2021-2022 Catalog


Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that can damage the immune system and destroy the body’s ability to fight off illness. AIDS by itself does not kill but allows other infections that can kill (such as pneumonia, cancer and other illnesses) to invade the body.

Under the Massachusetts Constitution, Article 114, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 151B, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of his/her handicap. These laws, as well as other state laws, offer various forms of protection to people with AIDS and those perceived to be at risk of having AIDS.

In addition, various federal laws prohibit AIDS-related discrimination. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against people with AIDS or those perceived to be at risk of having AIDS by federal agencies, federal contractors, and sub- contractors, and by institutions receiving federal funds. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may protect against discriminatory practices associated with AIDS where such practices have disproportionate impact on persons of a particular gender, race or national origin. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with AIDS.

Because there is presently no specified cure for AIDS, the most important goal of this policy is to increase awareness and pro- vide education to prevent further spread of the disease. The most effective means of addressing this issue is to ensure that persons with AIDS are not discriminated against; to educate students and employees about AIDS; and to develop reasonable policies, precautions, and procedures.