Part 8 Subpart 8-9 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Other Communicable Diseases

Sec. 8-904. Student Life.

  1. Questions of a communicable disease involving a student's activities or restriction thereof will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Such determinations shall include consideration of the following factors:
    1. The probability of infection of fellow students or other members of the University community, based on the expected interaction of the student in the University setting.
    2. The possible consequences to fellow students and other members of the University community, if infected.
    3. The risks to the infected student's personal health from remaining in a campus life environment.
    The determination with respect to any student shall be made following consultation among the Health Center Medical Staff Physician(s), the Director of the County Health Department, and other persons only as they need to be involved in such a situation.
  2. The Health Center will notify the Mecosta County Health Department of all cases of Hepatitis B, positive AIDS, and other diseases required to be reported under state or federal law.
  3. The Health Center will establish procedures to reduce the frequency of needlesticks and exposure to human blood, blood products, or mucous secretions in order to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious agents. These procedures will include the following:
    1. An occasional patient seen at the Health Center may have a health condition communicable through blood, respiratory or mucous secretions. Such patients and their conditions may not be recognized prior to receiving clinic services. Therefore, all patients should be treated with the highest regard given to aseptic techniques and procedures as outlined in this subpart.
    2. All clinic instruments which contact a person's blood or mucous membranes must be appropriately cleansed, disinfected or sterilized between uses; or if disposable, such instruments must be placed in a labeled container designed for such purpose. Such instruments must never be left lying about.
    3. All needlesticks must be immediately reported to the proper medical supervisor for further evaluation.
    4. All Health Center medical staff shall be educated with respect to the transmissibility of infectious diseases such as Hepatitis B and HTLV-III virus.
  4. The Health Center shall use disposable needles which will be properly disposed of immediately after use.
  5. The Health Center will make available testing for Hepatitis B virus, HTLV-III antibodies and other communicable diseases.
  6. Counseling will be made available either with the Personal Counseling Department or the County Health Department.
  7. The Health Center will observe strict confidentiality of any and all medical records. No specific or detailed information concerning complaints or diagnosis will be provided to faculty, administrators, or parents, without the expressed written permission of the patient.
    Cross Reference:
    Sec. 8-901. Academic setting - required procedures.
    Statutory Reference:
    Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act of 1974, 20 USC §1232g
  8. This section will be periodically reviewed in light of the most recent medical knowledge concerning the specific diseases to which it is applicable.

Prior Board Action:

Entire Subpart 8-9 included in October 19, 2001 Codification, Phase I.

Entire Subpart 8-9 included in October 22, 2004 Codification, Phase II.