Policy on Infectious Disease Control in the Student Population

contact: Denise Long, Director of Student Support and Wellbeing


Infectious diseases have the potential to spread through the student community and may also affect staff.

There is a separate policy in respect of the management of meningitis outbreaks [Procedure for Managing Cases of Meningitis].

1. This policy will be kept under review by the Director of Student Support and Wellbeing and will be approved by the UCL Health and Safety Management Team [HSMT].

2. The executive implementation of the policy will be the responsibility if the infectious diseases control team which will comprise: The Director of Student Support and Wellbeing, one of the UCL Student Health Practice Partners ('The Student Health Physician' hereafter), The Occupational Health Service Manager, The Education and Campaigns Officer of UCL Union.

3. The greater number of infectious diseases affecting the population within the UK are preventable by vaccination. Most of these vaccinations are provided to young children as part of NHS policy. Students are particularly strongly advised to ensure that they have had the full MMR vaccinations.

4. UCL, through the Director of Student Support and Wellbeing, will consider, from time to time, what advice should be given to the general student population about vaccination and other preventative measures against the spread of infectious diseases.

5. Information about outbreaks of infectious diseases is passed to general practitioners by the NHS. Where such information is passed to the UCL Student Health Physician, he will immediately consult with the infectious diseases control team and, where appropriate, the local Consultant in Communicable Disease Control about advice to be issued to students. The Director of Student Support and Wellbeing will arrange for such advice to be issued to students, including any arrangements for vaccination or other medication.

6. The infectious disease control team will consider the need for cleaning and decontamination of any areas of UCL that appear to be associated with an outbreak of infectious disease [e.g. food poisoning] and liaise with HSMT.

7. In the event of an epidemic of an infectious disease, affected individuals will be instructed to remain at home and not attend any activity at UCL. The Student Health Physician will advise on the necessary length of absence from UCL. A student refusing to comply with such an instruction will be deemed to be placing at risk others in the UCL community and may be suspended for failing to abide by UCL Health and Safety Policy.

8. When a student is diagnosed as having an infectious disease whilst on a field trip or other residential study off-campus, the student will be expected to comply with the instructions of the attending doctor, including a return to home, if so directed.

9. In the event of an epidemic, the Major Incident Team [MIT] and infectious disease control team will liaise with the UCL Media Relations Office and the Chair of HSMT. In the event of UCL closure, information will be regularly posted on the UCL homepage (http://www.ucl.ac.uk).

November 2013