Internal Governing Policies


 

#176 - HIV/AIDS Statement


Approved: March 28, 2007

Monitor: Vice President for Student Affairs


The Health Service shall treat HIV/AIDS in the normative fashion of a communicable disease on a case-by-case basis. Because of the low level of communicability of the disease, according to the best current medical advice, the University places no restrictions on HIV/AIDS victims, either as students or employees, other than as individual case conditions dictate.

If the University receives information that a member of its community has contracted HIV/AIDS, the treatment of the information and all University actions taken will be in full compliance with applicable laws protecting the confidentiality of educational and medical records and the privacy of individuals insofar as an assessment of the risk to the individual and the community allows.

As an approach to infection control, the Health Service follows a medical protocol known as Universal Precautions, which treats all human blood and certain human body fluids as if known to be infectious for HIV, HBV, and other blood-borne pathogens.

As part of a comprehensive sexual health education program, the University will endeavor to disseminate information concerning the prevention, symptoms, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.  Information may be obtained from the University Health Service at either their medical clinic or their health education office.