Student Handbook

HIV/AIDS Policy

Revised August 23, 2019

I. Purpose and Scope of Guidelines and Procedures

These guidelines and procedures apply to Arcadia University students, faculty, and all other employees of the University.

AIDS is potentially a life threatening, infectious disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that inhibits the body’s immune system, exposing the person to opportunistic infections. Since medical knowledge indicates that HIV is not spread through casual contact, these guidelines emphasize protection of the rights of persons infected with HIV within the limitations of their medical condition.

II. Guidelines

Consideration of the existence of HIV infection shall not be part of the initial admission/employment decision for applicants to Arcadia University.

There shall be no routine requirement that current students or employees be asked to respond to questions about the existence of HIV infection. The University will not engage in mandatory HIV antibody screening of current students and/or employees. Information and/or referral regarding testing sites is available through the University’s Health Services.

Under both Federal and Pennsylvania law, HIV and AIDS are considered disabilities, and individuals with HIV or AIDS are entitled to protection.

As with all other protected health information, no specific or detailed information concerning an individuals diagnosis shall be provided to faculty, students, administrators, and/or parents without the written permission of the person affected in each particular case. 

Confidentiality will be maintained under these guidelines unless there are compelling reasons to disclose information to particular individuals. Such compelling reasons may include cases in which the University learns that an infected individual is knowingly and willingly engaging in activities which pose health risks to others.

Unless medical risks exist, people with HIV will not be denied access to any campus facility or activity. These include, but are not limited to, University housing, class attendance, athletic events, student organization events, health services facilities and dining facilities.

Student Health Services, in conjunction with Student Affairs and other University offices, provides educational programs on an on-going basis about various topics including sexual health. The ultimate goal is to achieve responsible behavior while reducing stigma and promoting inclusion.