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Health Policies

Health History and Immunization Record

Virginia State law requires all full-time students enrolling for the first time in a four-year public institution to provide a health history and an official immunization record.  The College further requires all full-time students (including previously matriculated students) and any other student eligible for services, as determined by their department, to provide documentation of meeting the immunization requirements and a physician-documented medical history performed within the twelve months preceding his/her initial enrollment.  The Health Center will not accept the form if the physician completing and signing the form is a family member.  Previously enrolled students entering a new program as full-time students after an absence from campus of greater than three years must submit a new history and physician documented medical history.  If the absence is greater than 10 years, then the immunization requirements will need to be revalidated.  This information must be submitted on the College's Health Evaluation Form. Students who do not fully comply with these requirements may be referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action, have a hold placed preventing them from registering for classes or receiving a transcript, denied non-urgent medical care at the Student Health Center, evicted from residence halls and/or be removed from campus (depending on the nature of the medical issue).

Insurance Requirement

The College requires all full-time undergraduate, graduate and professional students admitted Fall 2006 or after, and all F-1 & J-1 international students to have adequate health insurance coverage throughout the school year as a condition of enrollment.  These students will be enrolled in the college-endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan, and the cost will be billed to their student accounts in two installments (fall and spring semester) UNLESS the student furnishes proof of other adequate health insurance coverage.  Students who already have health insurance for the entire academic year must submit a waiver request by the posted deadline each academic year, and the waiver must be approved to avoid being enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. All other full-time undergraduate and graduate students admitted prior to fall 2006 are not required by the College to have health insurance coverage, but they are eligible to enroll in the college-endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan on a voluntary basis.

It is the student's responsibility to verify whether the charge has been billed to his or her student account. If there is a billing error, the student should contact the Student Insurance Coordinator immediately. To access the waiver or enrollment request forms and for more information about the insurance requirement or the College-endorsed insurance plan, please visit the Student Insurance page.

Reportable Diseases

In the event a student is diagnosed as having a transmittable disease which must be reported to the State Department of Health, the College reserves the right to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether it should establish conditions to limit or prohibit the student's continued participation in the College community in the interest of public health and/or the health of the student. The Director of the Student Health Service is empowered to make this decision with consultation as appropriate. Specific conditions may include, but will not be limited to, periodic medical/counseling procedures, confinement to the Student Health Center, reassignment or removal from the residence halls, and/or a medical withdrawal from the College. If, in the opinion of the Director, the student's situation requires the immediate exclusion from the residence halls or the campus, the College will consider such action temporary until the student has an opportunity to receive a full review of the matter by the Director of the Student Health Service. For a list of reportable diseases to which this policy may apply, see the Virginia Department of Health web site.

Medical and Emotional Emergencies

The College has a medical/emotional emergency procedure to maintain the safety of individual students, as well as the community.  The medical/emotional emergency procedure will be used if a student attempts suicide, makes a threat or gesture of suicide, harms or attempts to harm him or herself or others, or undergoes severe emotional or psychological distress. Anyone with knowledge of such circumstances should contact the Dean of Students, 221-2510; Residence Life Staff, 221-4314; or Campus Police, 221-4596 to alert the counselor on call.

When the College medical/emotional emergency procedures are initiated, a student may not attend classes or college activities or return to a residence hall until he or she has been given clearance to do so by the Dean of Students or her/his designee. Clearance will require the student to demonstrate he or she is no longer in crisis and has taken steps sufficient to address the underlying emotional and/or psychological issues which led to crisis to allow him or her to function in the college environment.  Parental notification and involvement is necessary in order to ensure the safety of students, and to comply with state law; only the Dean of Students or the Vice President for Student Affairs may decide not to involve parents/guardians.  The medical/emotional emergency procedure is implemented with sensitivity to students' privacy and academic success.   Taking time away from the College to address urgent medical and emotional issues in compliance with this policy does not necessitate negative academic consequences.  The Dean of Students office will take measures necessary to allow students to return to school with the same academic standing once health is restored.  Students are responsible for the costs of their medical care.

Failure to comply with the provisions of the College medical/emotional emergency procedure may result in disciplinary action through the Code of Conduct. A complete summary of the Medical and Emotional Emergency Protocol may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students.