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Policies, Rules and Regulations

Chapter Name: Employment, Affirmative Action and Civil Rights

Chapter No. 3.7.3

Issue: Communicable Diseases

Effective Date: 11-5-1991

Revision Date: 1-17-2006


The University recognizes that current and prospective employees and students with communicable diseases (including but not limited to hepatitis, HIV infection, meningitis, tuberculosis and influenza) may wish to pursue or continue in as many activities as their condition allows, including work and educational pursuits.

The University further recognizes its responsibility to provide a safe workplace and classroom environment for all employees and students. Those students and employees with communicable diseases should be allowed access to University programs, services and facilities in an unrestricted manner as long as their presence poses no threat to the health or safety of others and they are physically able to do so.

Eastern Michigan University promotes an environment free from discrimination/harassment by complying with all applicable state and federal laws governing individuals diagnosed with communicable diseases.

Under Michigan law, all records, reports and data pertaining to testing, diagnosis, care, treatment, and research will be held confidential.



University practices for implementing and administering this policy are:

  1. Employment decisions will be based on lawful practices following the principles and guidelines for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
  2. Non-discriminatory practices will be followed in:
    1. Personnel actions and benefit programs
    2. Admission decisions
    3. Housing assignments and related services
    4. University programs and services not specified above.
  3. Applicable waste management guidelines and blood and body fluid precautions will be followed.
  4. Education relating to the prevention and transmission of communicable diseases will be made available. Resources/referrals are available to employees and students through University Health Services.



The President has overall responsibility for the implementation of this policy and has delegated its overall management to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and the Director of University Health Services.



This policy applies to all current and prospective University employees and students.




Authority for Creation or Revision:

Minutes of the Board of Regents, November 5, 1991; para. .4460M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, December 2, 2003; para. .6194M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, January 17, 2006; para. .6558M