Communicable and Infectious Disease Policy

Hawkeye Community College recognizes its obligation and reaffirms its long-standing commitment to provide a safe and healthful environment for all faculty, staff, and students. This includes recognizing and addressing communicable and infectious disease as necessary in the campus environment.

For purposes of this policy, the term “communicable disease” means an infectious or contagious disease spread from person to person, or animal to person, or as defined by law. Prevention and control of communicable diseases is included in the College’s bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan.

Students with Communicable or Infectious Diseases

Students with a communicable disease will be allowed to attend classes, reside in campus housing facilities, and participate in other college-related activities, provided their presence does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission of the disease to others.

The health risk to others in the campus environment from the presence of a student with a communicable disease shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by the student's personal physician, a physician chosen by the College, and/or public health officials. The health risk to immunodepressed students shall be determined by their personal physician.


Hawkeye Community College will respect students’ right to privacy. Medical conditions will only be disclosed or discussed amongst College officials with a legitimate interest, and to the extent necessary to minimize health risks, provide accommodations, or comply with state or federal law reporting requirements.

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Dean of Students

Nancy Henderson
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Hawkeye Center 208
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