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Student Wellness Policy

Communicable Diseases and Life-Threatening Illnesses

Policies protecting the College community from communicable diseases include requiring proof of immunization against rubella, rubeola, mumps, hepatitis B, meningitis, and the absence of tuberculosis. The College reserves the right to deny access to the campus to anyone when they are judged to be actively contagious with a serious disease.

Elizabethtown College recognizes that students with life-threatening illnesses or serious infectious diseases may wish to continue to engage in as many of their normal pursuits as their condition allows, including academic pursuits. As long as these students are able to meet acceptable performance standards, and medical evidence indicates that their condition is not a threat to themselves or to others, the College will be sensitive to their conditions and ensure that they are treated consistently with other students.

In order to help the College ensure the safety and well-being of an individual student, and the College community as a whole, students are encouraged to report cases of life-threatening illness or serious infectious diseases to the Director of Student Wellness. The Director will act in accordance with the guidelines of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (1974) in developing a plan of support for the student and ensure that the student’s condition does not present a health or safety threat to others.

Emergency Medical Response

Elizabethtown College promotes student wellness in partnership with local health and local emergency medical organizations including Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center and Northwest Emergency Medical Services. Campus personnel assist in the coordination of a medical emergency response, but do not provide individual treatment.

In cases of a student medical emergency, all medical decisions and treatment will be made by the responding ambulance crew. In some cases, students will be transported to a local hospital for additional care. If a student declines medical treatment or transport to the hospital, the College reserves the right to take interim action in an effort to promote student health and safety.



Consistent with the concern related to life threatening illness and serious infectious diseases, the College offers the following range of resources:

  1. Student educational and information available through the Student Wellness office.
  2. Counseling and support services available through the Student Wellness office.
  3. Referral to agencies and organizations which offer supportive services available through the Student Wellness office and other Student Life offices.
  4. Educational programs dealing with specific serious infectious diseases that are particularly threatening to college-age students are sponsored by the Student Health Services staff.
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