The University treats the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) the same as any other disease that may be contracted by students or staff. Any faculty or staff member identified as having AIDS or AIDS-Related Complex (ARC) will not be barred from working, teaching, attending classes, or participating in activities unless it is determined by appropriate administrative officers, in consultation with the individual’s personal physician or state health officers, that the person is unable to perform the duties assigned or presents a danger to the public health. All such decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and will remain open to reexamination in light of new information as it becomes available. Confidentiality will be maintained in each case: no information about individuals will be released to the community. If an employee’s ability to perform assigned duties is restricted or diminished to a point where disability benefits are applicable, his or her physician should inform the supervisor and Director of Human Resources.
Federal and New York State laws prohibit an employer from discharging or refusing to hire an individual because he or she has AIDS, ARC, or is perceived to have AIDS. Employees who become aware that a coworker has AIDS or ARC cannot refuse to work with that individual.
Counseling will be made available to employees as appropriate, and educational and informational programs will be provided as well.