As a Catholic university, Seton Hall strives to enhance the well-being of all members of its community. The University is committed to providing an open forum for ongoing education on a broad range of topics, as well as appropriate counseling and pastoral support for those with special needs. Recognizing the diverse nature of the campus body, the University encourages input from all sources, and seeks to enhance knowing and compassionate responses to social issues.
The most significant contribution that Seton Hall University can make to limit the spread of HIV infection is through education. When members of the University community are fully informed about the nature of this disease, its modes of transmission and those behavioral changes that can limit the spread of AIDS, a significant step will have been made in protecting the lives and health of our students, faculty, administrators, staff and employees.
The following guidelines are suggested by the American College
Health Association and Center for Disease Control (CDC), are based on the most current data available:
Committee A campus committee, drawn from various governance groups, will
organize and oversee an educational program and provide a mechanism for
making policy decisions as they become necessary. Should an issue be
raised regarding a member of the Seton Hall faculty, staff or student body
(or applicants for the same) with AIDS/HIV, the case circumstances will be
evaluated by a small core group of the AIDS Task Force. This core will
include representatives of Health/Counseling Services and legal counsel.
In making recommendations, the task force will give consideration to the
health and safety of the individual and the institution, maintaining and
protecting the civil rights of both.
Admissions There will be no discrimination in accepting persons with HIV or AIDS at
Seton Hall University.
Employment Persons seeking employment by Seton Hall University will not be
discriminated against on the basis of HIV or AIDS, nor will employment be
terminated on the basis of this disease, unless the nature and extent of
the illness reasonably precludes the performance of employment or impairs
any operations of the University. If a person is unable to perform duties
because of HIV or AIDS, benefits will be continued in accordance with the
University policy pertaining to employees with any other handicap or
Attendance Students who are HIV positive or have AIDS will not be excluded from
attending classes or partaking in University activities. Students who may
be too ill to attend class will be treated as any other student with a
to Facilities There will be no restriction of access for individuals with HIV or AIDS to
student unions, theaters, restaurants, cafeterias, gymnasiums, swimming
pools, recreational facilities or other common areas.
Housing Decisions about housing for students with HIV and AIDS must be made
on a case-by-case basis. The most current medical information available does
not indicate any risk to those sharing residence with infected
individuals. The University may choose to provide private rooms in order
to protect the health of immunodeficient students -- not to protect other
students from them.
Antibody Testing There will be no mandatory testing of students or employees, or
prospective students or employees, for HIV or AIDS. Health/Counseling
Services provides voluntary testing. Testing must be confidential where
positive results can be confirmed by specific tests and both pre-and
post-test counseling are available.
Confidentiality There will be no requirement that students or employees, or prospective
students or employees, be asked to respond to questions about their status
in regard to HIV or AIDS. However, it is appropriate for students and
employees with HIV or AIDS to inform campus health care providers to
enable the University to provide proper medical care, support, counseling
and education. This, like any other medical information, will be handled
in the strictest of confidence. No person, group, agency, insurer,
employer or institution will be provided with any medical information
without the prior specific written consent of the patient. Given the
possibility of unintended compromise of the confidentiality of
information, Health/Counseling Services will carefully weigh the
importance of including any specific information about the existence of
HIV or AIDS in the medical record, except when circumstances of medical
necessity mandate it. At minimum, the inclusion of any information
regarding HIV or AIDS will be discussed with the patient prior to entry.
The number of people in the institution who are aware of the existence
and/or identity of students and employees who are HIV positive or have
AIDS will be kept to a minimum, both to protect the confidentiality and
privacy of the infected persons, and to avoid the generation of
unnecessary fear and anxiety. The University recognizes that all
confidential medical information is protected by statutes and that any
unauthorized disclosure of it may create legal liability.
The duty of health care providers to protect the confidentiality of
information is superseded by the necessity to protect others only in very
specific, life-threatening circumstances.
Health Reporting Requirements In all jurisdictions, cases of AIDS meeting the criteria for the
surveillance definition of the Centers for Disease Control must be
reported to the local public health authorities. In New Jersey, a positive
blood test for the HIV antibody is reportable to the State Health
Department but must be kept confidential. The detailed and revised
surveillance definition for AIDS-case reporting purposes is included in :
Centers for Disease Control. Revision of the CDC surveillance case definition
for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly
Reports 1987; 36: 1S.
Care Special precautions to protect the health of individuals with HIV or AIDS
should be considered during periods of prevalence of certain contagious
diseases, such as measles or chicken pox. Individuals with HIV or AIDS may
be excused from any institutional requirements as medically indicated.
Services The University’s health policy encourages regular and follow-up
counseling for those who have HIV or AIDS. The University will make
counseling available through Health/Counseling Services and/or Campus
Ministry for persons who:
HIV positive or have AIDS;
concerned about HIV exposure; are
experiencing stress because someone close to them is HIV positive or has
suffered the loss of someone close to them as a result of AIDS.
Precautions The University must follow the Universal Safety Precautions as
proposed by the United States Public Health Service for the handling of
the blood and body fluids of all persons. Teaching laboratories requiring
exposure to blood will use only disposable equipment, and no lancets or
other bloodletting devices will be shared or reused. No students, except
those in health care profession schools, will be required to obtain or
process the blood of others.
Harassment Seton Hall University condemns all forms of discrimination and
considers verbal or physical manifestation of such discrimination
intolerable. Violators will be quickly dealt with according to University
January 1, 1995
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