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UMC Campus Policy on AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a major challenge to our society. Even though mechanisms of transmission are well understood and in spite of the relatively low incidence of AIDS in the general population, this disease presents a serious public health issue because there is no effective vaccine or known cure.

Given the size of the University of Minnesota, it is very likely that some in our community have been and will be infected by the HIV/AIDS virus. University responses to such occurrences are guided both by the University's commitment to the protection of individual rights (including confidentiality) and by due regard for community public health interests.

Studies and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Public Health Service indicate that individuals with AIDS or AIDS-related conditions generally do not pose a health risk to others while carrying out their regular activities as students or employees. Available evidence strongly indicates that AIDS is transmitted by intimate sexual contact or by injection of contaminated blood. The overwhelming consensus of authoritative medical opinion is that AIDS is not readily communicable and that is does not spread through casual contact.

Should administrative decisions with respect to participation by any student with AIDS or an AIDS-related condition in University activities and programs become necessary, they will be made on a case-by-case basis by appropriate administrative officers in consultation with medical experts.

At the present time, the most effective means to prevent the spread of AIDS is health education. The University will continue to review and revise its health education program and relevant administrative guidelines if new information about AIDS becomes known.

At the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) the following committee will review and make recommendations regarding accommodations, housing, academics and other special considerations for students having HIV/AIDS:

  • Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Student Disabilities Counselor
  • Student Health Services (to include Medical Consultant)
  • Residential Life Director

The committee shall consult with or request assistance from the University faculty/staff working most closely with the HIV/AIDS individual.