Treatment of Students with Infectious Diseases
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 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.|
|Class 3||Cholera||Until a physician or the school physician determines the condition to be non-infectious.|
|Shigellosis (bacillary dysentery)|
|EHEC (Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli)|
|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 he or she 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.
- 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 Suzaku administrative office, Inter-Faculty Graduate Schools.) (A Certificate without the “Name of Disease”, “Date of onset”, or “Date cured” filled in will not be accepted.)
- The Center shall issue a “Certificate of Recovery from Infectious Disease” (copy).
- 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, BKC, OIC: MANABI Station of affiliated campus
Suzaku Campus: Administrative Office, Inter-Faculty Graduate Schools
- The student’s 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”.
- The student shall hand the approved “Certificate of Isolation Period from School due to Infectious Disease” to the course instructor directly.
- 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 the "Ritsumeikan University Final Examination Regulations. The student should submit a copy of the “Certificate of Recovery from 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 “Certificate of Recovery from 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.”
Certificate of Recovery from Infectious Disease
* 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."
- 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.
- 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.