6.00 Communicable Disease Policy

I. Rule

This policy complies with State Board of Community Colleges Code 1C SBCCC 200.94 (PDF), which requires all colleges to have a communicable disease policy.

II. Purpose

Central Piedmont Community College is committed to providing, to the extent possible, a healthy and safe educational environment for all students and employees. The purpose of this policy is to help prevent the spread of communicable disease through measures that focus on safety, prevention, and education while prohibiting discrimination against persons afflicted with communicable diseases.

III. Definitions

A communicable disease is defined as any condition which is transmitted directly or indirectly to a person from an infected person or animal through the agency of an intermediate host or vector or through the inanimate environment. Communicable diseases are spread via airborne viruses or bacteria or contact with human blood or other bodily fluids. In addition to viruses and bacteria, communicable disease pathogens include fungi and parasites. Often the terms infectious and contagious are used to describe a communicable disease (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

A reportable disease is a communicable disease of unusual significance, incidence, or occurrence which may merit an epidemiological evaluation and is of most importance from a public health perspective.

IV. Policy

Persons who know or who have reason to believe they are infected with a reportable communicable disease have an obligation to conduct themselves in accordance with such knowledge in order to protect themselves and others. Students and employees who have communicable diseases, whether symptomatic or not, shall be allowed regular classroom and work attendance in a non-restrictive manner as long as they are able to attend classes and/or work and do not pose a medically proven threat for transmission of the disease or condition.

Advice from a licensed medical professional is encouraged to assess the probability of posing a public health threat or to provide a recommended course of treatment. When there is no medical justification for restricting the entry of students and employees who have communicable diseases, they shall be allowed access to College property and facilities.

All medical information related to the communicable diseases of students and employees shall be kept confidential. No person, group, agency, insurer, employer, or institution shall be provided any medical information without the prior, specific written consent of a student or employee unless providing such information is required by state and/or federal law.

V. Procedures

In the event of a communicable disease occurrence within the surrounding region or state that is clearly in excess of normal expectancy or reaches the outbreak classification, the College will monitor the situation by maintaining continual communication with local and state health officials to provide timely and appropriate updates to the College community. Depending on the severity or categorical aspect of a specific event, less serious communicable disease occurrences will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Central Piedmont will also consult with local and state health officials to provide any specific instructions for individuals returning to the College following an infection of a reportable communicable disease.

Central Piedmont will inform members of the College community about current information regarding communicable diseases.


Changes approved by the Board of Trustees on January 14, 2015

Changes approved by Cabinet on July 12, 2010

Updated on June 4, 2004