AIDS Policy

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Sam Houston State University seeks to minimize the HIV/AIDS health risk on campus. To prevent the spread of AIDS, Sam Houston State University has adopted an educational program aimed at increasing faculty, staff, and student awareness. The university will respond to each AIDS case on an individual basis subject to prevailing medical research and current legal opinion, using as a guide the American College Health Association’s General Statements on Institutional Response to AIDS. The University Health Center is the designated central source for AIDS educational materials, information regarding AIDS testing, counseling, and referral for medical care. In the event that a student, or a faculty or staff member, is known to have AIDS or is medically diagnosed as a carrier of the HIV virus, the university physician will make appropriate recommendations as may be medically necessary. The welfare of the student and the prevention of transmission of the disease are of primary concern in such cases. Students who fail to abide by such conditions and are found to endanger themselves or the campus community by such noncompliance, may be referred to the university Crisis Team. University employees who fail to abide by such recommendations will be subject to disciplinary actions on the same basis as any other work rule violation. The patient’s rights of nondiscrimination, privacy and confidentiality shall be honored as provided for under State and Federal law. Because of the extensive medical research currently under way on AIDS and the additional medical evidence which may become available with regard to AIDS, this policy statement is subject to change. Nothing herein shall be construed as an assumption of risk or of other legal responsibility by Sam Houston State University for the health or welfare of any individual beyond the limits of previously existing university policy or State law.

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