Student Handbook 2020-2021

Keuka College Institutional Position: Aids

Current knowledge indicates that students with any form of HIV infection do not pose a health risk to other students in an academic setting. There has been no confirmed case of transmission of HIV by any household, school, or other casual contact. The Public Health Service states there is no risk created by living in the same place as an infected person, eating food handled by an infected person, being coughed or sneezed on by an infected person, casual kissing, or swimming in a pool with an infected person

Because there is neither a vaccine to prevent HIV infection nor curative therapy for persons infected with HIV, the most pressing need for a college setting is increased awareness and education to prevent further spread of the virus. Therefore, Keuka College will follow these guidelines in response to the epidemic of infection of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) which causes the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS):

  1. Programs will be provided to educate students, faculty, staff, and administration about HIV infections, AIDS, and preventive measures including the proper utilization of condoms. Educational programs will emphasize that those individuals with positive tests primarily transmit the disease through anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse and by sharing needles. Breast milk may also transmit the virus to a nursing infant. The sharing of toothbrushes, razors, etc. that may be blood-contaminated should be discouraged, since it is considered risky.
  2. Those with AIDS or a positive blood test are not denied access to classes, residence halls, eating places, gymnasiums, swimming pools or other common areas.
  3. Condoms are available through the health services office for free.
  4. The College does not consider AIDS and exclusion criterion in admission decisions nor as a factor in the employment of staff. At no time is the screening for HIV required of student, faculty, staff or administration.
  5. Health services will make referrals to outside resources as needed for medical monitoring, HIV antibody testing and counseling for people with AIDS, HIV-positive carriers and any other concerned students.
  6. Information concerning students with AIDS-virus infection is treated with the same degree of confidentiality as other conditions. It is understood that public health guidelines must be observed and followed.