The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an infectious agent known to be associated with a number of outcomes including the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV primarily infects immune systems and white blood cells and the degree of the resulting compromise of an individual’s immune system determines an infected person’s clinical outcome. Studies demonstrate that the majority of those infected with HIV remain generally well but continue to harbor the virus for life. Only a minority of infected people develop full-blown AIDS, but everyone with HIV infection could potentially be infectious to others.
The health risk poses a serious challenge to the university community. Wingate University is aware of the seriousness of this disease and is mindful of its role in protecting the health and physical welfare of students, faculty and employees. Because of the potential consequences that this condition poses to the university community, Wingate University has adopted a policy in response to the AIDS epidemic. This policy sets forth the general guidelines for AIDS-related education, prevention, safety and treatment. Copies of this policy are available in the office of the dean of students and in student health. Accommodations required as a result of this disease will also be evaluated and dealt with in accordance with the university’s policy regarding Provision of Reasonable Accommodations for Education Programs, a copy of which is available in the office of the dean of students.