24 hours.
High Risk * Fever (100.4 F) plus cough or sore throat * Call Student Health Services or your physician . DO NOT show up unannounced and DO NOT go to the hospital.
Anybody with severe illness, such as difficulty breathing Fever (100.4 F) plus cough or sore throat Get to a hospital right away. If you call 911, say that you may have severe influenza.


  1. Call your healthcare provider.

  2. Stay home (for your health and to avoid spreading illness to others).

  3. STUDENTS: Must contact their student advising office and instructors using their New School email address. All residence hall students should also contact their RAs that they are beginning home-isolation and discuss whether they need assistance with residential/dining or medication delivery matters until recovered.

    FACULTY: Must contact both their department chairs or director as per their departmental protocol as well as the students in their classes using Groupise email or Blackboard.

    EMPLOYEES: Must complete and submit an Employee Notice of Suspected H1N1 notification found on, or call the Human Resources 212.229.5671 x4942. Employees must also inform their immediate supervisor of their absence. All employees must contact the Human Resources Department at 212.229.5671 x4942, if they are unable to return to work after five days.