5. Student Affairs
University Health Services, located in the Student Services Building, is a fully accredited ambulatory health care facility. It provides medical and health promotion services for currently enrolled students and some nonstudents who are officially enrolled in certain University programs.
The medical staff includes physicians in general medicine as well as those who are board certified in internal medicine, adolescent pediatrics, and family practice. University Health Services has its own pharmacy, laboratory, X-ray, and physical therapy facilities. Students are encouraged to choose a member of the medical services staff as their primary care provider to ensure continuity of care while at the University.
The facilities are open from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday during the long session. Operating hours for summer, holidays, and between semesters are posted on the University Health Service Web site. For nonurgent situations, students are required to make appointments, available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm. Appointments can be made by calling (512) 471-4955. Students who need immediate medical attention for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries, as determined by the University Health Services clinical staff, may be seen in the urgent care area during all hours of operation. Students with medical emergencies should go directly to an emergency facility or call Emergency Medical Services at 911.
The Nurse Advice Line (475-NURSE) is available twenty-four hours a day to offer advice about illness or injury. Treatment during the hours University Health Services is closed must be obtained from a community health care service and paid for by the student.
Health promotion services are designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and contribute to optimal lifelong well-being. Programs cover a variety of health-related topics, including alcohol and drug education and counseling, sexual health, methods of contraception, nutrition education, smoking cessation, travel health education, stress management, and general health information. Audiovisual and printed materials on a variety of health issues are available through the Health Promotion Resource Center, (512) 475-8252.
University Health Services receives most of its funding from the medical services fee paid by all students at registration. The fee covers the cost of providing students an unlimited number of office visits with physicians or nurse practitioners. There are charges for most other services, including prescriptions, laboratory tests, X rays, physical therapy, immunizations, and after-hours care. More information about policies and services is given in Appendix C and at the University Health Services Web site.
Students sometimes are affected by medical conditions beyond the scope of services offered by University Health Services. Payment for services at other medical and/or psychiatric facilities is the sole responsibility of the student; therefore, every student is advised to purchase student health insurance or to have sufficient insurance coverage under an existing policy. Additional information about the student health insurance plan is given in chapter 3.
University Health Services clinicians do not provide written excuses for patients who miss classes or assignment deadlines due to illness. Any accommodations for absences or missed deadlines are strictly between the student and the instructor. However, a student with special medical circumstances may petition the associate director for clinical services for a letter to the appropriate authority on the student's behalf to request a course load reduction, medical withdrawal, or other accommodation.
The mission of Counseling, Learning, and Career Services is to provide students with services that promote and enhance their development in the areas of academic competence, emotional stability, lifelong learning styles, and effective decision making skills. Currently enrolled students or those who have been admitted and are in the process of matriculation to the University are eligible to use the services. Counseling, Learning, and Career Services provides personal counseling, learning assistance programs, assistance selecting majors and careers, and twenty-four-hour-a-day telephone assistance through three component agencies: the Counseling and Mental Health Center, the Career Exploration Center, and the UT Learning Center.
The Counseling and Mental Health Center assists students in coping effectively with aspects of their personal and social growth that may interfere with the ability to realize the full academic benefit of their college experience. Services include individual counseling; biofeedback; group counseling; psychiatric evaluation and medication, if indicated; and programs designed to assist students in personal growth and development of interpersonal skills. There is no fee for services.
The center is staffed by counseling and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and professional counselors. It is approved by the American Psychological Association for clinical and counseling internship training and cooperates with the Departments of Psychology and Educational Psychology and the School of Social Work in training intern and practicum students.
The center believes in the importance of students using their University experience to gain skills needed for effective functioning in a complex society. Programs focus on the motivational, social, and emotional development of students; provide support systems where necessary; address problems that can affect day-to-day living; and generally prepare the student to respond more effectively to the challenges of University living. Outreach services are extended to the University community through educational and consultative programs.
The Counseling and Mental Health Center, located in the Student Services Building at 100-A West Dean Keeton, is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays. The telephone number is (512) 471-3515. The Web site is http://www.utexas.edu/student/cmhc/.
The center provides a telephone counseling service that can be reached twenty-four hours a day, including holidays. Callers may remain anonymous. The telephone number is (512) 471-CALL (471-2255).
The Career Exploration Center assists students in making decisions about their academic majors and career goals through self-assessment, standardized career tests, and professional career counseling. The center is staffed by professional counselors who specialize in career services. The center has a comprehensive library with thousands of resources on majors and careers, internship opportunities, the process for making decisions on a career, and planning for professional or graduate school.
Services are free to currently enrolled students, but there is a nominal fee for tests. Graduates of the University are eligible for services at the center for one year after graduation. Graduates are charged a minimal fee for services.
The Career Exploration Center and resource library, located in Jester Center A115A, is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and until 7:00 pm on Tuesday. Students can make an appointment to see a counselor by calling (512) 471-1217, or by stopping by the center. The Web site is http://www.utexas.edu/student/cec/.
The UT Learning Center provides a variety of services and resources to all University students. The center offers programs to help students increase their efficiency in college-level reading, writing, mathematics, science, and learning skills. Other services include preparation for graduate and professional exams, content-based discussion sessions, and peer tutoring for historically difficult entry-level courses.
The center has an internationally certified tutoring program that offers tutoring by appointment in many entry-level, lower-division courses. There is an hourly charge this tutoring, but fee waivers are granted for many students receiving need-based financial aid. The center offers free walk-in tutoring for many lower-division mathematics, chemistry, and physics classes. Writing consultants are available to help graduate students with their writing projects.
The academic counseling staff provides individual advice and instruction. Students may also make individual appointments to discuss special learning concerns, such as test anxiety, learning disabilities, and attention disorders. The center's Peer Academic Coaching Program provides guidance on time management, motivation, effective note-taking, strategies for taking tests, goal setting, and other issues.
The center's campus outreach services include overviews of the services provided and presentations on study skills for University classes, groups, and organizations; the Supplemental Instruction Program; and a Teaching Teams Program. The Supplemental Instruction Program trains teaching assistants and undergraduates to lead discussion sections in which they integrate effective learning strategies to assist students in historically difficult entry-level courses. The Teaching Teams Program is designed to bridge the gap in large classes between faculty expectations and student readiness by creating course-specific learning communities. Consultation regarding supplemental instruction is available to faculty members and to students in 398T classes.
Located in Jester Center A332A, the UT Learning Center is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The telephone number is (512) 471-3614. The Web site is http://www.utexas.edu/student/utlc/.
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