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University fined for expelling HIV-positive student

The Centers for Disease Control has decided to slap a fine of NT$1 million (US$31,800) on National Defense University for forcing an HIV-positive student out of university in 2013, reports Focus Taiwan.

If the fine is issued, it will mark the first time the Centers for Disease Control or CDC has issued a fine on the grounds of education discrimination, and it will also be the stiffest fine ever issued by the CDC. According to CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw, the university is still in the middle of an administrative suit with the Ministry of Health and Welfare regarding the case. If the university is willing to reach an out-of-court settlement with the ministry, there will be no need for the CDC to issue the fine, he said.

The student, called Ah Li, tested positive for HIV in a health test in early 2012. The hospital that conducted the exam passed the result to the university without Ah Li's consent, and the university subsequently held frequent conversations with him, trying to get him to drop out. The university also required him to wash his bowl, plate and eating utensils in public dining areas separately and barred him from swimming in the swimming pool.
Full report on the Focus Taiwan site