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Case—Dealing with the Bug in the Classrooms: Planning for a Pandemic

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  • Ruben A. Proano

    () (Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York 14623)

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In 2009, public and private organizations were forced to consider how the circulation of a new and potentially lethal infectious disease, the H1N1 flu virus, would affect their day-to-day activities. The virus started circulating in the spring of 2009 and in a matter of months it had already spread all over the world. Similarly, to what happened in the deadly 1918 Spanish influenza, it especially affected young adults, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems. Universities, colleges, and school districts were among the organizations that had to design and implement response and mitigation plans that would not only protect their students, but that would avoid any disruption to the academic calendar while considering limited available resources. The following two-part case study describes some of the challenges faced by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a private university in upstate New York, in dealing with H1N1, and gives students the opportunity to apply quantitative analysis to help the university develop a preparedness plan to deal with future pandemics.

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  • Ruben A. Proano, 2016. "Case—Dealing with the Bug in the Classrooms: Planning for a Pandemic," INFORMS Transactions on Education, INFORMS, vol. 16(3), pages 97-103, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:orited:v:16:y:2016:i:3:p:97-103
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