Infectious Disease Policy 611.00

Johnson County Community College
Series: 600 Safety and Security
Section: Campus Community Safety and Wellness

Applicability: This Policy applies to all Johnson County Community College employees, students and visitors. The Policy applies to all College facilities, activities or events.

Purpose: This Policy is intended to prevent the spreading or outbreak of communicable or infectious diseases and will be interpreted and administered in order to protect the health and well-being of the College community.

Definition: “Infectious disease” is defined as a disease of humans or animals resulting from an infection or an illness due to exposure to a specific disease agent which arises through transmission of that disease agent, either directly or indirectly, including but not limited to, hepatitis A and B, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, Rubella, chicken pox, influenza, measles, meningitis and others as may be identified by the Centers for Disease Control, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Johnson County Health Department.

Statement: It is the intent of the College to comply with all applicable federal and state laws in connection with an individual who contracts an infectious disease. In the event of an infectious disease in the College community, the College will review and monitor the situation on a case-by-case basis and work with local, state and national authorities, as necessary, to determine the appropriate course of action.  

As permitted by law, the College may take steps to identify and address potential infectious diseases, including but not limited to the following:

  • Inquire about an individual’s medical condition;
  • Require an individual who has contracted an infectious disease to submit a physician's statement of health prior to returning, which may include proof of appropriate vaccination;
  • Require an individual to submit to an appropriate medical evaluation from a physician of the College’s choosing at the College's expense;
  • Consult with the individual’s physician (with appropriate consent) regarding the infectious disease;
  • Consult with a physician designated by the College, and such other persons or resources, including the public health department, to assist in determining the appropriate course of action;
  • Institute quarantine or isolation protocol;
  • Restrict travel to high-risk locations;
  • Exclude individuals who are infected or at risk of infection from the classroom, workplace or other College activities (employees will be subject to the College’s policies, procedures and other requirements for requesting/receiving benefits and leaves);
  • Maintain the confidentiality of and/or disclose the identity and other information regarding the infectious disease as may be required by law;
  • Follow guidance or directives from local, state or national authorities;
  • Offer accommodations to employees and students who are displaced from their regularly scheduled College activities;
  • Activate College Emergency Operations to consider measures such as social distancing, College closure, cleaning procedures, travel monitoring, class suspension, etc.; and/or
  • Implement other temporary action that is reasonably required to prevent unacceptable risk of exposure until the College is able to consult with a physician or local, state or national authorities.

Date of Adoption:
Revised: 11/20/2003, 07/22/2016 (Renumbered from previous version: 424.05)