Communicable Disease

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University Policy Number 1116

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Policy Procedure:

  • University Communicable Disease Plan

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I. Scope

This policy applies to all George Mason University students and employees.

II. Policy Statement

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that George Mason University administers a coordinated effort to protect university students and employees in the event of an occurrence of a communicable disease on university campuses or at university sponsored activities.  This policy will be implemented at the sole discretion of the Medical Director of Student Health Services in consultation with the Emergency Operations Group.

III. Definitions

“Communicable disease” means an infectious disease that is spread from person to person through casual contact, exposure to body fluids, or respiratory droplets. Examples of communicable diseases include, but are not limited to: tuberculosis (TB), measles, German measles (rubella), hepatitis, meningitis, influenza, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), norovirus, exotic pathogens (e.g., Ebola and certain strains of influenza).

IV. Responsibilities

Confidentiality Statement: Employees and students must maintain the confidentiality of medical records and medical information pursuant to state and federal law.

A. Medical Director: After receiving a report of infectious disease, the Medical Director of Student Health Services will initiate an investigation to determine the validity of the information. If the report is verified, and the Medical Director determines that the disease poses a serious threat to the health of the university community, the Medical Director will recommend to the Emergency Operations Group (EOG) the activation of the University Communicable Disease Plan. Once the University Communicable Disease Plan is activated, all response and protection activities will be coordinated by the Emergency Operations Group under the direction of the Medical Director with guidance from local and state health departments, federal agencies, and local health care providers as necessary and appropriate.

B. Environmental Health and Safety Office: The Environmental Health and Safety Office shall participate in the development of mitigation and response strategies to communicable disease issues and coordinate university response activities in accordance with the University Emergency Operations Plan and University Communicable Disease Plan.

C. Employees and Students: Shall expeditiously seek medical attention if necessary and report all incidents of infectious disease to Student Health Services and/or to their supervisor.

D. Individual(s) diagnosed with communicable diseases: When the University Communicable Disease Plan is activated, students who have been diagnosed as having a communicable disease must consult with Student Health Services or present written documentation from his/her treating physician or primary care provider documenting that the individual is medically cleared (i.e., is no longer infectious to others) before returning to school. Employees who have been diagnosed as having a communicable disease may be asked to provide written documentation from their treating physician or primary care provider documenting that they are medically cleared (i.e. is no longer infectious to others) before returning to work. This information must be presented to Student Health Services (for students) or to Human Resources and Payroll, (for employees).

V. Dates

A. Effective Date:

This policy was originally approved May 29, 2006.  This policy shall be reviewed and revised, if necessary, annually to become effective at the beginning of the University’s fiscal year, unless otherwise noted.

B. Date of Most Recent Review:

 July 19, 2016.

 VI. Timetable for Review

This policy, and any related procedures, shall be reviewed annually or more frequently as needed.

VII. Signatures

 Approved:

_/S______________________
Maurice W. Scherrens
Senior Vice President

_/S_______________________
Peter N. Stearns
Provost

Date approved: June 15, 2006

Revision approved: August 2, 2016