Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and the resultant Acquired Immunodeficiency
Syndrome (AIDS) have had a profound effect upon our entire society. In response to
the epidemic of HIV infection, West Chester University establishes this policy to
outline the method by which the University addresses students and employees who are
exposed to the HIV, and to provide a safe working and living environment for all members
of the University community.
West Chester University is committed to providing educational awareness about HIV
infection and AIDS for the campus community and promoting appropriate prevention and
control programs. Such programs shall be consistent with applicable laws, including
the Americans with Disabilities, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and Pennsylvania
Act 148 of 1990 (Confidentiality of HIV-Related Information Act), and shall be guided
by the recommendations of the U.S. Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, and the American College Health Association.
Current medical evidence indicates that students or employees with AIDS or HIV infection
do not pose a health risk to other students or employees in an academic setting. There
has been no confirmed case of HIV transmission as a result of casual contact. There
is no reason to routinely exclude or limit participation of students or employees
because they have asymptomatic or symptomatic HIV infection.
West Chester University has adopted the following procedures with respect to HIV infection:
- The University will take the necessary steps to safeguard the personal rights of persons
infected with HIV. Discrimination on the basis of HIV infection, including emotional,
verbal, or physical harassment, is expressly prohibited. Individuals who believe themselves
to be the victims of discrimination on the basis of HIV infection should contact the
Director for Equity and Compliance, 13/15 University Avenue, Ext. 2433.
- Knowledge of an individual's HIV status shall not be a part of the employment requirement
at the University or a condition for admission to University programs. No employee,
student or applicant will be required to undergo HIV testing as a requirement for
employment or admission to West Chester University.
- No otherwise qualified individual shall be prohibited from being employed, promoted
or participating in any University program or activity, with or without appropriate
accommodation, as a result of HIV/AIDS status unless there is a known risk posed to
the health or safety of others.
- HIV status shall not be cause for a restriction to access of any University facility.
There is no justification, medical or otherwise, for restricting the access of students
or employees with HIV infection to the student union, theater, cafeteria, snack bars,
gymnasiums, swimming pools, saunas, recreational facilities, or other public areas.
- An employee who has a concern that he or she is at risk because of exposure to someone
with HIV infection is encouraged to discuss the matter with his or her supervisor
or with the Human Resource Services Department. A student who has a concern that he
or she is at risk because of exposure to someone with HIV infection is encouraged
to discuss the matter with the Director of Student Health Services.
- The best currently available medical information does not indicate any risk to those
sharing a residence with infected individuals. However, decisions about housing for
students infected with HIV will be made on a case-by-case basis. Because of immune
deficiencies caused by HIV infection, accommodations will be made for HIV infected
- All University records which refer to HIV infection or AIDS in a student or employee
shall remain strictly confidential in accordance with University and the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania policies. Unless otherwise required by law, no information will be
shared with faculty, administration, student, family members, or outside insurance
carriers without the written consent of the student or employee for each instance
- The primary responsibility of the University with regards to HIV/AIDS is to promote
a safe environment which can best be accomplished through education. Effective educational
programs about AIDS and HIV are an activity of the highest priority for all areas
of the University community. These shall include the development and dissemination
of accurate, up-to-date information on the transmission, prevention and control of
HIV to all employees and students. Specialized training shall be provided for employees
with occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
- Individuals who are infected with HIV or who have a reasonable basis for believing
they are infected with HIV are encouraged to seek medical advice and are expected
to conduct themselves responsibly for the protection of other members of the University
community. Student Health Services is equipped to provide HIV testing and information
about HIV infection and AIDS to students. The Counseling and Psychological Services
Department is able to provide personal counseling for students.Wellness Promotion
has information about HIV and AIDS, including books, articles, pamphlets, videos,
and lists of internet sites, testing facilities, and counseling referrals available
for the entire campus community.