The following is a summary of the
University’s Administrative Guidelines on HIV Disease. For a complete text of
the Guidelines, please consult theFogcutter
Student Handbook or visit www.usfca.edu/fogcutter.
primary response of the University of San Francisco to the HIV epidemic is
education. The University is committed to educating all members of its
community – students, staff, and faculty – about HIV disease and its
prevention. Because of the Catholic character of the University, HIV
educational activities should be situated within a broader context of the
scientific and medical nature of the disease, to address such issues as (a) the
dignity and destiny of the human person, (b) the morality of human actions, (c)
the consequences of individual choices, and (d) an understanding of human
intimacy and sexuality.
on transmission indicates that students and employees with HIV infection do not
pose a health risk to others in the academic and workplace setting. The
University believes in maintaining an environment for both working and learning
that is free from discrimination against people with HIV disease. The rights
and concerns of those who are HIV infected are to be respected at every level
of the University. The Church reminds us that discrimination or violence
directed against persons with HIV infection is unjust and immoral.
members of the USF community because of their HIV status (perceived or real) is
not acceptable behavior at the University and will be dealt with according to
the procedures set forth in USF’s Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment Policy.
will not be denied access to attend classes because of their HIV status.
Members of the University community infected with HIV shall not be restricted
from access to campus housing, classrooms, dining facilities, recreational
facilities, or other common areas. Persons with HIV disease will not be denied
an opportunity to live on campus.
University recognizes the importance of protecting to the greatest extent
possible and within the bounds provided by law the confidentiality and privacy
of any employee or student known to be infected with HIV. Accordingly, such
information should be handled by University personnel with the same degree of
care and sensitivity accorded to other types of highly confidential medical
requests from students and employees with HIV will be handled on a case-by-case
basis by the relevant University office. When requesting an accommodation
arrangement, a student or employee may be asked by the appropriate University
office for verification of his or her medical condition. Employees infected
with HIV may continue working, and students infected with HIV may continue
attending classes, as long as they are physically and mentally able.