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", "The Ritsumeikan Trust School Health and Safety Management Regulations" and "Ritsumeikan University Regulations on Curricular Classes", 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 Disease Suspension 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 Until cured
Class 2 Influenza (excluding avian influenza H5N1 & H7N9) Until 5 days have passed after 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. However, the student will be able to receive academic guidance and support concerning classes if he or she takes the following procedures. The student should take these procedures as necessary.

  1. After recovery, the student shall download a “Certificate of Recovery from Infectious Disease” from the Ritsumeikan University website, have the medical institution fill out the Certificate including “Date of onset” and “Date cured”, and submit it to the Ritsumeikan Medical Service Center. (For students who belong to Suzaku Campus, submit the certificate to the Administrative Office of Inter-Faculty Graduate Schools at Suzaku Campus.) (A Certificate without the “Name of Disease”, “Date of onset”, or “Date cured” filled in will not be accepted.)
  2. The Center shall issue a “Certificate of Recovery from Infectious Disease” (copy).
  3. The student shall submit a copy of the “Certificate of Recovery from Infectious Disease” to the office specified for each campus and then file a request for a “Certificate of Isolation Period from School due to Infectious Disease” to the college or graduate school they belong.
    (Kinugasa Campus, Suzaku Campus: administrative office of the student’s college or graduate school; BKC, OIC: MANABI Station of affiliated campus)
  4. The student’s college/graduate school or MANABI Station shall confirm the student’s courses, class schedule, and instructors, have the seal of the President affixed, and issue the “Certificate of Isolation Period from School due to Infectious Disease.”
  5. The student shall hand the approved “Certificate of Isolation Period from School due to Infectious Disease” to the course instructor directly.
  6. The instructor will provide students who were 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 "Ritsumeikan University Final Examination Regulations." When applying for make-up examinations, the following certificates are required. For details about make-up examinations, refer to the Academic Handbook of each college.

  • If a student contracts an infectious disease during offered courses and does not recover until final examinations, the student shall submit a "Certificate of Recovery from Infectious Disease" (copy) as proof when applying for the make-up examination.
  • If a student contracts an infectious disease during final examinations, the student shall submit a doctor’s note including the date of final examinations as a proof when applying for the make-up examination. ("Certificate of Recovery from Infectious Disease" (copy) does not need to be submitted.)

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 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.

*All instances of “infectious disease” herein, refer to those infectious diseases specified by MEXT under the “School Health and Safety Act” as requiring prevention in schools.

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