Specific Guidelines

1. Admission and Employment

Consideration of the existence of AIDS or a positive HIV test will not be part of the initial decision for admission or employment.

2. Compliance with Applicable Anti-Discrimination Laws

It is clear that a person with AIDS or HIV infection itself (possibly, those with other manifestations of HIV infection) will be considered as having a disability; in making decisions, University officers are advised to guarantee the legal rights of these individuals under various federal, state, and local regulations.

3.Attendance

Students who have HIV infection, whether they are symptomatic or not, will be allowed regular classroom attendance in an unrestricted manner as long as they are physically and mentally able to attend class.

4. Access to Facilities

The access of students or staff with HIV infections to student unions, theaters, restaurants, snack bars, gymnasiums, swimming pools, saunas, recreational facilities, or other common areas should not be restricted.

5. Residential Housing

The best medical information currently available does not support the existence of a risk to those sharing housing with or around infected persons since HIV is not transmitted by any form of casual or household contact. There is no general justification for excluding infected persons from University housing to protect others from casual transmission.

The individual evaluation of each case should dictate the response by the University and the Community Development staff. The following options to protect healthy individuals, those with AIDS or a positive test for HIV, and the University should be enacted:

6. Medical Care

7. HIV Antibody Testing

The Student Health Center staff will be familiar with sources of testing for HIV antibodies and will respond to those requesting such testing. Referrals will be made only to testing sites that are anonymous and confidential, confirm positive results, and provide pre- and post-testing counseling.

8. Confidentiality

The standards of confidentiality at La Salle University regarding people known or suspected to have HIV infection will be those developed by the American College Health Association’s Guidelines for a College Health Program (Sixth Edition, 1999).

In general, it is recommended that no specific or detailed information concerning complaints or diagnosis be provided to faculty, administrators, or even parents, without the express written consent of the patient. In addition, no information concerning a patient will be given to any person, group, agency, insurer, employer, or institution without the prior written consent of the patient. This position with respect to records is supported by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Confidential medical information is protected by statutes and any unauthorized disclosure of it may create legal liability. The University, however, is obligated to conform to public health reporting requirements mandated by law.

9. Safety Precautions

The University has adopted the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens guidelines for handling blood and body fluids of all persons, not just those known previously to have HIV infection. These universal precautions are necessary because many people with HIV infection are not identified in advance. The same procedure should be followed for handling the blood or body fluids of any person.

Surfaces contaminated by blood or other body fluids should be disinfected with commercial disinfectant solutions or with household bleach, freshly diluted in a 1:10 solution.

Laboratory courses requiring exposure to blood obtained by a finger prick for typing and examination must use disposable equipment. No lancets or other blood-letting devices should be reused or shared. Students in these laboratories should examine their own blood only. Faculty in these laboratories should develop and supervise specific protocols for rapid disposal of used needles and lancets.

10. Harassment

As a result of the fear, anxiety, and anger that many people feel in reactions to AIDS, some students or employees who are known to be or suspected of being infected with HIV may be subjected to emotional and/or physical abuse. Consistent with La Salle University’s respect for the dignity of the individual, all such occurrences will be condemned as intolerable and be responded to quickly and effectively.