The College HIV/AIDS Policy

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a public health problem that is spreading rapidly throughout the world. Because HIV/AIDS is a contagious, apparently always fatal disease, it is appropriate to formulate HIV/AIDs guidelines for the entire Mount Holyoke community. These guidelines are based upon recommendations of the American College Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the American Council on Education.

These guidelines are consistent with existing College policies that prohibit discrimination against individuals with special needs. The guidelines are intended to promote the safety and well-being of infected individuals as well as the entire College community, to steer programs about HIV/AIDS on campus and to be used to direct College decision-making where appropriate. Mount Holyoke College complies with applicable state and federal law prohibiting discrimination.

Guidelines

These guidelines apply to the entire College community; including faculty, staff, and students.

  • Mount Holyoke College is committed to adhering to the standards established by the federal Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under this Act, applicants for admission or employment will not be subject to handicap discrimination. Mount Holyoke recognizes HIV/AIDS to be a handicapping condition.
  • So long as an individual is capable, with reasonable accommodations, of performing her/his job duties or responsibilities as a student, and HIV/AIDS-positive individual will not be precluded from advancement or promotion.
  • The College will not require random, mandatory HIV/AIDS screening or testing. Applicants for employment will not be subjected to pre-employment HIV/AIDS screening tests.
  • Individuals who make it known that they are infected with the HIV/AIDS virus will not be prevented from attending classes, working, using any campus facilities, or participating in any aspect of College life as long as doing so will not pose a health risk to themselves or others.
  • Confidentiality regarding HIV/AIDS, as well as all other health concerns, is protected by state and federal law. Information in an individual’s College medical record will not be shared without that individual’s written consent.
  • Mount Holyoke College will observe state and federal public health requirements for reporting newly diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS.
  • The Health Center will assist with HIV/AIDS education. It will also counsel individuals about available HIV/AIDs-related services and testing sites.