HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Health-related campus policies referring to HIV/AIDS, other communicable diseases, alcohol and substance abuse, and immunizations are available in the office of the school nurse located in the student center. The College District shall promote the health and well being of the College District community through direct medically related services, health education and counseling, and referrals to appropriate community agencies.
Communicable diseases include, but are not limited to, measles, influenza, viral hepatitis-A and B, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. For the purpose of this policy, the term “HIV infection” shall include AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), and a positive test for the antibody to human immunodeficiency virus.
The College District’s decisions involving students who have communicable diseases shall be based upon 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, a careful weighing of the identified risks, and the available alternatives for responding to a person with a communicable disease.
The College District shall not discriminate in enrollment against any student solely on the grounds that the student has a communicable disease. Students shall not be denied access to College District facilities or campus activities solely on the grounds that they have a communicable disease, however, the College District reserves the right to exclude a student with a communicable disease from College District facilities, programs, and activities if the College District makes a medically based determination that the restriction is necessary for the welfare of the student with the disease and/or the welfare of other members of the College District community.
The College District shall comply with all pertinent statutes and regulations that protect the privacy of students with a communicable disease. The College District shall ensure that procedural safeguards are in effect in all offices of the College District in order to maintain the confidentiality of students who have HIV infection. The College District shall maintain a comprehensive HIV infection education program and shall make its policy on HIV/AIDS available to students by including said policy in the student handbook and distributing the handbook at registration.
The College District is required to, and shall report, on the day of the recognition, all suspected or known cases of communicable diseases as described in the appropriate federal and state statutes and regulations.
The College District does not require proof of immunization for the general student population, except proof of bacterial meningitis immunization for most new students as required by state law.
Immunizations are required for students whose course work involves direct patient contact in a medical or clinical setting. These requirements are distributed with the information packets admission materials for each program involving clinical coursework.
ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the College District has adopted and shall prescribe to the following alcohol and drug policy:
To ensure a safe, productive working and learning environment on all property either owned or controlled by the College District, the unlawful manufacture, use, sale, dispensation, or possession of alcohol, controlled substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited.
The College District shall strictly prohibit any member of the College District community, visitor, or contractor being on any property either owned or controlled by the College District while under the influence alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances. Anyone under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances on property either owned or controlled by the College District will be refused entry or removed from said property.
Anyone taking a drug or other medication, whether or not prescribed by the individual’s physician for a medical condition, that is known or advertised as possibly affecting or impairing judgment, coordination, or other senses, or that may adversely affect ability to perform work or studies in a safe and productive manner, shall notify his /her instructor or supervisor prior to starting work or entering the classroom.
Members of the College District community with drug or alcohol problems who voluntarily disclose their problem and enroll in an employer or student assistance or rehabilitation program will not be subject to disciplinary action when they follow recommendations made by the referral source and successfully complete the treatment program.
The complete alcohol and drug policy can be found in the Student Handbook.