Q: Do I have to call to make an appointment or can I walk in and be seen at the UNI Student Health Clinic?
A: We recommend you call 319-273-2009 to make an appointment. The UNI Student Health Clinic reserves 70% of its appointments for same-day urgent illness and injury.
Q: Does the UNI Student Health Clinic require students to have health insurance to access services?
A: No. All currently enrolled students are eligible to be seen at the UNI Student Health Clinic.
Q: Is there a charge to be seen at the UNI Student Health Clinic?
A: In general, there is no charge for most services provided at Student Health Clinic by staff physicians, physician assistants, psychiatrist and nurses. Students who are taking five credits or more will be assessed the Mandatory Health Fee. The MHF provides individualized visits with our health care providers at no additional fee.
We do assess fees for the following: annual physical exams, medications, procedures, immunizations, supplies, and some laboratory tests provided at the Student Health Clinic or sent out to our reference laboratory. We will file a health insurance claim on your behalf if you provide copies of your health insurance coverage.
Q: Do you have "real" doctors, physician assistants?
A: Yes, the Student Health Clinic has licensed and board certified physicians, and physician assistants.
Q: Can I be tested for Sexually Transmitted Disease and Infections?
A: Yes, we offer testing for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases and infections, including free chlamydia and gonorrhea screening.
Q: Does the UNI Student Health Clinic provide medical/work excuses to students?
A: 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.