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Student Services and Financial Aid
 

Housing
   The University owns and operates residence halls, apartments and houses for students. A new 600-bed residence hall features private and double rooms, cable TV and Internet connections, a computer lab, exercise room, and volleyball and basketball courts. Because of the demand for housing, students should apply as early as possible. Applications and information are available at the Housing/University Center Office, E.H. Hereford University Center, 817-272-2791.
   Centennial Court is the newest on-campus apartment community. Call 817-436-4800 for information.
   The Housing Office also has information concerning off-campus housing.

Student Health Services
   Student Health Services is located at 605 S. West Street (Corner of 3rd and S. West streets), Box 19329, 817-272-2771.

   Student Health Services (SHS) is an on-campus, out-patient facility whose mission is to maintain the optimum physical and emotional health of UTA students and designated faculty/staff through the provision of quality, accessible, comprehensive and cost-effective primary health care.
   SHS is staffed and equipped to care for most routine health needs. Many services are free. A reasonable fee is assessed for services such as medications, x-rays, laboratory tests, etc. Financial support is partially funded by a Medical Services Fee.
   SHS and facilities are available to all enrolled students. A student who chooses not to enroll for a semester, but who plans to enroll the following semester, may receive treatment during the missed semester. Enrolled students who hold a position that requires student status as a condition of employment, and their dependents 12 years and older, who are covered by the U.T. System Insurance, may receive treatment, and the insurance company will be billed for services rendered. Faculty/staff may receive treatment at SHS for urgent care and other selected services on a fee for service basis, by appointment (272-2745).
   Staffing: The staff includes full-time physicians and registered nurses, pharmacists, laboratory and x-ray technologists, clinical psychologists, a substance abuse specialist, a student development specialist, and related personnel. SHS provides medical services during those times when the University is open. Services are not available during scheduled University holidays. During these periods, medical care received from another source will be the patient's financial responsibility.

Services Available
   General Medicine: Students with common medical problems are diagnosed and treated on a walk-in basis. Elective minor surgical procedures such as removal of cysts, moles, and warts, are available. Appointments are required for both the initial evaluation and the surgery.
   Administration of Allergy Antigen Injections: Patients must provide the antigen and have their physician provide SHS with details of their allergies and the proposed program of treatment.

   Women's Clinic: Diagnosis and treatment of most diseases of the female reproductive organs are provided. Consultations, routine Pap smears, diagnostic tests for the various sexually transmitted diseases, and breast examinations are done by appointment (272-2713). The various forms of contraception are discussed with students who seek advice of this nature.
   Mental Health Clinic: Mental health services are available to students and faculty/staff by appointment (272-2713), and no referral is necessary. Services available include psychological assessment and treatment. Referrals to health agencies or other professionals are made when indicated.
   Laboratory: The laboratory is equipped to do all routine determinations. For more sophisticated procedures, specimens are obtained and sent to a reference laboratory for testing. Outside physicians' requests will be honored. Laboratory test results must be given by the clinician.
   Pharmacy: The pharmacy dispenses medications at a reduced cost and provides medication counseling to all students and faculty/staff. The pharmacy is not only a provider for the student health insurance, but is also a PCS network pharmacy for faculty/staff. Prescriptions from any licensed physician may be dispensed.
   X-ray: All routine x-ray studies are done. After an initial reading by SHS physicians, the films are sent to a radiologist for final interpretation.
   Medical Records: Since medical records are protected under patient/physician confidentiality provisions, only the patient has access to their medical records. These records will not be released to anyone without written authorization by the patient or as provided by law.
   HIV/AIDS: HIV/AIDS education/testing are available for students and faculty/staff. Information is given on a one-to-one basis, or, upon request, to campus/related groups. HIV antibody testing is anonymous and requires pre- and post-test counseling. Clients are referred to appropriate off-campus facilities, if needed. The UTA brochure, "Policy and Guidelines on Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)" is available at SHS.
   Substance Abuse Prevention: A variety of services is available to students and faculty/staff. Programs to assist individuals in making appropriate decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs are available. The emphasis is on education, programming, support, intervention and short-term counseling. Referrals are made to Metroplex resources when a person is identified as being chemically dependent. The UTA brochure, "Information Regarding Illicit Drugs and Alcohol Abuse" is available at SHS.
   Peer Education: Students in the Peer Education Program assist other students, faculty/staff and members of the outside community in making healthier choices about alcohol and other drugs and their relationship to sexual and other health issues. Students may participate in this program on a volunteer basis, or enroll in a class for academic credit. Peer Educators develop presentations and résumé-building skills.
   Education: In the spirit of this educational community, it is hoped that students will also use SHS as a resource for information on health-related issues and preventive medicine.

 
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