Paragould Cosmetology Board Must Re-Admit HIV-Positive Student

JUNE 3, 2005 - Posted at 8:08 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - An inquiry by the American Civil Liberties Union has prompted the Arkansas Board of Cosmetology to tell a Paragould beauty school that it must allow an HIV-positive student to continue his course work.

Hair Tech Beauty College had dismissed Allan Dugas after he disclosed that he had the virus that causes AIDS.  The school cited an infectious and communicable disease policy as its reason for dismissing Dugas.  Duglas later went to the Arkansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union for help.

Grif Stockley, an attorney for the ACLU, says the Arkansas board of Cosmetology has contacted Hair Tech officials.  He said the board told the school that the state does not consider HIV a communicable disease that can be transmitted by cosmetology.

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