108.12.4 University of Alberta Guidelines for Students with Respect to Bloodborne Pathogens

1. Degree Requirements

The University of Alberta will make reasonable accommodation with respect to students who have tested positive for a bloodborne pathogen where such a medical condition is brought to the University's attention. This includes making every reasonable effort to allow students to complete their program requirements.

2. Confidentiality

This policy is in keeping with the purposes and provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Statutes of Alberta, 1994, Chapter F-18.5, as amended. The policy governs the right of access, subject to limited and specific exceptions, of students to their own records and personal information, collected and kept by the University of Alberta. The Act also governs this institution's obligations to protect the privacy of individuals studying at the University of Alberta, while also recognizing the University's obligation to protect the well-being of students, staff, and the public. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

a. In keeping with GFC policy (Section 109), no specific or detailed information about students who have tested positive for a bloodborne pathogen will be provided to any person or agency without the express written permission of the student in each case or as may be required by law. As of October 1997, Hepatitis B and C are reportable diseases. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

b. Given the possibility of unintended or accidental compromise of the confidentiality of information, University officials will record specific information regarding positivity for bloodborne pathogens in a coded manner, allowing only a limited number of individuals that knowledge. The inclusion of such information in medical records should be discussed with the individual prior to its entry. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

c. Students are encouraged to inform the University Health Service if they are positive for any bloodborne pathogen in order that reasonable accommodation, medical care and education can be provided. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

3. Safety

a. The University has adopted safety guidelines for the handling of blood and body fluids as set out in the general statement on bloodborne pathogens in 108.12.2. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

b. The University of Alberta Hospital and the Capital Health Authority have adopted bloodborne pathogen related protocols. Other organizations where students are placed for clinical and practicum purposes may have their own bloodborne pathogen related protocols which may also apply. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

4. Education Program About Bloodborne Pathogens

a. Students will have available to them an educational program about bloodborne pathogens that is detailed and practical. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

b. The University of Alberta has designated the Dean of Students as the Officer responsible for an education program for students about bloodborne pathogens. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

5. Role of University Health Centre

a. University Health Centre will provide pre-and post-test counselling to those students having bloodborne pathogen testing, or refer them to counselling sources elsewhere. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)

b. The University of Alberta encourages regular medical follow-up for students who test positive for a bloodborne pathogen. (GFC 15 OCT 1997) (BG 07 NOV 1997)