273.7 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Created by: Dana Trebing on 02/24/2005
Category: 2 - Student Life; 70 - Health Services
 
Originator: President
Current File: 273.7
Adoption Date: 02/24/2005
Reviewed for Currency: 02/24/2005
 
Replaces File: 273.7
Date of Origin: 05/25/1988
 
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273.7 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

 

A. Background

Furman University is concerned about the health of all members of the university community and therefore recognizes the serious threat posed by Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Furman University has established guidelines for a program of prevention through general education and precautionary measures required in a university setting in the event that a student or employee is diagnosed as having a positive Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, HIV disease, or AIDS. The following guidelines have been developed by the AIDS Task Force to provide guidance for the entire university. The information has been reviewed by prevention organizations, including the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the U.S. Public Health Service, the South Carolina State Health Department, the American College Health Association, and the American Social Health Association.

 

B. Policy

Furman University has a commitment to provide continuing education efforts to inform the campus of the nature of HIV disease to include prevention, testing, transmission, treatment, and support resources. The university is also committed to maintaining nondiscriminatory treatment of all persons and strict confidentiality of medical records and documentation.

 

C. Guidelines

1.Faculty and Staff

Persons infected with AIDS or HIV infection will not be excluded from employment or restricted in their access to university facilities or services unless a medically based judgment by the primary care physician establishes that exclusion or restriction is necessary to the welfare of the infected person or others.

University faculty and staff who have a positive HIV test (including HIV disease), whether they are symptomatic or not, will be allowed regular access to their work areas and campus facilities in an unrestricted manner as long as they are physically able to perform their duties, unless a medically based judgment by the primary care physician establishes that a restriction is necessary to the welfare of the infected person or others.

The university will not advise colleagues or co-workers of the presence in any work area or elsewhere of other faculty or staff who have HIV disease. However, any person exposed to blood/body fluids has the right to request HIV testing of the exposure source. Department of Health and Environment Control defines by law the level of that risk.

The university will comply with all federal and state law requirements that could apply to HIV- and AIDS-infected employees, which include, but is not limited to: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Workers' Compensation. All medical information and physician statements that are required to determine eligibility is kept in a confidential file separate from the employee's personnel file. No information will be provided to faculty or administrators without the expressed written permission of the patient in each case. Oversight of these functions is the responsibility of the Director of Human Resources.

The university will educate new employees who may have occupational exposure to blood/body fluid pathogens upon initial employment and continue to provide a program of information and recommendation throughout the employee's employment at the university. Supervision of this function is the responsibility of the Environmental Health and Safety Office until a health educator assumes that responsibility.

In the event of public inquiry concerning HIV disease on campus, the Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations will serve as the official spokesperson for the university and will prepare an appropriate response in consultation with the Director of Human Resources. All external inquiries will be directed Marketing and Public Relations.

2. Students

Persons infected with AIDS or HIV infection will not be excluded from employment or restricted in their access to university facilities or services unless a medically based judgment by the primary care physician establishes that exclusion or restriction is necessary to the welfare of the infected person or others.

University students who have a positive HIV antibody test (including HIV disease), whether they are symptomatic or not, will be allowed regular classroom attendance in an unrestricted manner as long as they are physically able to attend class, unless a medically based judgment by the primary care physician in consultation with the Director of Health Services establishes that a restriction is necessary to the welfare of the infected person or others. However, any person exposed to blood/body fluids has the right to request HIV testing of the exposure source. Department of Health and Environment Control defines by law the level of that risk.

Guidelines addressing the handling of confidential medical information concerning students with HIV disease will follow the general standards included in the American College Health Association's Recommended Standards and Practices for a College Health Program, which state that no information concerning complaints or diagnosis be provided to faculty, administrators, or even parents or other students, without expressed written permission of the patient in each case. This position with respect to health records is supported by Amendment to theFamily Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Confidential medical information is protected by statutes. The university health service will observe public health reporting requirements of HIV disease in compliance of federal regulations.

The university health service will provide HIV testing on campus or will provide, upon request, information on off-campus testing sites. Students will be advised to choose a site that provides confidential or anonymous testing, confirmation of positive results, and pre- and post-test counseling.

The university health service may recommend that students with HIV disease be assigned private rooms only if their comprised immune system is in danger of being weakened further by living in close quarters with those having a contagious disease.

The Director of Health Services will be the designated HIV consultant. This consultant is intended to be supportive of persons with HIV disease in dealing with problems that they face. This designee should be publicly known within the university to offer easy and confidential accessibility to persons with HIV disease and to others who seek information and counsel regarding themselves or their relationships with such persons.

The university will begin to educate new students upon arrival and continue to provide a program of information and recommendation throughout the student's time at the university. Supervision of this function will remain the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Services until a health educator assumes that responsibility.

In the event of public inquiry concerning HIV disease on campus, the Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations will serve as the official spokesperson for the university and will prepare an appropriate response in consultation with the Director of Health Services. All external inquiries will be directed to Marketing and Public Relations.

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