Educational Programs

The primary response of La Salle University to the epidemic of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection must be educational. The American College Health Association recommends that the organization and implementation of effective educational programs about AIDS and HIV infection be an activity of the highest priority for all institutions of higher learning. In designing the format and content of educational programs, it is important to recognize and address the rich diversity of people in the campus community and to provide opportunities for effective learning by people of any age, ability, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious commitment.

Because there is neither a vaccine to prevent HIV infection nor curative therapy for persons infected with HIV, the most pressing need for institutions is to implement programs which increase awareness and provide education to prevent further spread of the virus. Comprehensive educational programs must address undergraduate and graduate students and should reach not only residential students, but also commuters and non-traditional students. Furthermore, La Salle should offer similar educational opportunities for all University personnel.

The epidemic of HIV infection also raises issues of liability. The most effective means of addressing these issues at present is to educate students and employees about HIV infection and AIDS and to take such reasonable precautions as suggested herein.

Educational programs also are of paramount importance in the institution’s responsibility to protect the student body and staff from the transmission of HIV. As medical evidence consistently indicates that no actual safety risks are created in the usual workplace or academic setting, La Salle University can best render enrollment or employment safe and healthful through effective education and training programs.

The programs of education by La Salle University should emphasize the following: