Isothermal Community College

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Communicable Disease

Isothermal Community College shall not exclude individuals with communicable diseases unless a determination is made that the individual presents a health risk to himself/herself or others. It is the policy of the College to consider the educational or employment status of those with a communicable disease on an individual basis.

Communicable diseases as defined in this policy include, but are not limited to, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), chicken pox, hepatitis, measles, tuberculosis, meningitis, mononucleosis and whooping cough, and for purposes of this Policy only, those communicable diseases which constitute a disability pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A.  Procedure

  1. All information and records that identify a person as having a communicable disease shall be strictly confidential.
  2. Disclosure of medical information shall be made by the President only to those on a need-to-know basis to protect the welfare of persons infected with a communicable disease or the welfare of other members of the College community.
  3. Unauthorized disclosure of medical information by an employee of the College is prohibited. Violation of this prohibition may result in the suspension from or termination of employment.
  4. A person who knows or has a reasonable basis for believing that he/she is infected with a communicable disease is expected to seek expert advice about his/her health circumstances and is obligated ethically and legally to conduct himself/herself responsibly toward other members of the College community.
  5. Faculty and staff of the College and employees of contractors or contracted services who are infected with a communicable disease are urged to notify the appropriate Dean/Director so that the College can respond appropriately to his/her health needs. Students are urged to share information with the appropriate Dean/Director for the same reason.
  6. A person infected with a communicable disease (including the AIDS virus whether active AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex, or zero positive to virus) will not be excluded from enrollment or employment or restricted in his/her access to the College’s services or facilities unless, in individual cases, the College administration determines that exclusion or other restrictions are necessary for the health and welfare of others at the College. 
  7. Included in making decisions in individual cases which restrict access to employment shall be the College President, Legal Counsel for the College, the Deans/Directors, the individual’s personal physician, the local Health Director (or designee) and if necessary, another physician with expertise in managing communicable disease cases.
  8. The College shall provide information regarding communicable diseases, especially AIDS.

Policy No: 601-02-06BP

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Adopted:  May 22, 1991
Amended:  June 29, 2010