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AIDS is a serious progressive illness caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in which the immune system is disabled. Infection with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) may make a person highly vulnerable to serious and life-threatening conditions. Presently, there is no known cure for AIDS.
Transmission of the virus is highly associated with sexual intercourse with an infected person, IV injection using an infected needle, transfusions of infected blood, and transference to children through pregnancy or breast feeding. Casual contact has not been shown to result in the spread of the virus.
POLICY FOR EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS OF NNU
1. Reasonable Accommodation
Northwest Nazarene University will make reasonable accommodation for employees and students with HIV infection or AIDS, as set forth in applicable non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws that protect persons with disabilities. The university will make reasonable modifications or adjustments to the work or academic environment used by employees and students with HIV infection or AIDS. Such modifications or adjustments must also ensure equal access to benefits and privileges afforded those without disabilities.
2. Equal Opportunity
Northwest Nazarene University supports equality of educational and employment opportunity in accordance with federal and state law. No person will be denied admission to any educational program or activity or be denied employment based on HIV infection. Departments and units must comply with the following:
- Employees or applicants for employment who have HIV infection or AIDS will not be discriminated against in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, or any other terms and conditions of employment based on their disability.
- Faculty members, instructors, or teaching personnel with HIV infection or AIDS will not be discriminated against in terms and conditions affecting their employment with the university based on their disability.
- Employees with HIV infection or AIDS will be allowed to continue working as long as they are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
- Students or applicants for study with HIV infection or AIDS will not be discriminated against in admissions or financial aid decisions based on their disability.
- Students with HIV infection or AIDS will not be discriminated against based on their disabilities in education, residential, extracurricular, or other opportunities made available by the university.
Students with HIV infection or AIDS will be allowed to continue studying as long as they are in compliance with all university rules and regulations.
The Center for Disease Control of the U.S. Public Health Service (CDC) does not recommend the use of testing to screen for the presence of the HIV virus in employees, students, and applicants for employment or admission. Accordingly, it is the policy of this university not to conduct such tests, nor to require that such tests be taken. Northwest Nazarene University does, however, encourage individuals who may have engaged in high-risk behavior to seriously consider being tested for their welfare.
- Students/employees testing positive for HIV antibody or having been diagnosed as having AIDS or ARC, shall be permitted to attend classes and utilize university services in an unbiased manner.
- Counseling and/or referrals to appropriate community services will be offered.
- The university reserves the right to take whatever actions are, in its judgment, necessary or appropriate to protect persons from exposure to infection if the university becomes aware of activity that poses a significant risk of exposure.
As protection for members of the university community, departments must follow safety guidelines promulgated by the United States Public Health Service and Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the handling of blood, blood products, or other bodily fluids. Any employee or student self-identifying his/her health status and holding a position involving the risk of contamination or infectious disease will be provided education to take safety precautions.
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