SH.09 - Infectious Disease Policy


SH.09.A – Communicable Disease Policy

The College administration will comply with all Federal and State laws applicable to College employees, students and job applicants with communicable, life threatening diseases, including but not limited to AIDS, HIV, Hepatitis-B (HBV) and tuberculosis. The TCC Board of Regents recognizes that employees and students with a communicable, life-threatening disease may wish to continue their employment or education activities. The Board also recognizes that the College must satisfy its legal obligation to provide a safe work environment for all employees, students, customers, and other visitors to our premises.

The TCC Board is committed, insofar as is reasonably possible, to providing a working and educational environment free of health hazards to its employees, students, customers and other visitors. As long as the weight of medical evidence supports with reasonable medical certainty that a particular disease is not communicable by the casual contact normally found in the workplace and/or classroom, the workplace and/or classroom will not be considered to be hazardous as a result of the presence of an afflicted student or employee. The confidentiality of information regarding individuals afflicted with a communicable, life-threatening disease shall be respected.

Through the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Administration will develop procedures and regulations concerning communicable life-threatening diseases in accordance with this policy. Such procedures and regulations will be published in the Student Code of Conduct.

Communicable Diseases Practices and Procedures

The purpose of these procedures is to establish guidelines to be followed when a College employee or student is diagnosed or becomes infected with a communicable, life-threatening disease, including but not limited to AIDS, HIV, Hepatitis-B (HBV) and tuberculosis. The College recognizes that employees and students with a communicable, life-threatening disease may wish to continue their employment or education activities. The College also recognizes that it must satisfy its legal obligation to provide a safe work environment for all employees, students, customers and other visitors to our premises.

General Procedures

The administration is committed, insofar, as is reasonably possible, to providing a working and educational environment free of health hazards to its employees, students, customers and other visitors. As long as the weight of medical evidence supports, with reasonable medical certainty, that a particular disease is not communicable by the casual contact normally found in the workplace and/or classroom, the workplace and/or classroom will not be considered to be hazardous as a result of the presence of an affected student or employee.

The College will comply with all Federal and State laws applicable to its employees, students and job applicants with communicable, life-threatening diseases. The confidentiality of information regarding individuals afflicted with a communicable, life-threatening disease shall be respected. College employees are to take all reasonable precautions to ensure such confidentiality. If an employee other than the affected employee inappropriately releases confidential medical information, other than to those administrators who have a bona fide need to know, he or she shall be subject to disciplinary action, which may include termination of employment. In certain situations, specific government reporting requirements or a medical justification may necessitate the disclosure of that information.

As long as an employee with a communicable, life-threatening disease is able to perform job duties satisfactorily, and the weight of medical evidence indicates that the condition is not a threat to self or others, the employee is to be treated consistently with others in the workplace. Similarly, as long as a student with a communicable, life-threatening disease is able to pursue an education within the established academic standards and medical evidence indicates that the condition is not a threat to self or others, the student is to be treated consistently with other students. Discrimination against and/or harassment of the employee and/or student may result in disciplinary action. In determining such employee's or student's ability to continue in employment or education activities, the College will consider making reasonable accommodations to the employee's or student's condition, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Health care workers, personal service workers, and food service workers employed by the College will follow guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control for the prevention of transmission of AIDS and other communicable diseases. The College will make educational materials on communicable, life-threatening diseases available for students and employees.

Procedure for Individuals Afflicted with a Communicable, Life-threatening Disease

An individual with a communicable, life-threatening disease which, according to the weight of medical evidence, is a threat to self or others shall be required to inform the proper College personnel of such condition. Failure to do so may cause the employee to be terminated and/or the student to be administratively withdrawn from classes.

Employees

An employee will inform the immediate supervisor if he/she has been diagnosed as having a communicable, life-threatening disease that constitutes a threat to self or others. It will be the responsibility of that supervisor to inform the administrator within the normal channel of communication of this situation. Medical reports or medical evidence will be used to assess each reported illness on a case-by-case basis.

Students

A student will inform the Dean of Student Affairs if he/she has been diagnosed as having a communicable, life-threatening disease that constitutes a threat to self or others. It will be the responsibility of the Dean of Student Affairs to notify the appropriate administrator(s) within the normal channel of communication of this situation.

The medical report or medical evidence will be used to assess each reported illness on a case-by-case basis.

Communicable Disease Plan

The College has implemented a plan that will help protect anyone that might encounter or be exposed to someone with a communicable disease. Examples of communicable disease or infectious illness under this policy include, but are not limited to, viral hepatitis, febrile illness, antibiotic resistant infections, tuberculosis, measles and mumps. Any person who should encounter a person demonstrating an illness should report this to the Campus Police immediately. Care should also be taken to prevent other persons in the area from coming into contact with an ill person that meets criteria of a communicable disease. Campus Police will call for medical assessment, isolate the area, and notify ABM for cleaning/disinfecting campus locations. Additional information regarding communicable disease may be obtained in the Risk Management office.

During certain communicable disease outbreaks such as a large epidemic or pandemic, all members of the TCC community may be subject to requirements imposed by federal and or state and local authorities. TCC will follow guidelines as outlined by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This may include requirements that individuals who travel to and from countries with active communicable disease outbreaks report such travel and may also include testing and screenings considered medically appropriate prior to returning to work or school. Before a patient may return to work or classes after having been diagnosed with a communicable disease, he/she must be examined by a physician. The physician shall certify that the patient is no longer contagious to others and that the patient presents no risk to the College community.

It is the responsibility of certified and licensed health officials, external to the College, to provide a confirmed diagnosis to the appropriate College sources when a TCC student or employee is known to have a confirmed diagnosis of a communicable disease. It is the responsibility of the Vice President of Administration to report specific communicable diseases to the appropriate public health agencies in accordance with Oklahoma State Department of Health laws.

Immunizations

Written or electronic records with dates of vaccine administration are the only acceptable evidence of vaccination. An attestation is accepted at time of enrollment but further documentation in the form of a vaccine record will be necessary during an epidemic or communicable disease outbreak and should be provided upon request.

The following immunizations are recommended for students attending Tulsa Community College:

Vaccine Major Indications
MMR
Measles, Mumps, Rubella
All college students born after 1956 without history of disease are recommended to have two doses of MMR vaccine.
Varicella
Chicken Pox
All college students without history of disease are recommended to have two doses of varicella vaccine.
Tdap
Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (whooping cough)
All college students are recommended to have a Tdap vaccine regardless of interval since last tetanus.
Hepatitis B All college students are recommended to have the Hepatitis B series which consists of 3 immunizations over the course of 6 months.
Meningococcal B The meningococcal B vaccine is available to all students ages 16–23 for short-term protection while in college.
Influenza
Flu shot
All college students are recommended to get the flu shot annually.
HPV
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
All college students through age 26 are recommended to get the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.

SH.09.B – Blood Borne Pathogens

Blood borne pathogens are potentially infectious body fluids, which include Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and other infectious blood borne diseases. The College has implemented a plan that will help protect anyone that might encounter one of these body fluids. Any person who should encounter any form of body fluid of a person or persons other than themselves should report this to the Campus Police immediately. Care should also be taken to prevent other persons in the area from contacting the body fluid. Additional information regarding blood borne pathogens may be obtained in the Risk Management office on each campus.