4.2-2 AIDS POLICY
AIDS is a serious, usually fatal, disease caused by the virus HIV. At present there is no known cure, and the incidence of AIDS and positive indication of infection with HIV is increasing in epidemic proportions nationally and worldwide. Cases occur in all segments of the population, although they are more numerous in certain at-risk groups. Colleges and universities have a population who are, on behavioral grounds, at risk, and who need to be educated for their own protection. It is likely that someone in the SVSU community has or will contract the disease.
The purpose of this policy is to provide a structure for reacting to the occurrence of AIDS in the University community. The policy is based on several sources of information about the disease. (See attached bibliography.) Because evidence indicates that AIDS is not spread through casual contact and is transmitted only through exchange of body fluids or blood, this policy is directed toward protecting the rights and health of the person(s) with AIDS as well as the entire campus community. It will require frequent review to accommodate new information about the disease itself and about legal and social issues surrounding AIDS.
To accomplish this goal, the following specific activities are required:
- Maintain current information on the cause, epidemiology and treatment of AIDS.
- Provide educational and risk-reduction programs as prevention and control measures.
- Respond to each known case individually, privately and responsibly, maintaining the rights of the patient while protecting the rights of the campus community.
The following policies and procedures have been developed to achieve the goals and objectives related to dealing with AIDS.
Establish an on-going AIDS Council, which should meet at least once each semester to review current information regarding AIDS and to recommend any necessary changes to these guidelines based on new knowledge. The information shall include medical, social, legal and public health issues surrounding AIDS. The council will be responsible for developing educational strategies to communicate information to the campus community about AIDS, its transmission and its prevention. The council will attempt to coordinate its activities with existing campus organizations whenever feasible. The Council will maintain a networking system with the Public Health Department and other groups and agencies involved in the AIDS issue.
Council membership shall include:
- Director of Health Services
- Representative from the President's Staff
- Director of Residential Life or designee
- Director of Human Resources or designee
- Representative from Residential Housing Association
- Representative from Student Association
- Faculty representative
- In general, students, faculty or staff who may have AIDS or test positive for the HIV virus shall be allowed to attend classes or perform their usual duties in an unrestricted manner as long as they are physically able.
- No one shall be denied access to University functions or campus facilities, including housing and food service, on the basis of known or suspected infection with the AIDS virus, whether or not they display the symptoms.
- The University must follow safety guidelines as proposed by the Public Health Service or Center for Disease Control for the handling of blood, body fluids, needles and other equipment. These safety guidelines apply not only to medical care in Health Services, but to any other campus setting where such materials are handled, including instructional laboratories. (See item 2 of bibliography.)
- The University will not at this time undertake programs of required HIV virus antibody screening for students or employees. Further, the existence of AIDS or a positive HIV antibody test will not be part of the initial admission or employment decision for those applying to attend or work at the University. The University will, however, encourage voluntary participation in screening programs as part of its education and risk-reduction efforts.
- Any information about students or employees with AIDS or positive HIV tests will be handled with confidentiality, subject only to legally required disclosure. Breaches of confidentiality may result in disciplinary action.
- When possible, persons with AIDS or positive HIV tests will be referred to appropriate outside medical resources. Infected individuals will be encouraged to advise their medical, dental and eye care professionals, as well as their sexual partners, of their condition to prevent transmission of the disease.
- If AIDS becomes a media issue for the University, the Media Relations Officer or designee shall serve as spokesperson regarding University policies, procedures or general issues related to AIDS. The Director of Health Services or designee shall serve as spokesperson for medical information related to AIDS.
- A member of the campus community who wishes to have clarification on implementation of provisions of the SVSU AIDS Policy in relation to specific case(s) may contact the Director of Health Services and request a review. Should such a review process be requested, the Director of Health Services will request two or three members of the AIDS Council to sit on a review panel. Appropriate referral measures will be taken as the panel deems necessary upon reviewing the case. The review process is advisory only, and all requests and hearings are to be accorded complete confidentiality .
These guidelines shall be reviewed on a regular basis by the SVSU AIDS Council, which may recommend changes to the President. Approval of the recommended changes by the President is required for them to become effective.
Selected Bibliography on AIDS
- AIDS Policy and Guidelines. Pgs. 1-3. Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.
- AIDS: Recommendations and Guidelines. Center for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services, Atlanta, GA 30333.
- Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona Universities Guidelines on AIDS, Pgs. 1-4. Adopted 3/21/86, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.
- Assistant Dean of Student Services, AIDS, AIDS-Related and Other Communicable Diseases, Pgs. 1-3. Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 W. O Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.
- Central Michigan University AIDS Task Force Recommended Guidelines, March 1986, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859.
- Jensen, Cherryl, Activities and Procedures Related to AIDS, Pgs. 1-3. March 28, 1986, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.
- Keeling, Richard P., M.D., AIDS on the College Campus, Pgs. 1-64. 1986, American College Health Association, 15879 Crabbs Branch Way,
Rockville, MD 20855.
- Lumpkin, Elias, Dean of Student Services, Policy and Procedures on Communicable Diseases, Pgs. 1-6. Approved 6/24/86, Grand Rapids Junior
College, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
The above resources and other miscellaneous literature on AIDS are on file in the office of the Director of Health Services.
Revised 8/11/89 PRES