Health & Safety
College students may encounter a variety of challenges during their years of study, including separation from family and friends, the transition into adulthood, developing new relationships, and defining and committing themselves to a career path. At the same time, they continue to deepen their understanding of themselves and their purpose in life.
The Office of Student Affairs provides a range of services to help students meet these challenges, enhance their success at the College, and support their emotional and spiritual well-being. Services include individual counseling, group discussions, referrals, outreach, and workshops.
The individual student counseling service operates confidentially unless a student signs a consent form authorizing disclosure of information shared with staff. A counselor may break confidentiality, however, for the safety of the student and/or others.
The Office of Student Affairs strives to help cultivate well- rounded individuals who are capable of dealing with challenges and adversity in a constructive manner. It offers a holistic approach to supporting students by helping them develop the inner strength to handle negative emotions such as anxiety, stress, frustration, and depression. This approach includes preventative and educational services such as individual and group counseling for students experiencing a variety of personal and emotional issues, in addition to meditation exercise and discussion groups.
Immunization and Health Services
To enroll in the College, every student is required under state law to demonstrate proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella, unless he or she provides a valid exemption to immunization. A student may request a waiver through one of the following means: a certificate from a physician stating that in the opinion of the physician such immunization is medically contraindicated; a written statement that such immunization would be contrary to the student’s religious or spiritual beliefs; or a laboratory report documenting immunity. The Office of Student Affairs pro- vides consultation and recommendations for students who do not have records of required immunizations.
The Office of Student Affairs presents information about vaccination for preventable diseases, such as meningococcal disease, to students, or parents and guardians of students under the age of 18. Students are required to either provide proof of immunization against meningococcal meningitis disease or sign an acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of meningococcal meningitis immunization.
The Office of Student Affairs maintains information on personnel trained in CPR and first aid as well as the nearest hospitals and medical facilities. In the event of a medical emergency, students are directed to the nearest hospital emergency room or to call 9-1-1 for an ambulance.
Disability Support Services
In the spirit of the federal and state disabilities laws, the Office of Student Affairs provides disability consultation and coordinates reasonable special accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities, including temporary disabilities due to injury. Students must request disability support services through the Office of Student Affairs and should notify their course instructors promptly thereafter of accommodations made for their courses. Disability support services are determined individually based on the disability condition and may include classroom and testing accommodations such as extended time on assignments or tests, taped or scanned books, disability services referral, and registration assistance.
Campus security, in collaboration with the Office of Facility Operations, provides services including security patrol, escort, transportation, and identification and access services to maintain a safe and secure campus environment that is conducive to learning, working, living, and visiting.