Communicable Disease Policy

The Dallas County Community College District’ communicable disease policy (Ref. DCCCD Policies & Procedures Manual , Sec. IV/N Personnel) addresses the serious threat to our community and nation posed by the AIDS epidemic. This policy concerns, but is not limited to, human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV infection”). HIV infection includes AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex, and a positive test for the antibody to human immuno-deficiency virus. A priority within the District involves educating employees and students concerning AIDS and managing each case of AIDS individually with sensitivity, flexibility, and concern for the individual as well as employees and students. Copies of this policy and related administrative procedures are available in the Library, Health Center, Personnel, Admissions, and Student Programs offices, as well as in each division office. You are encouraged to be aware of the District’s commitment to address this sensitive issue by becoming familiar with the policy.

In compliance with the Drug Free School and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, Public Law 101-206, Richland College provides the following policy adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Dallas County Community Colleges.

  1. Unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drug and alcohol by students is strictly prohibited.
  2. Breach of this Board Policy is a Class C misdemeanor and may result in imposition of legal sanctions.

Penalties imposed by the college include:

  1. Withholding transcript or degree.
  2. Denial of degree.
  3. Suspension from extra-curricular activities.
  4. Suspension from college.
  5. Expulsion from college.

(Extracted from Board policies, copy available in library and student code in school catalogue.)

Punishment for a Class C Misdemeanor is a $200 Fine as stated in the Texas Criminal Laws Penal Code 12.23. In all cases, Federal law supersedes State law. For more information call 972-238-6911.


Texas Senate Bill 1517, April 1991, requires that each student know the following information concerning vaccine-preventable illnesses.

MEASLES (aka, rubella, Red Measles, Hard Measles, 10-Day Measles)

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. Antibiotics are not available to treat persons infected with this organism. Recent outbreaks of this illness have included many hospitalizations and several deaths among college-aged persons in Texas and nation ally. For these reasons it is strongly recommended that students of Institutions of Higher Education have two doses of the vaccine prior to beginning classes. Most young adults have had only one dose.

The measles vaccine is most often given in combination with the vaccines for mumps and rubella which are also caused by viruses.

TETANUS (aka, LockJaw)

The illness caused by tetanus results from the poison produced by a bacteria. Again this is a very difficult illness to treat once it occurs and prevention is the most appropriate choice. The vaccine is effective for about 10 years and needs to be boosted at that interval. It is now common for older adults to develop Tetanus in the United States as many adults do not receive the recommended 10 years boosters. The Tetanus vaccine should be given in combination with the diphtheria vaccine.


In the United States, polio immunization is not routinely recommended for persons 18 years of age or older. However, if travel to other parts of the world is planned, a physician should be contacted for specific recommendations.

Students who are pursuing courses of study in any of the human or animal health professions who will have direct patient contact may be required to have specific immunizations. For additional information regarding immunizations contact your physician, the Dallas County Health Department (214/819-2000), or the Richland College Health Center (972/238-6135).


Your Immunizations Should be Current. Immunization is an Integral Part of Your Health Care.

For additional information regarding immunizations contact your physician, the Dallas County Health Department (214/819-2000), or the Richland College Health Center (972/238-6135).

Richland College is a SMOKE FREE CAMPUS

Smoking & Other Tobacco Products Permitted OUTSIDE ONLY