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South Plains College    
 
    
 
  Sep 25, 2017
 
2017-2018 Student Guide & Residence Life Handbook

Health and Wellness


It is the mission of the Health and Wellness Center at South Plains College to encourage students to develop lifelong healthy lifestyle habits, beliefs, and behaviors. The college offers a variety of services to help students deal with illness, injury, or life circumstances. In addition to direct care, our professionals are engaged in a number of educational and outreach efforts throughout the academic year to promote health and wellness for our student population.

Counseling Services

The mental health professionals in the Health and Wellness Center strive to provide a safe and confidential environment to assist students with personal or relationship issues affecting their performance in life and school. Counseling is a therapeutic service offered over a period of time to help the client adapt to changes in life, difficult circumstances, and support the student’s academic success efforts.

South Plains College has trained and licensed mental health professionals available to students at the Levelland Campus and Reese Center locations from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday. Students are seen on an appointment basis, but are welcome to come in at any time during operating hours to schedule appointments.  Students may also call 806-716-2529 to schedule an appointment. A student in need of emergency assistance should go to the closest medical emergency center or call 911. Students in a non-emergency crisis can walk in at the Health & Wellness Center during office hours.  After hours they should contact StarCare Crisis line at 806-740-1414.

There is no additional charge for students participating in counseling services on campus. Professional counselors are also able to evaluate a student’s needs for outside referral or additional assistance and will provide those referrals as needed.

Health Services

Health Clinic

South Plains College offers all students taking at least six (6) semester hours on the Levelland Campus a medical treatment center with the services of a licensed physician and a registered nurse. Qualified students needing to see a doctor should go to the Health Services Office before 10:30 a.m. to complete records and make an appointment. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Physician’s hours are limited to one hour per day. Times are posted at the clinic. No summer hours are available.

Emergency Phone Calls and Messages

Only emergency messages can be transmitted to students who are in class. These must be handled through the Dean of Students, Dean of the Reese Center, or the Director of the Plainview Center.

Communicable Diseases

South Plains College recognizes that students or employees with communicable diseases, including AIDS, may wish to engage in as many of their normal pursuits as their condition and ability to perform their duties allows, including attending classes or work. As long as these students or employees are able to meet acceptable performance standards, and medical evidence indicates that their conditions are not a threat to themselves or others, the Administration of the College will be sensitive to their condition and ensure that these individuals are treated consistently and equally with other students and employees. Every precaution will be taken to ensure that a student’s or employee’s condition does not present a health and/or safety threat to others. The fact that a student or employee has a communicable disease does not relieve that individual of the requirement to comply with performance standards as long as he or she is enrolled in classes or remains employed by the College. All efforts will be made to protect the student’s or employee’s right to confidentiality.

Bacterial Meningitis

Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast - so take utmost caution. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacterium that causes meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. There is a treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities.

What Are The Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis?

High fever, severe headache, rash or purple patches on skin, vomiting, light sensitivity, stiff neck, confusion and sleepiness, nausea, lethargy or seizures. There may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots caused by bleeding under the skin. These can occur anywhere on the body. The more symptoms, the higher the risk, so when these symptoms appear seek immediate medical attention.

How Is Bacterial Meningitis Diagnosed?

Diagnosis is made by a medical provider and is usually based on a combination of clinical symptoms and laboratory results from spinal fluid and blood tests.

How Is Bacterial Meningitis Transmitted?

The disease is transmitted when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, or by sharing drinking containers, utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.) or come in contact with respiratory or throat secretions.

What Are The Possible Consequences of Contracting Bacterial Meningitis?

  • Death (in 8 to 24 hours from perfectly well to dead)
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Learning disability
  • Hearing loss, blindness
  • Limb damage (fingers, toes, arms, legs that requires amputation
  • Gangrene
  • Coma
  • Convulsions

Can The Bacterial Meningitis Be Treated?

  • Antibiotic treatment, if received early, can save lives and chances of recovery are increased. However, permanent disability or death can still occur.
  • Vaccinations are available and are required for college students under the age of 30 and for those living in college residential housing.
  • Vaccinations are effective against 4 of the 5 most common bacterial types that cause 70% of the disease in the U.S. (but does not protect against all types of meningitis).
  • Vaccinations take 7-10 days to become effective, with protection lasting 3-5 years.
  • The cost of vaccine varies so check with your health care provider.
  • Vaccination is very safe - most common side effects are redness and minor pain at injection site for up to two days.

Am I Required To Be Vaccinated for Bacterial Meningitis?

Pursuant to SB 1107 enacted by the State of Texas, all entering students under the age of 22, and all students living in residence halls, must provide proof that the meningitis vaccination was administered at least 10 days prior to the first day of the term. Proof must be received by the Admissions and Records Office before the student will be allowed to register for classes. Contact the Admissions and Records Office for additional information.

How Can I Find Out More Information?

Accidents Involving SPC Students

Any accident should be reported as soon as possible by the student. The student should complete the Student Accident Report Form (in the event the student is unable to complete the form, an SPC employee with firsthand knowledge about the situation will complete the form.) The completed form will be forwarded to the Dean of Students (Levelland Campus), Dean of the Reese Center (Reese/Lubbock Centers) or the Director of the Plainview Center. Employees learning of serious accidents involving students should notify the college’s Vice Presidents immediately. The Vice Presidents will inform the Office of Marketing and Recruitment and the President’s Office.

Accident Insurance

All students of South Plains College enrolled in at least three (3) semester hours for the fall or spring semester are required to participate in an accident insurance plan. Students enrolled in one (1) or more hours in the summer session are required to participate in an accident insurance plan. This plan provides 24-hour coverage on and off campus for medical expenses up to $5,000 resulting from an accidental injury. This policy also provides a $5,000 Accidental Death Benefit if death occurs as the result of an accident. There are named exclusions which may apply to any Accidental Injury or Death Claim.

Primary Excess Benefits

This is an accident policy, not a health or major medical insurance policy. The policy will pay the first $250 of covered accident medical expenses without regard to any other health care plan benefits payable to you. The plan will then pay expenses: 1) after you satisfy any deductible, and 2) only when they are in excess of any amounts payable by any other health care plan. There are named exclusions which may apply to any Accidental Injury or Death Claim.

Fees

Students will be charged $10 per semester or $5 per five-week summer term. There is a $10 charge for a 10-week summer term.For additional information regarding this Accidental Insurance Plan contact: Macha Insurance Agency, Inc., 813 8th St., Levelland, TX, (806) 894-6194.

Alcohol and Drugs

South Plains College Sanctions

All students and employees are expected and required to obey the law, to comply with South Plains College rules and with directives issued by an administrative official in the course of his or her authorized duties. Students and employees are expected to observe standards of conduct appropriate for an academic institution. When the standards of conduct regarding alcohol and drugs are violated, South Plains College will impose at a minimum, the following disciplinary action: (a) admonition and warning, (b) formal written warning (c) loss of privileges (d) formal disciplinary probation (e) suspension (f) dismissal. Specific information regarding more stringent sanctions is available in the South Plains College Policies and Procedures Manual, Student Conduct  and Faculty Handbook. College-imposed sanctions are additional to any legal actions taken by local, state or federal authorities.

Texas Legal Sanctions

Students and employees found in violation of any local, state or federal law regarding the use, possession or distribution of alcohol or other drugs (as defined by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Subtitle C. Substance Abuse Regulations and Crimes) will receive the full legal penalty in addition to any appropriate College disciplinary action. The most common legal violations and their consequences are as follows.

Alcohol: Minors convicted for possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) may be subject to fines up to $2,000, suspension of his/her driver’s license and confinement in jail, depending on the number of previous convictions. Convictions for making alcohol available to a minor may subject individuals to fines ranging up to $4,000, a jail term up to one year, and suspension of a driver’s license for 180 days. Fines and jail terms escalate with subsequent offenses.

Controlled Substances (Drugs): Sanctions upon conviction for possession, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances range from fines to probations to imprisonment. Amounts of fines, terms of probation or years of imprisonment are generally contingent upon the circumstances and amounts of drugs in possession, sale, distribution or manufacture. Penalties for drug possession are governed by the Texas Health and Safety Code, Subtitle C.

Services Available to the Campus Community

South Plains College will strive to provide students and College employees with a confidential source of help when dealing with drug or alcohol abuse or addiction problems. Information is available in the Health Services Office, the Dean of Student’s Office and the Advising and Testing Center on the Levelland Campus. On the Reese or Plainview Center Campuses, you may contact the Advising and Testing Center.

Early Warning Signs of an Alcohol Problem

You may have a problem with alcohol if you:

  • Lie to others or hide your drinking habits.
  • Have friends or family members who are worried about your drinking.
  • Need to drink in order to relax or feel better.
  • “Black out” or forget what you did while you were drinking.
  • Regularly drink more than you intended to.
  • Neglect your responsibilities.
  • Have problems in your relationships.
  • Drink in dangerous situations.
  • Are able to drink more than you used to.
  • Experience withdrawal (irritable, tired, depressed, nauseous or anxious when you haven’t had a drink)

Substance Abuse Assistance

If substance abuse is a concern for you or for someone you care about, the Health & Wellness  Center will assist you in seeking help.  We can be contacted at 806-716-2529. One or more of these resources may also provide you the help you are needing.

Managed Care Center 806-780-8300
Aspire Addiction Recovery Center 806-589-5911
The Ranch at Dove Tree 800-218-6727
Alcoholics Anonymous 806- 894-3767
Lubbock Regional-MHMR (Star Care Lubbock) 806-766-0310
Family Counseling Services 806-577-4136
Texas Tech Family Therapy Clinic  806-742-3074
Texas Tech Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities 806-742-2891
South Plains Group AA 806-894-8818
Central Plains Center (in Plainview) 806-291-4470