Communicable Disease Policy

The University has adopted the following policies with respect to all communicable diseases including the Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and sexually transmitted diseases:

1. The University will endeavour to make available up-to-date educational materials and Public Health Unit bulletins to students, staff and faculty concerning any communicable infection and disease.

2. The University is not responsible for spread or infection on campus caused by reportable or non-reportable infections and diseases (as defined by Health Canada). Nevertheless, staff and faculty in University departments (e.g., Health Services, Community Life and Physical Education/Athletics) where an accident involving blood has a higher possibility of occurrence, will receive specific training and will maintain special guidelines designed to help protect students, staff and faculty from possible infection. Universal precautions (as prescribed by Health Canada) will be followed in the treatment and continue care of any ill or injured students, staff or faculty member.

3. The University will communicate to the local Public Health Office of Health Canada, all reportable communicable infections and diseases as per the following provisions:

a) While the health status information of any student, staff or faculty member is held in the strictest confidence, the University is also committed to protect the health and safety of other community members in our close living, working and teaching environment.
b) The University, in conjunction with the local Public Health Office, will give students, staff and faculty appropriate information, as needed, on reportable communicable infections or diseases.
c) The University will meet all legal requirements of the local Public Health Office for quarantine or isolation of any student, staff or faculty infected with a contagious disease.

4. No student who contracts a contagious infection or disease while enrolled will be asked to leave campus or withdraw because of his/her illness UNLESS he/she poses a danger to campus community members as determined by the local Public Health Office or by the University’s Health Services Office.

5. In the event that testing for infection is required either by the Public Health Office or some other government body including Health Canada, it will be carried out only following consultation with a physician by the individual to be tested. If testing is required according to the Public Health Office or Health Canada, the need for such testing will be communicated confidentially to the individual by the University.

6. The University recognizes that those infected with a communicable disease may benefit from specific medical and counselling care. The university encourages anyone affected by these conditions to access services through their health care provider or the medical and counselling staff in the Wellness Centre on campus.

a) The University recognizes that those who disclose their HIV/AIDS status have legal right to confidentiality. The confidentiality of such information will be maintained by the University’s Health Services Office and will not be divulged to any member of the University’s community, the Public Health Office or other governmental organizations under the guidelines of the Health Act.
b) HIV/AIDS has been added as a reportable infection or disease under the Health Act Communicable Disease Regulations of the Health Act. Patients will be given nominal (with name) and non-nominal (coded) HIV testing and reporting options using guidelines and obligations implemented by the BC Ministry of Health Planning.
c) All fully qualified students have equal access to the University’s programs and services. The HIV/AIDS status of a student will not affect eligibility for admission.
d) Notwithstanding the issue of confidentiality, the University will act appropriately and as necessary to protect the health and safety of all its community members, including those with HIV/AIDS.

7. The risk of being infected with HIV/AIDS through day-to-day casual contact with people anywhere is extremely low. Although there is no known cure for HIV/AIDS, a great deal is known about how the virus is spread. Recognizing that misplaced fear and a lack of understanding may exist regarding HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases, the University commits to work to prevent and eliminate discrimination or harassment toward any staff, faculty or student community member. Appropriate education will be provided along with the formulation and implementation of related campus policies protecting all community members.

The University’s Community Covenant statement outlines a framework to guide all students, staff and faculty in making responsible decisions and articulates the community’s understanding of the lifestyle to which Jesus Christ calls Christians. Precautions such as educating oneself about “at risk” behaviour and making personally responsible decisions about one’s own behaviours will help protect against the risk of many serious communicable infections or diseases.