Student Health Clinic

Chronic Communicable Disease Policy

A chronic communicable disease is severe and is spread from person to person through parasites, sexual content, or exchange of bodily fluids like blood. Unlike a cold, the flu, or other common communicable diseases, chronic communicable diseases may last for months or even a lifetime. Examples include:

  • malaria
  • Lyme disease
  • diphtheria
  • hepatitis

Chronic communicable diseases are usually treated through hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics, prescription medication, and intensive care.

Students with Chronic Communicable Diseases

If you have an identified chronic communicable disease, you may attend Hawkeye, with reasonable accommodations, when the small risk of transmitting your disease to others outweighs the effects of excluding you from Hawkeye.

Accommodations will be made in conjunction with current public health department guidelines in regards to your disease. Diseases and individual cases are not prejudged. Decisions are based on the facts of your case.

Decisions of whether you may attend Hawkeye will be made in accordance with procedures put in place by Hawkeye.

Hawkeye will respect your right to privacy. Your medical condition will only be disclosed to the extent necessary to minimize the health risks to you and others. Hawkeye employees, who are aware of your condition, will be kept to the minimum number necessary to assure your proper care and to identify situations where the potential transmission of your disease may increase. These employees will be provided with the appropriate information and may not disclose this information.

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Dean of Students

Nancy Henderson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center
Upper Level
319-296-4014
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