NHTI will offer its students diagnosed with AIDS or as HIV positive the same opportunities and benefits offered to other students in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and appropriate laws. These include access to educational programs, advisement and counseling services, and financial aid. Except where course work or external placement requires involvement with body fluids, no special policies, procedures or rules will be imposed on students diagnosed with AIDS or as HIV positive that will limit or restrict the student’s participation in college activities or programs. Students are advised, however, that certain allied health programs may have policies in addition to those listed below in order to comply with rules established by clinical sites.
This policy is subject to applicable laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitative Act of 1973, as amended.
- Neither a diagnosis of AIDS nor a positive HIV antibody test will be part of the initial admission decision for students applying to NHTI, nor will NHTI require screening of students for antibody to AIDS/HIV. Programs providing clinical experiences should be guided by the CDC and OSHA guidelines.
- Students with AIDS or a positive HIV antibody test will not be restricted from access to college facilities and common areas.
- Students diagnosed with AIDS/HIV may seek reasonable accommodation in order to remain enrolled, provided the student works with the Disabilities Coordinator on the campus and provides appropriate medical documentation.
AIDS/HIV test results may not be released under any circumstances except with specific written authorization by the student. No person, group, agency, insurer, employer, or institution may be provided any information related to the AIDS/HIV status of a student without the prior written consent of the individual, unless otherwise required by law.
- Legal liability – The obligation of the college to protect the confidentiality of information is governed by all pertinent federal laws and HIPPA rules and regulations.
- Public health reporting requirements – The Student Health Services will comply with all public health reporting requirements to the local public health authorities.
- Secondary lists or records – Neither health officers nor administrators should keep secondary lists or logs identifying individuals tested for antibodies to AIDS/HIV or known to be AIDS/HIV infected, unless required to do so by federal or state law.