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Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook Chapter 1 -- General Policies

 

HIV/AIDS Policy

On the basis of current information from the American Health Association and the National Center for Disease Control, FHSU makes the following statement:

There is no current evidence that individuals infected with HIV can infect other individuals by casual contact. Accordingly, there is no reason to exclude these individuals from campus, academic, social, or cultural activities. Therefore, on the basis of current knowledge of the disease, individuals sharing common living space, study areas, libraries, classrooms, theaters, and recreational areas do not represent a problem or public health threat to the campus community.

There may be situations or circumstances which arise on the Fort Hays State campus that will require case-by-case attention. When such circumstances arise, the Vice President for Student Affairs will seek the medical advice of the HIV/AIDS Task Force, which is comprised of the physician and other relevant parties. This group will also provide an opportunity for the University and student to discuss their circumstances. Patient confidentiality will be maintained at all times. Appropriate University resources for emotional and social support will be made available to all concerned individuals. The Task Force will review the issues and provide recommendations to the President of FHSU for a resolution of the issue.

The HIV/AIDS Task Force recognizes the importance of education in coping with the HIV/AIDS issue and continues to implement educational programming to address the medical and social aspects of the disease.

Approved by President Gerald W. Tomanek (04-07-86). Updated (02-02-00).

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