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University Health Services

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 Services Web site.

For nonurgent situations, students are required to make appointments, available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 5:00 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 Clinic 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, (512) 475-NURSE (471-6877), is available twenty-four hours a day to offer advice about illness or injury. Medical treatment during the hours University Health Services is closed must be obtained from a community health care service and must be 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 is funded entirely by tuition paid by students and by charges for certain supplies and services. There are no office visit charges to see a University Health Services health care provider except for the following: annual well-woman exams; routine physicals; initial Travel Health Nurse visits; and visits to the University Health Services Urgent Care Clinic after 5:30 pm on weekdays, on weekends, and on official University holidays. There are charges for most other services, including but not limited to prescription drugs, laboratory tests, x-rays, physical therapy, and immunizations. These charges are generally lower than the cost of comparable services in the community. 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.

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Counseling and Mental Health 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; stress management and biofeedback resources; group counseling; psychiatric evaluation and medication, if indicated; and programs designed to assist students in personal growth and development. 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. The center also provides support to the University community following traumatic events affecting University students. 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 Street, 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 every day, including holidays. Callers may remain anonymous. The telephone number is (512) 471-CALL (471-2255).

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Career Exploration Center

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 small 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/.

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UT Learning Center

The UT Learning Center provides academic support services to all University students. It offers both group and individual programs designed to help students increase their efficiency in college-level reading, writing, mathematics, and science. In addition, the center conducts classes in speed reading, study strategies, selected calculus topics, final exam reviews for specific mathematics courses, and preparation for graduate school examinations.

An integral part of the center, Tutorial Services offers tutoring by appointment for many University courses; drop-in tutoring for selected natural sciences and mathematics courses; writing consultations to assist graduate students with their writing projects; and developmental studies in mathematics, reading, and writing. The program is internationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association at the regular, advanced, and master tutor levels.

A walk-in counseling service is available for students who want to discuss academic concerns. Students may also make individual appointments to discuss special learning problems, such as test anxiety, learning disabilities, and attention disorders. The center's Peer Academic Coaching Program matches undergraduates with peer mentors for individual private coaching on how to achieve academic success.

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 trains teaching assistants and undergraduates to lead discussion sections in which they integrate effective learning strategies with course content to assist students in historically difficult entry-level courses. Through workshops in learning skills and weekly meetings with teaching assistants and faculty members, the Teaching Teams Program trains student volunteers enrolled in large classes to function primarily as study group leaders.

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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