Published April 6, 2017
Viral gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by one of any number of viruses. Also known as the stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis can affect anyone throughout the world. This highly contagious illness spreads through close contact with people who are infected.
Symptoms usually begin one or two days after infection and may include:
Symptoms can last anywhere from one to 7 days.
Evaluate your obligations for the next week and where necessary contact your instructors/employers directly to appraise them of your situation and to arrange an appropriate accommodation – e.g., accessing course material electronically, excused attendance, submitting papers or other coursework via email, rescheduling a test, performing an alternative assignment, etc.
Course instructors should not require medical documentation to validate a student’s illness or to return to work, as doctors’ offices and medical facilities (including Student Health Services) will be extremely busy and will not be able to provide such documentation in a timely way. This echoes the existing UB excuse note policy.