The HIV virus and AIDS are classified as disabilities. Since there is no cure or preventive vaccines the best defense against this disease is education.
If a professor is aware of a student with HIV or AIDS, he/she must respect the individual’s right to confidentiality. The respect and dignity given to other students must be given to these students. Although AIDS / HIV is contagious, medical research and experience has established that the virus is not easily transmitted or contracted. Knowing the facts enables the professor to reassure other students and reduce some of the myths of HIV / AIDS when confronted with a situation.
Students and employees of the University infected with the AIDS virus, or who may become infected, will not be excluded from enrollment or employment nor will their participation in services, activities and programs be restricted. However, each case is handled individually. Exclusion or restriction may become necessary if the welfare of the individual or the other members of the university community is put in jeopardy. Decisions of this nature are based on medical judgments.
Students/Employees who know, or have reasonable basis for believing that they are infected are expected to seek expert advice regarding their health. The student or employee is also obligated, ethically and legally, to conduct themselves responsibly in order to protect self and others. Student who know they are infected with the virus are also strongly urged to share that information with not only the OVDSS but the Sebastian Health Services. This will enable the University to better respond to health needs as well as educational needs. Such information will be disclosed to responsible University officials on a strictly limited, need to know, basis (for the purpose of evacuation and safety). The student may request disclosure be limited to specific persons and/or offices. The University is obligated by law to disclose to public health officials information about all confirmed cases of active AIDS.