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 1 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 (COVID-19 has been designated as of September 2020) Until cured
Class 2 Influenza (excluding specific avian influenza and novel influenza) Until 6 days have passed since the onset of illness and 2 days after decline of fever.
Pertussis Until the distinctive cough disappears, or 5 days of appropriate antibiotic treatment is completed.
Measles Until 3 days have passed after decline of fever.
Mumps Until 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.
Tuberculosis Until a physician or the school physician determines the condition to be non-infectious.
Meningococcal meningitis
Class 3 Cholera Until 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 infected COVID-19, has been a close contact with someone infected with COVID-19 or is suspected of having been infected with COVID-19
Please check the following URL.
(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. For details of the application procedures, please check the following.

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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