Polk State College District Board of Trustees Rule 2.23 addresses HIV/AIDS. This rule is in compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as other state and federal laws, including section 760.50 of the Florida Statute, titled, “Discrimination in the Treatment of Persons; Minority Representation.”
Polk State College does not deny admission or employment solely on the grounds that an individual has been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. If a student with HIV/AIDS requires special accommodations, he or she should contact the Office of Disability Services; employees should contact Human Resources. The College can make reasonable accommodations for an individual infected with HIV/AIDS after required documentation has been submitted. In addition to special accommodations that may be made, the College has established safety guidelines for settings in which students or employees may come into contact with blood or other bodily fluids; these settings include laboratories and other instructional sites, as well as departments such as custodial services and campus safety. Records gathered by the College are kept confidential as required by federal regulations. The College, in accordance with FLorida Statutes sections 760.50, does not require students or employees to be tested for HIV/AIDS.
Pursuant to Florida Statutes section 1006.8, the Polk State College President identifies offices and officials that are responsible for planning, facilitating, and evaluating programs related to HIV/AIDS education. These include, but are 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, its signs and symptoms, the associated risk factors, appropriate behavior and behavioral changes, and mechanisms used to control the spread of HIV/AIDS. The education program also distributes literature relative to community agencies that provide HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, develops and implements HIV/AIDS awareness programs on campus, and makes updated information available to faculty, staff, and students in various forms.