Health and Wellness Information for Parents

What You Should Know

SUNY Plattsburgh Is a Safe Campus

Our faculty and staff get to know and interact with students every day, and develop personal relationships that further enhance their well-being.

We want you to know we are here to care for each student and to serve his or her needs. In the event of a serious illness or injury after hours, the Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital and Fast Track Emergency Center is easily accessible only a few blocks away from campus.

We have a professional staff of physicians, physician's assistants, psychologists, nurses, administrative personnel. a medical laboratory technologist, two secretaries and a health educator. Services include diagnosis and treatment of common medical illnesses, care of students with more chronic medical conditions and a wide range of other medical and health educational services.

Health Insurance

Students are required to carry health insurance. The College's mandatory student health fee supports direct health and psychological care services, as well as health education and outreach on our campus. It is NOT health insurance and does NOT cover the cost of x-rays, some laboratory procedures, referral to outside clinicians or medications not provided by the Center. Unfortunately, many of our students are discovering their health insurance plans will not provide coverage for routine laboratory tests or medications outside their home areas.

Parents and students are encouraged to contact their insurance/health care plans prior to arrival on campus to be sure students understand what type of coverage they have while at Plattsburgh State. For those students who are not covered by a parental plan or who desire supplemental insurance, a health insurance plan is available through the College. A booklet describing this plan is available at the Center.

Immunizations

All students are required to be immunized against measles/mumps/rubella. All students are encouraged to receive a yearly influenza vaccination, unless it is medically contra-indicated. Although influenza is generally a self-limiting illness, medical complications can occur. Also, influenza is often severe enough to keep students out of class. This can be disruptive during finals or when papers/projects are due.

Please encourage your son/daughter to take advantage of the influenza immunizations in the fall. Although meningococcal meningitis is extremely rare, there is evidence that students living in dormitories are at increased risk for this disease. The meningococcal vaccine can reduce this risk. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the American College Health Association recommend college students consider vaccination against potentially fatal meningococcal disease. The New York State Department of Health requires all students enrolled in college sign a form in response to the availability of the meningococcal vaccination. This can be downloaded off the forms section of the website.

Students who do not want to have the shot MUST complete and sign the form and return it to the Center upon arrival to campus. Other more routine immunizations are also available at the Center.

Confidentiality

We take the confidentiality of medical & psychological records very seriously. As you may know, confidentiality is mandated by law. We cannot release any student medical information to parents of non-minor children unless the student requests us to do so. We assure you however, that in case of a medical emergency where there is an issue of life or death, we will contact you immediately.

We hope that when your son or daughter needs our services, they will find them accessible and of high quality; but if there are problems, we want you to give us a call and let us know what we can do to improve. Also if you are in town and would like to take a tour, stop in and we will be happy to show you our facility. If your son or daughter has a special medical condition, we would like to meet them before problems arise; so please have them make an appointment to see one of our providers and let us get to know them.

Don't Hesitate to Contact Us

Do not hesitate to give us a call if you ever need to communicate with us for any reason.

Contact Information

Location: We are located directly behind Saranac Hall and Macomb Hall. View Center hours and availability.

Telephone

  • Student Health: (518) 564-2187
  • Psychological Services: (518) 564-3086
  • Emergency Services: Call 911 or University Police (518) 564-2022
  • Toll-free: (866) 858-4089

Fax:

  • Health (518) 564-2188
  • Psychological Services (518) 564-2376

Email: healthcenter@plattsburgh.edu

Mailing Address:

Center for Student Health & Psychological Services
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901