Communicable Diseases in the Workplace

Type: 
Procedure
Category: 
Health and Safety
Department: 
Health Clinic
Phone: 
(541) 463-5665
Primary Contact: 
Jayne Culberson
Contact Email: 
Responsible Executive Authority: 
Vice President, College Services
Purpose: 

This procedure is designed to address serious communicable diseases, not the common cold, flu, or other routine illnesses. The College strives to make adequate provision for the safety and security of students and staff. Serious communicable diseases have the potential to affect everyone in the learning environment at Lane Community College.

Narrative: 

Serious communicable diseases have the potential to affect everyone in the learning environment at Lane Community College.  This procedure is not designed to address the common cold or flu, or other routine communicable diseases, but rather those illnesses or diseases that have been identified as being more serious in nature.  The college expects that students and employees will be sensitive to symptomology and utilize sound judgment in determining their level of illness, following guidelines provided by their health care providers and official public health information.  Lane Community College will follow current public health guidelines.

Students who learn they have an illness that has the potential to be passed on to co-workers, fellow students or clients in the regular course of their study or work at Lane need to disclose this to the Health Clinic, Public Safety Manager or the Disabilities Services office.

Employees who learn they have an illness that has the potential to be passed on to co-workers, students or clients in the regular course of their work at Lane need to disclose this to the Executive Director of Human Resources or designee.

The person to whom the student or staff person discloses the illness will work with the person to determine steps necessary to protect the disclosing person and other members of the campus community.  Lane recognizes that a student's or employee's medical condition is confidential information and will treat it as such unless otherwise provided by law. 

Students and employees, with a communicable disease or life threatening medical condition, will be allowed to work as long as they can maintain acceptable performance and do not pose a health threat to themselves or others. Lane may periodically obtain medical counsel to evaluate the student's or employee's health or the health risk to others.  Lane Community College reserves the right to ask students or employees who show signs and symptoms of a communicable illness to seek medical evaluation and provide a medical release prior to returning to classes or work when appropriate.

Date Adopted: 
Saturday, May 1, 1999
Date Last Reviewed: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013