Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Western Michigan University will not discriminate or tolerate discrimination against any person based on that person’s HIV status.

The following statements elaborate on this University policy:

  • The human immunodeficiency virus is the reported cause of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). AIDS is not yet a curable disease but it is generally preventable. Therefore, education programs about HIV and AIDS-related issues will have high priority as the best means to prevent HIV infection as well as to prevent fear of and discrimination against HIV-positive persons. These programs will be developed for students, staff, and faculty under the auspices of the HIV Task Force.
  • HIV status shall not prevent any individual from participating in campus life, including classes, housing, and employment, if he/she is otherwise able and eligible to do so. Situations that place members of the University community at risk for their health will be considered individually. Action compatible with University student and personnel policies will be taken to protect the student or the employee.
  • The University will not require HIV antibody testing of individual students, faculty, or staff unless mandated by law.
  • The University will hold in confidence the medical information it obtains about any member of the University community to the extent permitted by law and consistent with obligations of the University and will use medical information only on an as-needed basis.
  • The President or his/her designee will be responsible for decisions related to the participation in campus life of an HIV-positive person. These decisions may be made in consultation with the HIV Task Force, local infectious disease experts, and with the student's or employee’s private physician. All cases will be considered individually.

(Approved by the Board of Trustees, July 31, 1992)