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4.02(m) –Communicable Diseases

  1. Purpose

    To establish guidelines and procedures in the event a student or employee has or may have a communicable disease.

  2. Policy

    The policy of this college shall be that students or employees who have or may have become infected with communicable diseases not automatically be excluded from enrollment or employment. Individuals shall not have access restricted to college services or facilities, unless it is medically necessary, crucial to protect other members of the college community, or required by law.

  3. Procedures
    1. Members of the college community who know, or have reasonable basis for believing, that they are infected with a communicable disease, are expected to seek medical advice about their health circumstances and should conduct themselves responsibly in accordance with such knowledge for the protection of others. They are also urged to share that information with the appropriate college administrator so that the college can respond appropriately to their needs and the needs of others in the college community who may be impacted.
    2. When the college receives information indicating that a student or employee has or may have a communicable disease, the college will evaluate the situation and respond on an individual case-by-case basis. As applicable, such response will take into consideration state and federal laws, guidance and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and other agencies, the expressed desires and opinions of the individual who is infected, the recommendation of the individual’s physician, and potential actions that are necessary for the protection of others in the college community.
      1. If the college determines that a student will be restricted from classes/campus due to a communicable disease, the college will work with the student to allow him/her to complete his/her coursework in a manner that complies with college academic requirements.
    3. As the college is considering and implementing its response, information about the individual’s infection or potential infection will be disclosed to college officials only on a need-to-know basis unless the individual consents in writing to other releases of the information. Notwithstanding, the college may be obligated, by law, to disclose to public health officials information about certain communicable diseases.
  4. Responsibilities
    N/A
  5. Definitions
    A “communicable disease” includes, but is not limited to, the following: diphtheria, hepatitis, HIV, influenza, meningococcal meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis (TB), varicella (chickenpox).
  6. Authority

    This policy is maintained under the authority of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.

  7. Related Policies

    N/A

  8. Implementation
    1. Purpose and Policy approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on 7/11/94. Revised 5/14/18.
    2. Procedures, Responsibilities, Definitions, Authority, and Related Policies approved and adopted by the Cabinet on 5/14/18.
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