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Communicable Diseases Policy

 

MACC endeavors to provide its employees and students with a safe work and learning environment. This policy is intended to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases for members of the MACC community. Communicable diseases include, but are not limited to, measles, influenza, viral hepatitis-A (infectious hepatitis), viral hepatitis-B (serum hepatitis), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection), AIDS, Ebola Virus, meningococcal disease, and tuberculosis. A student/employee with a communicable disease may present a reasonably foreseeable risk of harm to others. Therefore, the College will take action in accordance with this policy to minimize the risk of transmission and to maintain a safe campus and educational environment. Some College departments have additional restrictions and procedures that must be followed due to the nature of the educational environment.

 

Responsible Conduct

Individuals who know they have a communicable disease or who have a reasonable basis for believing that they have a communicable disease have an obligation to conduct themselves responsibly for their own protection and the protection of other members of the MACC community. Employees/students with communicable diseases must not knowingly engage in any activity that creates a material risk of transmission to others.

 

Reporting

Members of the MACC community who know or suspect that they are infected are expected to seek expert advice about their health circumstances and are obligated ethically and legally to conduct themselves responsibly in accordance with such knowledge for the protection of others. Employees who know they are infected are urged to share that information with the Director of Human Resources. A student should contact the Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Written notification will be provided of the procedural safeguards as set forth in the College's compliance plan for section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, if applicable.

 

Preventative Procedures

During certain communicable disease outbreaks such as a large epidemic or pandemic, all members of the MACC community may be subject to requirements imposed by federal and or state and local authorities. MACC 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. This would also apply to students coming from such countries, and students residing in MACC's dorms (167.638 RS/MO). MACC study abroad programs may also be suspended and registration or position appointments delayed under such provisions.

 

Mandatory Testing for Tuberculosis (Missouri Revised Statutes 199.290)

State law mandates that all higher education institutions in Missouri implement a targeted testing program for tuberculosis on their campuses for all on-campus students and faculty upon matriculation. All MACC students who are determined through the admissions application to be at risk of tuberculosis will be required to be TB tested. All MACC faculty who are determined through the employment application process to be at risk of tuberculosis will be required to be TB tested. Testing can be done at any local county health department. Any student who does not comply with the targeted testing program shall not be permitted to maintain enrollment in the subsequent semester at the institution. Any faculty member who does not comply with the targeted testing program risks disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

 

Mandatory Vaccination against Bacterial Meningitis (Missouri Revised Statutes 174.335)

All students residing in MACC residence hall facilities will be required to have received the meningococcal vaccine unless a signed statement of medical or religious exemption is on file with the admission's office. A student shall be exempted from the immunization requirement of this section upon signed certification by a physician indicating that either the immunization would seriously endanger the student's health or life or the student has documentation of the disease or laboratory evidence of immunity to the disease. A student shall be exempted from the immunization requirement if he or she objects in writing to the institution's administration that immunization violates his or her religious beliefs.

 

Reporting and Review Requirements for Certain Communicable Diseases

Individuals who know they have a communicable disease or who have a reasonable basis for believing that they have a communicable disease have an obligation to conduct themselves responsibly for their own protection and the protection of other members of the MACC community. Employees/students with communicable diseases must not knowingly engage in any activity that creates a material risk of transmission to others.

 

Restrictions and Modifications on Employment or Academic Activities

Decisions regarding restrictions on modifications of employment and academic duties/activities and access to facilities or programs as a result of a communicable disease will be made on a case-by-case basis, when possible, depending on the type and nature of the communicable disease, the nature of work or work setting, and the risk to the health of the individual or others. Such restrictions or modifications may include, among other things, changes in job function, location, course format, or work schedule, and/or change in work setting. MACC shall make efforts to implement such decisions as discreetly and confidentially as possible, with as little harm as possible to the person, his/her career/educational studies, and his/her standing in the community.

 

Confidentiality

MACC recognizes the importance of protecting, to the greatest extent possible, the confidentiality and privacy interests of all employees and students suspected of having a communicable disease. Accordingly, such information will be handled with the same degree of care and sensitivity as is accorded to other types of highly confidential information. MACC will disclose sensitive medical information of employees and students no further than is necessary to ensure the health and safety of MACC employees and students.