When the HIV/AIDS policy was adopted in 1988, Concordia was only the fourth university in Canada to define formal guidelines on AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
The policy was created to educate and help the university deal with any HIV/AIDS related incident which could arise. Included in the guidelines were provisions for an HIV/AIDS Resource Person attached to Health Services as well as an HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee. It also contained guidelines for Concordia students, student residences and employees.
The implementation of the guidelines spawned a series of activities and lectures on AIDS education. Working on the HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee also led Cinema professor Thomas Waugh to develop Concordia's first AIDS course, "HIV/AIDS: Culture, Social and Scientific Aspects of the Pandemic" in 1994.