Subject: Policy on Communicable Diseases
Date: August 2004
Distribution Code: E
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Origination Office: Office of President
The purposes of this policy are to:
Safeguard the welfare of students and employees
Manage the operations of the university in an effective and efficient manner
Inform and advise the university community
Establish operating procedures appropriate to all constituents of the university community
The Policy shall be implemented for communicable diseases commonly found in the college population and which can be transmitted by air, object or through casual contact. Examples of these communicable diseases are:
Rubella - 3day measles
Rubeola - 9day measles
Meningitis - viral and bacterial
Severe Adult Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The scope of this policy shall also include other communicable diseases that pose risks similar to the diseases listed above and which would put the university community at risk.
Excluded from this policy are communicable diseases transmitted through sexual contact, or through needle use, such as Hepatitis B and HIV.
The objectives of the communicable Disease Policy are to:
Define communicable diseases
Identify reporting requirements
Identify individuals and groups with responsibilities in the presence (outbreak) of a communicable disease
Provide information about methods of self-protection for members of the university community
Recommend a program of education and training for members of the university community
A. Procedures for Treating Students with Communicable Diseases Who Reside In University Housing:
B. Procedures for Treating Student with Communicable Disease Who Reside Off-Campus:
C. Procedures for Managing University Employees with Communicable Diseases:
D. Procedures for Managing an epidemic Among Children Participating in University Programs:
E. Procedures for Managing an Epidemic among Participants in University-Sponsored Camps and Conferences:
F. Procedures for Training Employees about Communicable Disease:
The following definitions pertain to this policy:
Communicable Disease – A communicable disease is an illness due to a specific infectious agent or its toxic produces which can be transmitted from one individual to another. A communicable disease may be transmitted directly from one
body to another without the aid of other objects, e.g., kissing, sexual contact, droplet spray from sneezing, coughing, spitting, singing or talking. It may be transmitted indirectly when an object transmits the organism. Objects of transmission may
be clothing, linens, utensils, food, water, milk, air, soil or insects.
Communicable Period – The communicable period is that period of time or times during which the infectious agent may be transferred directly or indirectly from an infected person to another person.
It is the responsibility of all affected parties to report all communicable diseases to the Student Health Service Director. The Student Health Service Director shall notify the Vice President for Student Affairs who shall in turn notify the President
when a communicable disease threatens the university community.
It is the responsibility of certified and licensed health officials, external to the university, to provide a confirmed diagnosis to the appropriate university sources when a university student or employee is known to have a confirmed diagnosis of a communicable
It is the responsibility of the Student Health Service to report specific communicable diseases to the appropriate public health agencies in accordance with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania health laws.
The responsibility for coordination of the implementation of the Communicable Disease policy shall be shared among the following groups:
Student Health Services
Office of Human Resources
Office of Housing and Residence Life
Office of Housekeeping Director
Office of Safety/Police
Institutional Advancement/Office of Media Relations
Office of Director of Physical Plant
When deemed appropriate by the Vice President for Student Affairs, it is the responsibility of the Office of Media Relations to publicly announce that an epidemic of a communicable disease has been confirmed, and to state the related facts that serve
to inform and protect the university community.
(See Policy Statement) – Not Applicable