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2.01.2006
  Donating Blood Deemed Discriminatory
The University of Vermont won't ban American Red Cross blood drives on campus despite a complaint from the school's affirmative action office that the organization violates UVM's non-discrimination policy.

Kathryn Friedman, the executive director of the affirmative action office, has recommended that UVM curtail Red Cross blood drives on campus, arguing the Red Cross policy violated UVM's non-discrimination policy.

Nationally, the organization's position has been that the Food and Drug Administration won't allow it to accept blood from sexually active gay men.

The policy is meant to keep HIV-positive blood from contaminating the nation's blood supply. The FDA last considered whether to revise its policy in 2000, when a panel of FDA specialists voted 7-6 to maintain the ban.

Other regional universities, including the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire, are considering whether to allow the Red Cross to continue to stage blood drives on their campuses.

The University of Maine's student government has voted to ban Red Cross blood drives on its Orono campus. The University of New Hampshire's Student Senate last year passed a resolution calling on the Red Cross and the FDA to revise their policies.
 
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