- Student Experience
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- Counseling and Health Services
Counseling and Health Services
Counseling and Health Services are provided to full-time traditional students.
Benefits of Campus Health Services
- Convenience- Students can see our staff between classes and as their schedules allow. Health Services staff work hard to accommodate student schedules.
- Economy - Most of your needs are paid for by your student health fee. Those few services not covered will be charged to you at our cost.
- Quality - Health Services are provided by a Nurse Practitioner with years of health care experience.
- Individual Attention - Our staff provides care for students, not the entire community. Thus, we have the health of William Woods students as our top priority.
- Diagnosis and Treatment of acute illness or injuries; earaches, sore throats, urinary infections
- Management of chronic illness; asthma, diabetes, allergies
- Consultation for health concerns; including weight management, smoking cessation, and healthy diets
- Sexually Transmitted Disease and HIV Testing
- Well Woman Care; including pap smears, emergency contraception (Plan B), pregnancy testing, birth control advice and prescriptions
- Physical exams for employment or other reasons
- Allergy injections
- Lab testing to local reference lab or hospital with a fee
- Prescriptions for medications as indicated by student's condition
- Referrals to medical sub specialists or therapy as indicated by student condition and request
While most students are able to have their health care needs taken care of on campus, there are several local services also available to students.
Students are strongly encouraged to have private health insurance. Counseling and Health Services does not bill private insurance for any services provided. Students will need health insurance to cover the costs of prescription medication and any health or counseling services that are not offered at William Woods University.
If you are uninsured, there are brochures on student insurance available in Health Services. In addition, GradGuard, a service of Next Generation Insurance Group, provides insurance alternatives specifically designed for college students. GradGuard provides three alternatives, including:
- Individual Health Plan - Featuring Choice of Plans and Deductibles
- Short Term Medical - Valuable during interim periods where permanent coverage is not available and particularly to new graduates
- International Student Health - Designed for full-time students traveling outside of their home country
The counselor provides individual and group counseling, and programming on mental health topics. In addition, the counselor is available to act as a referral for community resources and to consult about mental health issues on campus. Services are provided to full-time traditional students.
The counselor is on-call for emergencies. Contact your Area Coordinator, or Campus Security and they will put you in touch with the counselor.
If you, or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as suicidal thoughts, alcohol poisoning or drug overdose call 911 and then call campus security. The health and safety of students requiring immediate medical treatment is the first priority. The counselor will be available to support you through the crisis.
Suicide Prevention Training Program
William Woods University has implemented a Suicide Prevention Training Program known as "Ask, Listen, Refer." This program is designed to help faculty, staff, and students:
- Identify people at risk for suicide
- Recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide
- Respond to and get help for people at risk
Immunization Requirements for Admission
All new students at William Woods University are required to provide proof of two Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines. All new residential students are also required to provide proof of one Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. These must be provided to WWU Health Services before attending classes.
Proof of immunization may be:
- A copy of personal immunization record (state produced form)
- A copy of clinic, physician office or health department records
- A copy of high school or previous college immunization records
Proof of immunization records should be sent to Counseling and Health Services Office at William Woods University, One University Avenue, Fulton, MO 65251. Do not send originals, as you may need this information at a later date.
Those who have not yet received two MMR immunizations should receive one or both as soon as possible and forward the proof to WWU Health Services. If you have not yet received a Meningococcal vaccine for bacterial meningitis and will be a residential student, you must receive this immunization as well and forward proof to WWU Health Services. Exemptions from these requirements may be accepted for medical or religious reasons. These exemptions will be granted only after written evidence is submitted to Health Services in lieu of proof of immunization. Students born prior to 1956 are also exempt from this requirement. Students who do not have proof of adequate immunization may be required to leave campus if a case of mumps, measles, or meningitis is found.
Failure to provide proof of two MMR vaccines for all students and one Meningococcal vaccine for all residential students may result your inability to register for classes. It is also highly recommended that commuter students obtain the Meningococcal vaccine as well.
Staff at Counseling and Health Services place your privacy as top priority. Parents and concerned family members are urged to contact students directly when questions about counseling and health issues arise. We are bound to protect the student's privacy and are not able to discuss counseling or health issues with any individual without permission from the student.
Counseling and Health Services are separate from other departments at WWU and the staff of Counseling and Health Services will not share private health information with faculty or staff at WWU without the express permission of the student involved. In accordance with professional, ethical and legal guidelines, safety takes precedence over confidentiality. Therefore, if a student poses a threat to either him or herself or to another person, staff will report only pertinent information needed to maintain safety. The information will only be shared with those who will make appropriate use of such information.
Counseling and Health Services keeps medical and mental health records in accordance with professional, legal and ethical guidelines. Other than authorized staff, no one will have access to student records without written permission from the student, for the release of specific record information. Medical and mental health records are not part of the student's academic file, and even the fact that the student has come to Counseling and Health Services will not be divulged to anyone without the student's permission except in specific emergency situations.