Communicable Diseases

A communicable disease is an infectious health condition that must be reported to the New York state and New York City, Nassau county or Suffolk county departments of health, and requires prompt action to control the disease. Examples include:

  • chicken pox*
  • hepatitis
  • measles
  • meningococcal meningitis
  • mumps*
  • pertussis (whooping cough)*
  • rubella
  • scabies
  • tuberculosis

(*) Must be reported for residential purposes.

Primary Response Team

  • Academic health care centers
  • Associate dean of counseling and wellness services
  • Coordinator of wellness services
  • Office of the Dean of Students staff/ coordinator of campus operations and student services staff
  • Office of Housing and Residential Life staff

Secondary Response Team

  • Office of Strategic Communications and External Affairs
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

To control the spread of disease and provide necessary information to all who may be affected, in compliance with all state/county/city regulations related to communicable disease.

Follow the established chain of primary responders. The first responder in all communicable disease emergencies should be the medical director of NYIT's academic health care center for the campus involved and should be notified immediately.


For community members:

  • If you have or have been exposed to a communicable disease, immediately call the academic health care centers:
    • Long Island and New York City 516.686.1300
    • Central Islip 631.348.3254
  • State that you have been exposed to or have a communicable disease.
  • Follow their instructions.

For medical director:

  • Decide proper management of infection control emergency as fits the current situation.
  • Immediately notify the appropriate departments of health by telephone.
  • Cooperate with, aid, and assist the primary health agency according to procedures governed by federal, state, and local law.
  • Initiate emergency response phone chain by calling vice president for health sciences and medical affairs and the vice president for student affairs.
  • Remain in consultation with the departments of health throughout the duration of the emergency situation.

For primary responders:

  • Post information and updates in highly visible areas on campus. Include information stating who is at risk, where treatment is available (if applicable), and emergency numbers.
  • Schedule open forms to quickly and frequently provide information and updates to students and the college/campus community.
  • Communicate all pertinent information to students, faculty, staff, and family members.
  • Communicate with students who are participating in off-campus activities (internships, etc.)
  • Vice president for student affairs will notify the Office of Strategic Communications and External Affairs to coordinate communications outside of the college community, including interviews with the media.


  • Dean of Students will notify any student(s) and human resources will notify any employee(s) who may present a risk due to infection of steps necessary to receive clearance to return to campus.
  • Inform student(s) that they must provide written documentation of medical clearance to the Dean of Students prior to returning to campus. Employee(s) must provide written documentation of medical clearance to human resources prior to returning to campus.
  • In the event of a student hospitalization, the vice president for student affairs or designee will coordinate outreach to parents/guardians as appropriate.