INFECTIOUS DISEASE POLICY
Reduce risk of exposure to infectious diseases for employees and students
Students and employees who are infected with or suspected of having Covid-19, measles, rubella, mumps, chickenpox, pediculosis, scabies, tuberculosis (TB) and other Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-identified diseases will be denied physical access to Southwest Tennessee Community College campuses and centers until released by a physician or the local public health department.
Southwest Tennessee Community College will follow and adhere to local laws, restrictions and mandates to promote good health and limit the spread of illness and disease. Southwest will also follow Center for Diseases Control guidelines and recommendations.
For example, if Shelby County Government passes an ordinance that requires all individuals to wear a mask while in public, Southwest policies and procedures will comply with this mandate.
Students and employees are requested to self-report if they have tested positive for COVID-19. The self-reporting form is an online, short questionnaire that can be filled out on a PC or mobile device, even a cell phone. Access the form on the College’s COVID-19 homepage or click this link: http://www.southwest.tn.edu/self-reporting.htm. Please note that Southwest will take all appropriate steps to protect an individual’s privacy in accordance with applicable law, but cannot assure complete confidentiality of the form when the health and safety of students, employees and visitors depends upon appropriate sharing of information to parties such as public health officials. Typically, information gathered will remain confidential as directed by the Shelby County Health Department. The College will notify the Shelby County Health Department, but will NOT divulge the identity of the person(s) in question to the greater campus or Memphis communities. The College will also assess the credibility of every self-report to determine whether to provide an update to the campus community.. For specific regulations on HIPAA Privacy and sharing patient information, click https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/february-2020-hipaa-and-novel-coronavirus.pdf.