Protocol for Serious Communicable and Bloodborne Infectious Disease

Harcum College is committed to providing a safe educational environment. The college has adopted a policy to address serious communicable diseases within the college community.
A. The College is an equal opportunity institution and, as such does not discriminate in its programs, activities, admissions or employment practice with regard to race,color, creed/national origin, sex, age, disability or sexual orientation.
The College also acts in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended: the Educational Rights Amendment Act of 1972; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974; the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989; the College and University Security Information Act of 1988; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
B. Communicable Diseases including Hepatitis and Acquired immune deficiency syndrome(AIDS) are concerns which will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. An appropriate course of action will be determined.
C. Protection of individual’s privacy and confidentiality of information will follow the provisions of Pennsylvania state law and federal regulations. Confidentiality will be upheld and respected. All health records will be maintained in locked files. Health information will only be released with written consent.
D. Concerns related to Serious Communicable Diseases will be addressed by the Harcum College Communicable Disease Task Force. The membership of the task force is as follows:
1. Harcum College Physician (advisory)
2. Director of Health Center
3. Safety Director
4. Dean of Students (for student cases)
5. Dean of Faculty (for student and faculty cases)
6. Representative Program Director/Manager
Responsibilities of the task force include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Review all cases involving serious communicable diseases.
2. Compose a plan of action within federal and state guidelines that is in the best interest of safety for the individual and college community.
3. Present the recommendations to the Provost regarding appropriate actions.
4. Monitor all current cases involving serious communicable diseases and recommend adjustments when necessary.
E. The College will make current information on communicable diseases available to the college community, including counseling, testing sources, and information sources.

Student Policy

Once a student’s diagnoses for a Serious Communicable/Bloodborne Infectious Disease is known, the Health Center Director is notified immediately. The Health Center Director and the student’s Program Director will coordinate the meeting of the task force.

The Task Force will meet and determine the course of action that is necessary.

All meetings and communications regarding the student will be confidential. The student’s identity will not be revealed to anyone on the task forces except the Health Center Director and Program Director.

Employee Policy

Once an employee’s diagnoses for a serious communicable / bloodborne infectious disease is known, the Human Resources Director must be notified immediately. The Human Resources Director will work with the Health Center Director and coordinate a meeting of the Task Force.

The Task Force will meet and determine the course of action that is necessary.

All meetings and communications regarding the employee will be confidential. The employee’s identity will not be revealed to anyone on the task force except the Health Center Director and Human Resources Director.