Student Health Clinic

Health alert regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus):

We are following guidance from state and local public health officials (and the CDC) regarding this outbreak.  At this time, the Iowa Department of Public Health is not recommending any additional travel screening, but for our healthcare providers to continue the travel history screening that is always done as part of a clinical evaluation.  Student Health is in direct communication with the health officials who are closely monitoring the situation in our community and state, and will implement any recommendations they might have for screening or management of the outbreak.  For more information on this emerging health issue, see information from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC.  

If you have traveled to/from China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a healthcare office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.

Students with any health-related concerns or questions, please contact the Student Health Clinic at (319)-273-2009 opt.#1. After hours care options are available on our website.

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Influenza Information

The UNI Student Health Clinic has recently seen an increased number of students who have tested positive for the flu. Currently, flu is widespread in the State of Iowa. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths from flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Each case of the flu can vary from mild to severe illness.

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Does the UNI Student Health Clinic provide medical/work excuses to students?

Effective September 1, 2009 the UNI Student Health Clinic made the decision to no longer provide medical excuses for missed classes, exams, assignments or work. This practice is similar to other universities and is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association.

The decision to change our policy is based on our limited resources, which are better dedicated to providing health care. Additionally, students may have effectively managed through self care and thus we are unable to make valid determinations about illnesses or injuries. Requiring written excuses would make many students come to the Student Health Clinic only after they are better just to get a note for their professor.

The Student Health Clinic encourages students to make mature decisions when they are too sick to attend class. Class attendance is an administrative matter between faculty and students. If a student misses class due to an illness, injury or an emergency, the student should contact their professor, preferably before the class or exam takes place. Students should communicate with him/her either via phone or e-mail. It is the student's responsibility to work with their professor on missed assignments or exams.

An ill student is the only one able to determine if they are too ill to fulfill expected academic responsibilities. The student must honestly decide whether or not they can do their work and take responsibility for this. Furthermore, the academic relationship between the student and professor must remain in the classroom. The professor is in the best position to know the student and to judge the students academic performance. It can be helpful to encourage the student to be as open as possible in sharing with you how their condition has been affecting their studies. Together faculty and students can work to a resolution on the missed assignments or exams. All decisions about the impact of an absence, as well as any arrangements for making up work, rest with the instructors.

Students should make every attempt to work directly with their professor. If a student needs additional assistance, after addressing the concern with a professor, they can go to the department head. If a student still feels they need assistance, they may contact the dean of the College. If students have exhausted all of these other options, they should contact the Provost's office.

Accreditation

The Student Health Clinic is an AAAHC accredited facility. We participate in a voluntary site survey to measure the quality of our services and performance against nationally recognized standards of The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

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