Treatment of Students with Infectious Diseases

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Suspension from Classes

As specified by the "School Health and Safety Act", the "Ordinance for Enforcement of the School Health and Safety Act in Japan" and "The Ritsumeikan Trust School Health and Safety Management Regulations", if a student is diagnosed by a medical doctor as having an infectious disease, the President of Ritsumeikan University shall suspend the student. In the case of suspension from classes, the student must not come to the university until the period for suspension from classes has elapsed.

Type of Infectious Diseases and Suspension Period


Name of DiseaseSuspension Period
Class 1Ebola hemorrhagic fever, plague, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus disease, smallpox, Lassa fever, South American hemorrhagic fever, Polio, diphtheria, SARS (Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome), avian influenza, new strains of influenza, other designated infectious diseases (COVID-19 has been designated as of September 2020) Until cured
Class 2Influenza (excluding specific avian influenza and novel influenza)Until 6 days have passed since the onset of illness and 2 days after decline of fever.
PertussisUntil the distinctive cough disappears, or 5 days of appropriate antibiotic treatment is completed.
MeaslesUntil 3 days have passed after decline of fever.
MumpsUntil 5 days have passed since the onset of swelling of the parotid gland, submaxillary gland or sublingual gland and overall condition has improved.
Rubella (three-day measles)Until the rash disappears.
Varicella (Chicken pox)Until all the blisters have scabbed over.
Pharyngoconjunctival fever (pool fever)Until 2 days have passed after major symptoms disappear.
TuberculosisUntil a physician or the school physician determines the condition to be non-infectious.
Meningococcal meningitis
Class 3CholeraUntil a physician or the school physician determines the condition to be non-infectious.
Shigellosis (bacillary dysentery)
EHEC (Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli)
Typhoid fever
Salmonella
Epidemic keratoconjunctivitis
Acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis
Other infectious diseases include:
Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, infectious erythema, herpangina, mycoplasmosis, and epidemic vomiting and diarrhea (vomiting and diarrhea caused by norovirus, etc.)

Special Measures in the Case of Suspension from Classes

Cases where the student was not able to attend classes due to suspension from classes do not constitute as official absences, and the student will be able to receive academic guidance and support concerning classes if the student takes the following procedures as necessary. If the student fails to take the procedures during the period when classes are held, it will be difficult to receive academic guidance and support, therefore, the student should complete the procedures by the end of July for Spring Semester and by the end of January for Fall Semester. 


(1) When a student has or is suspected to have infected COVID-19

The student who has been suspended from attending shall apply for "Special Considerations for Class in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)" from the following URL after recovery. For details on application procedures and class considerations, please refer to the URL.
<Special Considerations for Class in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)>
  
http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/startup/online2020/assets/file/eng/eng-home-outbreak.pdf

(2) When a student has infected seasonal influenza or other school infectious diseases

①Please follow the following procedures depending on the infectious disease the student had contracted. 
         

A:In case of seasonal influenza

 After recovery, the student shall download a “Report of Seasonal Flu Infection” form from the Ritsumeikan University website, fill out the form, and submit it with an image of a document (such as a medical description or a description of medical examination or treatment with the student’s name on it) that proves that the student had the seasonal flu as an email attachment from the Ritsumeikan email address to the Ritsumeikan Medical Service Center (kansen@st.ritsumei.ac.jp) (the form will not be accepted without the attachment that includes the student’s name).
  *The subject of the email should be "Seasonal flu infection" and the following information must be included in the body of the email
   ・Student ID number, name and contact phone number

B:In case of school infectious disease other than the above

  After recovery, the student shall download a “Certificate of Recovery from Infectious Disease” form from the Ritsumeikan University website, have the medical institution fill out the certificate including “Date of onset” and “Date cured”, and submit its image from the Ritsumeikan email address to the Ritsumeikan Medical Service Center (kansen@st.ritsumei.ac.jp) (the form without the student’s name, the name of infectious disease, date of onset and date cured will not be accepted).
 *The subject of the email should be "School infectious disease infection" and the following information must be included in the body of the email
 ・Student ID number, name and contact phone number

②The Ritsumeikan Medical Service Center will issue the "Confirmation of Suspension Period due to Infectious Disease" and send it to the student’s Ritsumeikan e-mail address.

③The student shall submit the issued confirmation form to the course instructor directly. If it is difficult to do that (e.g., the student does not have the contact information of the instructor, etc.), please consult with the Manabi Station of affiliated campus (or the Administrative Office of Inter-Faculty Graduate Schools for Suzaku campus).

④The instructor will provide the student who was suspended with, where possible, the items listed below to allow the student to smoothly learn content covered in the classes the student was not able to attend due to suspension from classes.
                   
  • ・Handouts used in classes
  • ・Information on what was covered in classes as well as the key points in classes
  • ・Instructions on self-study content
  • ・Academic guidance and support relating to classes such as making substitute arrangements for reports or small quizzes that the student missed

    Special Measures in the Case of Suspension from Final Examination

    In cases where the student was not able to take final examinations due to suspension from classes, the student will be able to apply for make-up examinations in accordance with the "Ritsumeikan University Final Examination Regulations. The student should submit a copy of the “Confirmation of Suspension Period due to Infectious Disease” as proof to the MANABI Station on their campus when applying for make-up examinations.
    * A doctor’s note that includes the date of final examinations can substitute for a copy of the “Confirmation of Suspension Period due to Infectious Disease.”
    * Even if a student is unable to come to campus by the deadline (within 3 days from the date of final examinations, excluding Saturdays and Sundays), the student must consult with the designated contact (MANABI Station) on the phone before the deadline.

      * Final examinations and makeup examinations shall be handled pursuant to the “Ritsumeikan University Final Examination Regulations.”

Notes

* Should a student contract one of the infectious diseases listed below, it is necessary that measures be taken to prevent its spread. Therefore, infected students are obligated to report their infected status, as specified in the “School Health and Safety Act” to the administrative office of their college or graduate school at the point their diagnosis is confirmed. The infectious diseases requiring disclosure listed below have been determined pursuant to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's rules concerning "Notifiable Infectious Diseases."

  1. Type 1 Infectious Diseases: Ebola hemorrhagic fever, plague, Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus disease, smallpox, Lassa fever, South American hemorrhagic fever, Polio, diphtheria, SARS (Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome), avian influenza, new strains of influenza, other designated infectious diseases etc.
  2. Other Infectious Diseases: measles, rubella, tuberculosis, bacterial meningitis, cholera, shigellosis (bacillary dysentery), EHEC (Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli), typhoid fever, salmonella.

* In the interest of preserving the health and safety of students, faculty and other staff, and in order to prevent the spread of disease, it may be determined that an infected student shall take official absence. In such a case, the student will be informed of the subsequent procedures.

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