Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Staff Handbook

Contagious and Infectious Disease Policy

Mount Vernon Nazarene University recognizes that certain contagious and infectious diseases jeopardize the health, welfare, and safety of the individual as well as all members of the community. When these conditions occur, the situation may produce a diverse effect upon the academic and residential community. Contagious and infectious diseases shall consist of any and all forms of disease that pose a health hazard to the people on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus by virtue of their ability to spread and cause morbidity and mortality to those people. The University also recognizes the importance of maintaining individual confidentiality while protecting the population of the University. The following are policies and procedures that seek to assure confidentiality, health, and safety, with regards to contagious and infectious diseases:

  1. The President will appoint a Contagious and Infectious Disease Committee to administer policies and procedures. Composition of this committee will include the Vice President for Finance, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Development, Director of Human Resources, Student Health Services Coordinator, and Director of Counseling and Wellness.
  2. All students, who have been diagnosed to have a contagious or infectious disease that is a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the individual or other members of the University community, are required to inform the Student Health Services Coordinator who carries institutional responsibility for the implementation of the contagious and infectious disease policy. All employees who have been diagnosed with a contagious or infectious disease that is a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the individual or other members of the University community, are required to inform the Director of Human Resources.
  3. While Mount Vernon Nazarene University will not presently undertake a program for screening newly-admitted, current students, or newly-hired or current employees for contagious or infectious diseases, the University reserves the right to require a physical examination and/or testing when there is reasonable cause.
  4. The classroom attendance, residence options, and other campus participation of a student and the employment duties of a faculty or staff member with a contagious or infectious disease that poses a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of other members of the community will be considered by the Contagious and Infectious Disease Committee on a case-by-case basis in a manner that maintains confidentiality and safety of the individual. This committee makes its recommendations to the University President who consults with legal counsel as appropriate. The following shall also be taken into consideration: the status of the individual’s overall health, the threat of infection to other members of the community, the status of the disease, the individual’s cooperativeness with University and health officials, the individual’s lifestyle, and the individual’s concern for others.
  5. Exclusion may be necessary when the individual, based on the best medical advice available, presents a risk of infection to others or would himself/herself be subjected to serious risk of infection from others. When exclusion is necessary, the University will maintain confidentiality and deal with the individual in a manner that exemplifies compassion and concern.
  6. It is a standard requirement that the University will adopt safety procedures for the handling of fluids such as urine, blood, and saliva since many diseases can be transmitted from infected persons to others by coming in contact with these substances. Disinfection of classrooms, laboratories, and other areas will be maintained according to accepted standards and procedures as outlined in the University’s Blood Borne Pathogens Procedures Manual.
  7. University administration and staff will keep to an absolute minimum those who are aware of an individual who has a contagious or infectious disease to protect the confidentiality and privacy of the infected individual. Confidentiality will be maintained under the requirements of the health regulations of the State of Ohio and privacy requirements of FERPA. The Contagious and Infectious Disease Committee will strictly observe public health reporting requirements.
  8. Any Mount Vernon Nazarene University faculty, staff, or student who has been diagnosed or has tested positive for a contagious or infectious disease that is a threat to the health, safety, and welfare and does not honor the University policies and procedures, engages in conduct known to result in the infection of others, or ignores specific instructions as set forth will be subject to dismissal.
  9. The University’s Contagious and Infectious Disease Committee will provide education, information, and counseling services to increase awareness and to deter the spread of contagious and infectious diseases. This preventative program will emphasize the recommendations of the public health services.

Policy was adopted by the President’s Administrative Cabinet on August 17, 1994.

Committee members’ titles and responsibilities revised on May 16, 2008 and September 4, 2008.