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Part 4. Personnel Policies

Section VII. Miscellaneous

D. Statement on Communicable Diseases (Updated 5/02)

This statement is intended for application in cases of any communicable disease occurring on campus such as cases of the more serious communicable diseases, including tuberculosis, hepatitis, chronic diarrhea states, salmonella carriers, and Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV).

1. It is strongly recommended that the University Medical Director be informed of any newly diagnosed communicable disease. Each reported incident will be handled on a case-by-case basis, with respect for the personís right to privacy, and with consideration for protecting his/her own welfare as well as the welfare of others.

2. Each campus department involved in contacting or handling blood or certain risk body fluid, or in which there is a potential for exchange of certain risk body fluids, shall develop individual policies and procedures concerning potential contact with communicable diseases. (There will be a central file of all departmental policies and procedures maintained in the Student Health Center.)

3. It is the responsibility of the department head to ensure annually that all employees are aware of the University statement on communicable diseases and any departmental policies and procedures concerned with communicable diseases. The Student Affairs Office shall disseminate information regarding the University statement on communicable diseases to students. Students participating in course work or activities in academic departments where there exists a reasonable potential for the exchange of certain risk body fluids shall be made aware of any departmental policies and procedures concerned with communicable diseases by the responsible faculty or staff member.

4. This statement and associated guidelines will be reviewed and revised on a regular basis according to new information. The responsibility will be assumed by the Campus Health Education Committee.

5. Any Idaho State University student or employee with a positive antibody test for AIDS exposure, or with the actual disease itself, shall not be discriminated against or denied access to the University experience. Every effort also must be made to protect the privacy of the individual. Persons having AIDS, or a positive antibody test for AIDS, shall be treated as any other student or employee on campus pursuant to Idaho Code § 39-601, et seq.

The ISU Student Health Center and University Counseling and Testing Services shall provide counseling to assist students who have a communicable disease or who have concerns regarding communicable diseases.

The Campus Health Education Committee, as part of its mission, shall coordinate and implement education programs to inform all campus constituencies about AIDS and its transmission, as well as other communicable diseases.

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