Genesee County infectious disease outbreaks of any type would come under the control and direction of the Genesee County Health Department until relieved by another Health Agency at the State or Federal level. The Office of Student and Administrative Services working with the Director of Public Safety and/or his/her designee is responsible for coordination with the Genesee County Health Department and outside agencies in the event of any major emergency, disaster or infectious disease outbreak.
In the event of a major emergency, disaster, or infectious disease outbreak, the following steps outline the College's response.
- The Genesee County Health Department (257-3603) and the Genesee County
Department of Emergency Management (257-3064) will notify the Department of
Public Safety and will relay as much information as possible (i.e. type of
problem, symptoms, how many people may be affected).
- If quarantine is deemed necessary by the Genesee
County Health Department or another responding health agency, Public Safety
will immediately secure the campus allowing only authorized persons to enter
and carry out other responsibilities as directed. The Office of the Vice
President of Student & Administrative Services
will notify all Executive Cabinet members, the Executive Director of Marketing
and the Executive Dean of Student Services of all actions taken and all directions
given to Public Safety by the Genesee County Health Department (i.e.: procedures
to include, but not be limited to, a list of individuals coming in contact
with the infected person, and service agencies to assist with questions and
answers that will provide appropriate information to members of the college
- If school is in session and a decision is made
to immediately close the college because of an infectious disease outbreak,
and the school is not to be quarantined, the Public Safety Dispatcher will
notify students, faculty and staff. First, an announcement will be made on
the college's PA system -
that college is closed. Then the Executive Director of Marketing will communicate
via voice mail and email to all faculty and staff of the closing and post the
information on the college designated telephone closing line and the college's
web page. All Public Safety officers will report to their assigned buildings
and secure those buildings after students, faculty and staff have left.
- Outside of regular business hours when a decision is made to close the
College, the information will be placed on the school closing line by the Executive
Director of Marketing and disseminated to video, audio and print media.
- Any decision regarding closure of the College
during an infectious disease outbreak or subsequent opening or closing of
the College after a disease outbreak will be made by the President of the
College in consultation with the Vice President of Student & Administrative
Services, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Executive Director of Marketing
and Public Relations, Executive Dean of Student Services, Director of Public
Safety and the Genesee County Health Department or the designated Health
Agency responding to the incident.
- The Executive Director of Marketing will coordinate with administration,
all the various agencies involved, and any media releases that are necessary.
- Student & Administrative Services and Academic Affairs will assure Online Grading accessibility for faculty members to post grades from any location accessing Outlook giving students access to their grades electronically and the system will allow for other assignments and communications. In the event of a major emergency, disaster or infectious disease outbreak, updated information will be linked to our Public Safety web site.
The following are helpful links and resources to further monitor and understand the issues concerning the avian, pandemic and seasonal flu.
- Genesee County Health Department
- Michigan Department of Community Health Influenza Update and Related Links
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) web site
- World Health Organization (WHO)