Policy 121: Communicable Diseases

Category: Administration
Covered Individuals: Faculty / Staff / Students / Volunteers
Approved: 2021-08-24

121.1 Policy

College of Eastern Idaho’s decisions involving persons who have communicable diseases shall be based on current and well-informed medical judgments concerning the disease, the risks of transmitting the illness to others, the symptoms and special circumstances of each individual who has a communicable disease, and a careful weighing of the identified risks and the available alternatives for responding to an employee or student with a communicable disease.

Communicable diseases include, but are not limited to, measles, influenza, viral hepatitis-A (infectious hepatitis), viral hepatitis-B (serum hepatitis), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection), AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), leprosy, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), coronavirus/COVID, and tuberculosis. CEI may choose to broaden this definition within its best interests and in accordance with information received through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or Eastern Idaho Public Health.

CEI will not discriminate against any job applicant or employee based on the individual having a communicable disease. Applicants, employees, and students shall not be denied access to the workplace/campus solely on the grounds that they have a communicable disease. CEI reserves the right to exclude a person with a communicable disease from the workplace/campus facilities, programs and functions if the organization finds that, based on a medical determination, such restriction is necessary for the welfare of the person who has the communicable disease and/or the welfare of others within the workplace/campus.

CEI will comply with all applicable statutes and regulations that protect the privacy of persons who have a communicable disease. Every effort will be made to ensure procedurally sufficient safeguards to maintain the personal confidence about persons who have communicable diseases.

In order to prevent transmission of communicable diseases, pursuant to Idaho Code § 33-2145, only CEI’s Board of Trustees has the authority to close the College or any of its buildings or campuses, to limit its programs or activities, or to require other measures at the college for the purpose of preventing the spread of contagious or infectious disease.

CEI’s Board of Trustees and/or the College acting in accordance with this policy may not be held to violate any order issued by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare pursuant to section 56-1003(7), Idaho Code; Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH) pursuant to section 39-414(2), Idaho Code; or a city pursuant to section 50-304, Idaho Code.

In dealing with all communicable diseases, CEI will strongly consider the direction and guidance of the State of Idaho, or local and/or national health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and/or Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH).

121.2 Procedures

CEI recognizes that employees and students with communicable diseases may be able to continue their employment and class attendance as their condition allows. Medical conditions are confidential and precautions will be taken by college personnel to ensure that information regarding the health of the employee or student is provided on a “need to know” basis only. In order for potential cases to be verified and appropriate steps taken, suspected cases of communicable diseases should be confidentially reported. Suspected cases involving students should be reported to the Title IX Officer, unless otherwise outlined in a procedure for a specific health emergency. Suspected cases involving employees should be reported to the office of human resources, unless otherwise outlined in a procedure for a specific public health emergency. Decisions involving persons who have communicable diseases shall be based on current and well-informed medical judgments concerning the disease, the risks of transmitting the illness to others, the symptoms and special circumstances of each individual who has a communicable disease, and a careful weighing of the identified risks and the available alternatives for responding to the person with a communicable disease.

Universal precautions will be used in first aid and in all situations that could involve contact with or transmission of communicable diseases of any kind. All employees treating people with open wounds or who are involved in handling blood, blood products or body fluids shall be provided the opportunity for training in proper procedures following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines or Eastern Idaho Public Health (EIPH); these procedures should be employed in all instances. Employees in the custodial department will be given the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine, at the expense of the college. The forms used to either receive the vaccine or decline the vaccine are available in the human resources office.

Face Mask Procedure for Employees and Contractors

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in eastern Idaho, effective August 23, 2021 and until further notice, all College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) employees, contractors and students as well as members of the public will be required to properly wear a non-sheer face mask over their nose and mouth that fits snugly against the sides of their face when in CEI buildings.

Exceptions

  1. A documented medical reason or disability that prevents the person from wearing a facemask.
  2. CEI employees should contact Human Resources for more information (hr@cei.edu; 208-535-5495).
  3. When other, course-specific personal protective equipment (PPE) is already being worn (e.g.,a protective covering worn while welding).
  4. While eating or drinking in a designated area.
  5. The cafeteria in Building 3.
  6. An employee or contractor’s desk/office or the Employee Breakroom in the Yellowstone Training Center (YTC).
  7. When seated in their personal office that has a door that is closed (e.g., not a cubicle).
  8. When lecturing in front of a class, an instructor may wear a face shield in place of a facemask.

Enforcement

If someone is not wearing a facemask in a CEI building, does not fall within an exception, and refuses to put one on when asked by a College employee:

  1. Employees and Contractors
    • The refuser’s supervisor will handle the situation. If the supervisor is away from campus for an extended period, the supervisor’s supervisor will handle the situation.
    • Should there be noncompliance, this will be handled via CEI’s progressive disciplinary action procedure, excluding a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).

Face Mask Procedure for Students and the Public

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in eastern Idaho and CEI specifically, effective August 23, 2021 and until further notice, all College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) employees, contractors and students as well as members of the public will be required to properly wear a non-sheer face mask over their nose and mouth that fits snugly against the sides of their face when in CEI buildings.

Exceptions

  1. A documented medical reason or disability that exempts the person from wearing a facemask.
  2. CEI General Education, CTE, and/or WTCE students should contact Dan Bruderer with Disability Services for more information (Dan.Bruderer@cei.edu; 208-535-5462).
  3. When other, course-specific personal protective equipment (PPE) is already being worn (e.g., a protective covering worn while welding).
  4. While eating or drinking in a designated area.
  5. The cafeteria in Building 3.

Enforcement

If someone is not wearing a facemask in a CEI building, does not fall within an exception, and refuses to put one on when asked by a College employee:

  1. Students on CEI’s Main Campus
    • The refusing student will be asked by the instructor/College employee to put on a facemask or leave the classroom and CEI building.
    • If student continues to refuse, the instructor/College employee will call CampusSecurity. If Security is unavailable, then the phone for the Student Affairs Conduct Officer on duty will be called, and this cell phone is always manned while classes are scheduled on campus
    • The refusing student will be asked by Campus Security/the Student Affairs Conduct Officer on duty to put on a facemask or leave the building.
    • If the student continues to refuse, by Campus Security/the Student Affairs Conduct Officer on duty will call the Idaho Falls Police Department to assist with a student who is trespassing. 
    • Note: Incidents of student non-compliance (for credit-based students) will be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs and may include any penalties outlined in the CEI Student Handbook and Catalog.
  2. Students at CEI’s Yellowstone Training Center
    • The refusing student will be asked by the instructor/College employee to put on a facemask or leave the classroom and CEI building.
    • If student continues to refuse, the instructor/College employee will call Campus Security. If Security is unavailable, then the WTCE Leadership Official on duty will be called.
    • The refusing student will be asked by the WTCE Leadership Official on duty to put on a facemask or leave the classroom and CEI building.
    • If the student continues to refuse, the WTCE Leadership Official on duty will call the Idaho Falls Police Department to assist with a student who is trespassing.2
    • Note: Incidents of student non-compliance (for credit-based students) will be reportedto the Dean of Student Affairs and may include any penalties outlined in the CEI Student Handbook and Catalog.
  3. The public
    • The refusing member of the public will be asked by a College employee to put on a facemask or leave the CEI building.
    • If the member of the public refuses to put on a facemask and does not state that they have an exception, Campus Security will be called. If Campus Security is unavailable, then a member of the President’s Advisory Council will be called.
    • The refusing member of the public will be asked by Campus Security/a member of the President’s Advisory Council to put on a facemask or leave the CEI building.
    • If the member of the public continues to refuse, Campus Security/a member of the President’s Advisory Council will call the Idaho Falls Police Department to assist with a member of the public who is trespassing.

 

 

 

 

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