CSU officials announced Monday that the university will spend no more than $1,600 on medical fees for 21 students and faculty who were exposed in November to the carcass of a mountain lion that had died of plague.
After coming into contact with the infected animal at CSUâ€™s Diagnostic Medical Center on Nov. 17, employees and veterinary medicine students were advised by the university to seek medical attention after they found evidence of the deadly disease.
They did so under the condition that CSU had agreed to pay their medical costs â€“â€“ for the deductible costs or costs not covered by insurance. The individual who made this promise violated CSU policy in doing so.
University policy does not normally offer assistance to students who need medical attention as a result of their studies, CSU spokesperson Dell Rae Moellenberg said.
Knowing this, CSU should be lauded for stepping up and keeping true to its promise. The university didnâ€™t have to shell out the cash to cover these individualsâ€™ medical treatments, but ultimately did because it had previously entered into a binding oral contract to do so.
None of the individuals were diagnosed with plague, but after the incident the university will require veterinary students to purchase CSUâ€™s medical insurance.
This is a good move for CSU â€“â€“ one that will protect the university in the future.
Conducting research at CSU and working in departments like the Infectious Disease Annex and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital presents an inherent risk.
People need to be aware of this risk and understand that CSU isnâ€™t the only one responsible for its effects.
Thanks for paying, CSU.