Polk State College has developed a rule that addresses HIV/AIDS; District Board of Trustees Rule 2.23. This rule assures compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as other state and federal laws. Admission to Polk State College shall not be denied solely on the grounds that an individual has been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. If a student with HIV/AIDS requires special accommodations, reasonable accommodations are provided after the student submits required documentation to the Office of Disability Services found in Advising. Records gathered by the College are protected and confidential as provided by federal regulation.
Pursuant to Florida Statute (F.S. 1006.8), Polk State College offices and officials identified by the President are responsible for planning, facilitating, and evaluating programs related to HIV/AIDS education. Instruction includes, but is not limited to an educational program for all students that includes information, instruction, or activities that emphasize the known modes of transmission of HIV/AIDS, signs and symptoms, associated risk factors, appropriate behavior and behavioral changes, and the means used to control the spread of HIV/AIDS. The education program includes distributing literature relative to the community agencies which provide HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, developing and implementing HIV/AIDS awareness programs on campus, and making up-to-date information available to faculty, staff, and students in various forms.