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Tuberculosis Screening Policy

for International Students

Tuberculosis is a potentially life-threatening disease that has the ability to spread quickly in the close confines of classrooms and dormitories on a college campus.  Though TB is relatively uncommon in the United States, nearly one-third of the world’s population has the disease.  Students from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis and US-born students who have had extended visits to those countries are at a greater risk to be carrying the disease.  Of those with the disease, most have the latent form.   Even so, on a college campus it is important to take precautionary measures.   Therefore, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) has developed a policy for mandatory TB screening of high risk international students based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  and American College Health Association (ACHA) guidelines (Tuberculosis Screening and Targeted Testing of College and University Students, April 2012). 

 

TAMU-CC Tuberculosis Policy Requirements

TAMU-CC policy requires tuberculosis (TB) screening for newly admitted international students from countries where there is a high incidence of tuberculosis (as designated by the World Health Organization).  Students with identifiable risk factors for exposure to TB, or for the TB disease, need to be tested and treated as necessary, to be allowed to register for second semester classes.   Detailed information about screening and treatment for tuberculosis can be found at the following website:  http://www.cdc.gov/tb/.

Students will be required to provide proof of compliance to TAMU-CC Health Center before students are allowed to register for second semester.

For a list of countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis, please click here.

 

Valid Proof of Compliance (to be presented to TAMU-CC Health Center)

  • A documented negative reading of the skin test.  The skin test must have been performed in the United States, within the last 6 months.
  • If a positive skin test (performed within the last 6 months), a report from an X-ray facility or the Nueces County Health Department indicating that the student does not have TB disease.
  • If a student is confirmed to have active TB disease, the Nueces County Health Department will prescribe a course of treatment and student will be required to present this information to TAMUCC Health Center.

 

Non-compliance with TB Testing Policy:

  • Students must comply with the Tuberculosis policy before they can register for second semester classes.
  • Non-compliance with the policy will affect students ability to stay in the US on an F-1 or J-1 visa.
  • Non-compliance with the policy will require intervention by ISS Coordinator. 

 

Appeals

  • Appeals can be made to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

 

For additional information, please contact Zelda Chacon at Zelda.Chacon@tamucc.edu.