HIV Policy

In support of its mission to promote optimal wellness and preserve the rights of all students, Henderson State University endorses the following policy for responding to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.

Based on conclusive evidence from the U.S. Public Health Affairs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people living with HIV disease pose no threat of transmission through casual contact to those who are uninfected. Because many people are infected and don’t know it, the university accepts an inclusive approach that recognizes any individual could be HIV positive. No screening or inquiries regarding HIV status will be made for admission or employment.

Access

People with HIV/AIDS are protected from discrimination by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Appropriate, reasonable accommodations will be made for students and employees who are infected and they will be accorded all rights of access and responsibilities in every aspect of university life as available to uninfected persons. Acts of discrimination or abuse will not be tolerated. Confidentiality will be observed.

Prevention/Education

The university will provide ongoing education for students and employees that includes the following:

  1. Facts about infection, transmission, testing sites, and prevention.
  2. Skill development and equipment for self protection.
  3. A climate that fosters care and respect for self and others.

Support Services

Student Health Affairs is the primary point of confidential contact for people living with HIV and will serve as a resource to the campus community regarding HIV issues on campus.

Support Affairs and referrals to the local health unit are also available in the following offices: Student Support Affairs, Disability Support Affairs, Counseling and Career Center, Student Health Affairs.

Policy Implementation and Review

The Henderson State University Health Committee will be responsible for implementation of this policy. They will review this policy annually or as new scientific information emerges and submit revisions to the Office of the President for approval.

(Adapted from HIV Policy written by David Burns and Jeff Gould)