Serious Disease Policy and Procedure

Employees or students with infectious, long-term, life-threatening, or other serious diseases may continue their work at Maryville as long as they are physically and mentally able to perform the duties of their job or meet their academic responsibilities without undue risk to their own health or the health of other employees or students.

Serious diseases for the purposes of this policy include, but are not limited to, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, hepatitis, tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The University will support, where feasible and practical, educational programs to enhance employee and student awareness and understanding of serious diseases.

The mere diagnosis of HIV, AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), or AIDS virus antibodies, or any other serious communicable disease is not, in itself, sufficient basis for imposing limitations, exclusions or dismissal. Harassment of individuals with or suspected of being infected is not acceptable behavior at Maryville University and will be strictly censored. The diagnosis of the condition, as any other medical information, is confidential.

In working with employees or students diagnosed with HIV, AIDS or any other serious communicable disease, the University will proceed on a case-by-case basis, with the advice of medical professionals.

Factors to be considered include:

Any determination with respect to an employee or student will be made following consultation with the affected employee or student, the employee or student’s treating physician (if available), and such other persons as need to be involved in such a situation.

Disclosure will take place only if deemed medically advisable and legally permissible. The County Health Department will be informed of all cases of diseases required to be reported under State or Federal Law.