Management of Infectious and Communicable Disease
Public Health Manager
Indiana University will take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety of members of the university community during global and local infectious disease events. These may include implementing infection control guidelines designed to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. These guidelines may address programs such as immunizations, protective equipment, behavioral guidance, isolation and quarantine protocols, waste disposal, and cleaning guidance.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the response to a wide variety of infectious disease threats to Indiana University. Each infectious disease is unique. This policy is not meant to be an exhaustive compendium of all diseases or situations that might possibly threaten the university community, but rather is a general guide for assessment and the corresponding necessary steps for the university to take when any communicable disease affects university operations.
a. Policy-level decision making, including adoption of these procedures.
b. Designation of the Incident Commander during infectious disease events.
a. Development and maintenance of this policy.
b. Liaison with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and Local Health Departments (LHDs).
c. Alerting executive leadership of developing infectious disease situations that may affect Indiana University.
d. Development, along with university and campus health authorities, of infection control guidelines for infectious disease events that affect Indiana University.
e. Providing public health services and technical assistance where needed and when applicable. Maintenance of lists of areas to be used as Points of Distribution and isolation wards
a. Liaison with the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies as needed.
b. Logistical and administrative support of the Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) for each campus.
c. Alert IUEHS of developing infectious disease situations that may affect Indiana University.
d. Develop any necessary mechanisms to facilitate the reporting of ill persons.
e. Coordinate outreach with child/daycares and other vulnerable populations within the IU system.
f. Ensure that appropriate communication exists between university officials and local response groups: police, fire, county coroner, etc.
a. Provision of medical expertise and guidance during the development of infection control guidelines for infectious disease events that affect any Indiana University campus.
b. Liaison with local hospitals and other medical support networks.
c. Development of appropriate medical response and support for the university during infectious disease events.
d. Alerting IUEHS of developing infectious disease situations that may affect Indiana University.
e. Report communicable diseases and conditions that occur at IU health facilities as detailed and defined in 410 IAC 1-2.3-47 Communicable Disease Control.
f. Develop plans to store and transfer bodies to the morgue if necessary.
g. Develop any necessary mechanisms to facilitate the reporting of ill persons
a. The impact of infectious disease events on the university will vary widely depending on the disease and the rates of infection. Each ESF could potentially have a role in infectious disease incident response.
b. Considerations and tasks for each ESF are outlined in the Appendices. These are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible tasks for each ESF, only a list of major items to consider as incidents progress.
a. Collect information from each student on immunization history before matriculation.
b. Ensure that each student is given information regarding the risks associated with meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination before matriculation.
Develop/maintain mechanisms to communicate with university community members who are out of the country and threatened by disease and/or restricted from returning to the United States.
Incident Command Information
|University Environmental Health and Safetyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Graham McKeen, Public Health Manager, Environmental Health and Safetyemail@example.com|
|Environmental Health and Safety,|
|Environmental Health and Safety,|
and Safety, Indiana University Regional Campuses
This policy was established in 2015
Policy updated January 2016 to make a few minor clarifications to the policy consisting of allowing for electronic signature and clarifying that students that aren’t physically coming to campus aren’t covered.
Policy was updated in July 2018 due to changes in state law regarding immunization requirements.