University Meningitis Outbreak
Pennsylvania law requires all students residing in university-owned housing to provide proof of meningitis vaccination or have a waiver of exemption for medical, religious, or personal belief reasons. Students will provide this information during the application process for housing.
Any member of the university administration, residence hall staff, or other university department receiving information about a suspected case of meningococcal meningitis shall relay this information immediately to the Director of Health and Wellness.
The informant should attempt to have at least the following information: student’s name, student ID number, and if possible, the name and phone number of treating physician or hospital.
When it is determined that there is a potential case of meningococcal meningitis, the Director/ designee will contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health for assistance and direction.
The plan of action will be based on the recommendations set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The Director/designee will notify the Vice President for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence and the current contracted medical provider for University Health Services to develop a plan of action, which may include other university departments.
Reason for Policy
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) have determined that college students (ages 15 to 24) have a greater risk of meningococcal infection than the general population because of activities often associated with college life.
Meningitis is an infection that can quickly lead to permanent disabilities and even death within 24 to 48 hours.
When a case of meningococcal meningitis is suspected or confirmed, efforts to prevent an outbreak within the campus community must be coordinated quickly with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
There is no appeal process to this policy.