ACHA Position Statements

The following are statements that ACHA has adopted as organizational positions.*

ACHA Statement in Support of Vaccine Use to Promote Health and Prevent Disease

Immunizations offer safe and effective protection from vaccine-preventable diseases. The United States is experiencing re-emergence of these diseases, in part due to factors such as un-immunized and under-immunized persons and global travel. The American College Health Association (ACHA) strongly supports the use of vaccines to protect the health of our individual students and our campus communities. In recognition of the vital role that vaccine coverage plays in community immunity (herd immunity), ACHA discourages nonmedical exemptions to required vaccines. Best practices for institutions of higher education include following recommendations for institutional prematriculation immunizations [pdf] guidelines, encouraging students who request nonmedical waivers to be counseled by a health service clinician, and considering exclusion of unimmunized students from school during outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Adopted by the ACHA Executive Committee on behalf of the Board of Directors on April 15, 2014.

ACHA Position Statement on Formal Comments/Responses to Current Events

As an advocacy-centered organization, the American College Health Association understands the importance of being responsive to current, national, and international events. However, in an ever-changing world dominated by the 24-hour news cycle and social media, it has become increasingly challenging to choose when ACHA should and should not comment.

In this current climate, ACHA has often been faced with the reality that the weight of a reaction may become diluted the more one reacts. Therefore, ACHA has chosen not to respond to political announcements, posturing, or social media posts, regardless of the source. Instead, ACHA has reserved its formal comments for response to factual news, major events, or genuine policymaking that may have a significant impact upon the health and well-being of college students and our college communities, both now and in the future. In addition, ACHA has chosen to comment upon issues affecting the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community, repeatedly defending our shared values of cultural inclusion, respect, equality, and equity. We welcome the feedback of our ACHA members on this approach.

 
Adopted by the ACHA Executive Committee on behalf of the Board of Directors on September 8, 2017.

 


As a principal component of the core values of our association, ACHA fully embraces social justice, human dignity, and respect for all. Accordingly, the association has adopted the following organizational positions* with regard to matters of equality and human rights:

Sexual Violence Position Statement

The American College Health Association (ACHA) understands that “campus sexual and relationship violence are serious public health issues that adversely affect college and university students because students cannot learn in an atmosphere in which they do not feel safe. Sexual and relationship violence comprise a continuum of behaviors that include, but are not limited to, sexual/gender harassment, sexual coercion, sexual abuse, stalking, sexual assault, and rape.” As such, ACHA issues an updated Position Statement on Sexual Violence on College and University Campuses.

For the full the position statement, please click here.

Adopted by the Executive Committee on behalf of the Board of Directors on May 10, 2016.

Statement in Support of Marriage Equality

The American College Health Association (ACHA) joins numerous professional health and human rights organizations in support of marriage equality. The Association recognizes that denial of equal civil rights can contribute to diminished health and quality of life. With due consideration and respect for varying philosophical positions and alternative viewpoints, ACHA encourages continued dialogue and collaboration to promote social justice.

Adopted by the ACHA Board of Directors on May 27, 2013.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The American College Health Association supports all initiatives to create a campus climate guided by the values of cultural inclusion, respect, equality and equity. Such a climate is essential to college health. Consistent with those values, ACHA rejects all forms of intolerance and subtler forms of discriminatory conduct with respect to the following: age; gender identity, including transgender; marital status; physical size; psychological/physical/learning disability; race/ethnicity; religious, spiritual or cultural identity; sex; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; or veteran status.

Adopted by the ACHA Board of Directors on May 30, 2000; Revised by the ACHA Board of Directors on June 7, 2008.

Anti-Bias/Anti-Violence Statement

We, the members of the association, believe that for a campus community to be truly healthy, it must be guided by the values of multicultural inclusion, respect, and equality. Intolerance has no place at an institution of higher learning.

The association supports all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, race, national origin, age, gender, religion, or disability. We encourage all campus health professionals to be actively engaged in the struggle to end oppression, to prevent bias-related violence in our campus communities, and to take action to eradicate injustice.

Adopted by the ACHA Executive Committee on behalf of the Board of Directors on July 15, 1999.

 

* These position statements represent the corporate/organizational positions of ACHA and are not intended to represent the positions of all individual, institutional, or sustaining members of the association. Notwithstanding their enrollment as members of ACHA, each individual, institutional, or organizational member is entitled to hold and express their own individual position, independent of ACHA.