Procedure 8.06.01 - Communicable Disease


The communicable disease policy applies to all employees, employees of contractors or contracted services, and students of SCC.

Definitions

  1. A communicable disease is an illness due to an infectious agent or its toxic products, which is transmitted directly or indirectly to a person from an infected person or animal through the agency of an intermediate animal, host or vector, or through the inanimate environment (NC G.S. 130-A-133). Communicable diseases include, but are not limited to chickenpox, hepatitis, measles, meningitis, mononucleosis, whooping cough, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), whether category A, B, or C.
  2. An employee is a person permitted to work for a specified purpose in the interest of SCC and over whose work activities the college exercises direct control. For the purpose of the Communicable Disease Policy and its procedures, a case involving an intern, volunteer, or other non-regular worker shall be handled as in the case of an employee. This policy also applies to employees of contractors or contracted services.
  3. A student is any officially enrolled and matriculated person in a curriculum or continuing education courses(s) at SCC during the semester in which the communicable disease is reported, or at other relevant times.

Procedures

A person who knows, or has a reasonable basis for believing, that he or she is infected with a communicable disease has an ethical and legal obligation to conduct him or herself in accordance with such knowledge to protect him or herself and others. In this respect, faculty and staff are required to report this information to the vice president of administrative services; students are required to report this information to the vice president of student development services. All information is kept confidential. Only persons with a medical or legal need to know are informed and only with the prior direct knowledge of the employee or student.

Employee

  1. If an employee reports a communicable disease condition to the vice president of administrative services, the employee may be excluded from the workplace until an appropriate evaluation of the employee’s medical condition can be made. The evaluation is to be made by a physician and/or health department official, and testing may be required if appropriate.
  2. The assessment of an employee with a suspected communicable disease and the final determination of that employee’s ability to remain on the job will be made by the president, after consultation with the Communicable Disease Committee and based on professional medical judgment.
  3. If an employee is found to have a communicable disease, then the president will prohibit the attendance of the employee on campus or at any college activity until a satisfactory letter or certificate is obtained from one or more licensed physicians or public health officials stating that the attendance of the employee is not a health risk to other employees and students at the college.

Student

  1. If a student reports a communicable disease condition to the vice president of student development services, the student may be excluded from the institution until an appropriate evaluation of the student’s medical condition can be made. The evaluation is made by a physician and/or health department official, and testing may be required if appropriate.
  1. The assessment of a student with a suspected communicable disease and the final determination of that student’s ability to remain in school is made by the vice president of student development services, after consultation with the Communicable Disease Committee and based upon professional medical judgment.
  2. If a student is found to have a communicable disease, the vice president of student development services prohibits the attendance of the student on campus or at any college activity until a satisfactory letter or certificate is obtained from one or more licensed physicians or public health officials stating that the student is not a health risk to employees and other students at the college.

Employee of a Contractor or Contracted Service

  1. If an employee of a contractor or contracted service reports a communicable disease condition to his or her supervisor, or to the official of the college who is liaison with the contractor or contracted service, the employee is excluded from the workplace until appropriate evaluation of the employee’s medical condition can be made.
  2. The assessment of a contractor or a contracted service employee with a suspected communicable disease, and the final determination of that person’s ability to remain on the job, is made by the vice president of administrative services after consultation with the Communicable Disease Committee and based upon recommendations from the local health authorities and/or professional medical judgment.

Communicable Disease Education Program

The college establishes a Communicable Disease Committee to coordinate its on-going educational campaign and to advise the appropriate vice president or president on individual cases of communicable disease. The committee includes, but is not limited to an official from the Columbus County Hospital; the vice president of administrative services, the vice president of student development services, the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, and the dean of health programs. The educational campaign is the responsibility of the entire institution and is designed to reach all constituencies. It conveys basic information in various ways, including the distribution of printed material, posters, meetings, and speakers. The campaign is a continuing one that accommodates the annual turnover in student and employee populations.

Guidelines Dealing With Handling Body Fluids

“Guidelines Dealing With Handling Body Fluids,” developed by the Division of Health Services of the State of North Carolina in 1987, has been adopted by the college to provide simple and effective precautions against transmission of diseases for all persons. No distinction is made between body fluids from students or employees with a known disease or those from students or employees without symptoms or with an undiagnosed disease. These guidelines are on file in the Student Development and Operations and Finance areas. The institution also applies the “Guidelines” in the treatment and/or removal of infectious wastes identified at the institution. Removal of the waste is under the direction of the institution’s Maintenance Supervisor.