Students Find Way Around Blood Drive Ban

Blood drives may be forbidden at San Jose State University, but students—by not claiming any official affiliation with the university—are doing their best to work around the ban.

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Blood drives may be forbidden at San Jose State University, but students—by not claiming any official affiliation with the university—are doing their best to work around the ban put in place by the school's president in January. Members of a school fraternity held a blood drive near campus Monday, the Spartan Daily reports.

President Don Kassing and school officials met last week with FDA officials to discuss the exclusion of gay men from giving blood (the reason SJSU banned blood drives in the first place) but said they left "a little disappointed, a little frustrated" by the FDA's reluctance to reconsider its policies. More recently, Kassing faced the SJSU student media and defended the "suspension" (not ban) of blood drives while also admitting he has not donated blood in a while. "But I've found myself thinking about it." Since it's kind of impossible not to, given all those meetings about banning blood drives.