Health & Safety

Health Services Security
Confidentiality/HIPPA Emergency Telephones
Student Health Insurance Parking on Campus
Athletic Injury Classifications
Absence and Medical Leave Violations
Communicable Illness Personal and Property Safety Tips
Medical History and Immunization Requirements  

 


Health Services

Arnold Health Service is located on the ground floor of Magill Hall with the entrance on the north side of the building. Office hours are 8 am -12 pm and 1 pm - 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday. A Certified Nurse Practitioner is available to administer medical services in collaboration with the University Medical Director.

The Health Service offers students basic accident and health care with appropriate medical consultation and referral to the student primary health care provider or a local professional for advanced care. Emergency first aid is available for all university guests. There are no charges for services rendered in the Health Service though there may be a fee for vaccinations.

Immediate health care after hours is available at local hospitals and urgent care clinics. Please be aware of your personal insurance plan requirements if you choose to seek non-urgent care at a location other than Illinois Wesleyan University Health Service or your primary physician.

In case of emergency, Health Service staff may be reached by direct call through IWU Security. Students residing on campus may also contact the Resident Assistant or Hall Director on call. The City of Bloomington Fire & Rescue charges a minimum of $250 for transportation to a local hospital.

Intercollegiate athletes with athletic injuries should contact Health Service staff or the University Team Trainer for medical care, appropriate referral and assistance regarding the University Athletic Insurance plan.

Students employed by the University, who have work related illness or injury, are required to contact Health Service for immediate care, appropriate medical referral and assistance with insurance issues.


Confidentiality/HIPAA
The Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), is the first comprehensive federal protection guideline for the privacy of health information. The rule gives individuals greater access to their medical records and assurance of increased protection of their personal health information.

Medical records are maintained by Arnold Health Service and must remain in the Health Service. Medical information is not released by any member of the Health Service Staff, either to parents, legal guardians, faculty, university administration or any other entity without written consent, except in a life threatening situation. Consistent care is exercised to ensure that confidentiality is maintained. The Health Service student workers have limited access to confidential personal records and are taught in depth on matters of confidentiality.


Student Health Insurance
Basic Accident Insurance is provided by the university and covers all full time students for the nine month academic year. In addition, all full time students are automatically enrolled in a Hard Waiver Accident and Sickness Plan expanding the accident medical expense insurance to cover sickness as well as accidents for a full twelve months.

The University feels it is very important for the student to have insurance protection: therefore, PARTICIPATION IS REQUIRED UNLESS A WAIVER FORM IS FILED ON LINE PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE DATE. No exceptions will be made for waiver cards after the deadline. Any change to the student's health insurance coverage must be reported to the Business Office. As you evaluate your need for the student insurance plan, please be aware that some Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) provide very limited or no benefits for health care provided outside their immediate area of service.

Injuries and hospitalizations should be reported to the Health Service as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the insurance procedure. The insurance claim forms may be obtained in the Health Service or http://www.eiia.org/documents/studentprograms/2007-08/Common/07-08_Claim_Form.pdf


Athletic Injury/Student Employee Injury

Intercollegiate athletes with an athletic injury should contact Health Service staff or the University Team Trainer for appropriate medical referral and for assistance regarding the University insurance plan. Students employed by the University, who have a work related illness or injury, are encouraged to contact the Health Service for immediate care and assistance with insurance issues.


Absence and Medical Leave
When a student is ill or injured, treatment is available at Arnold Health Service Monday through Friday during our regular office hours. Health Service does not provide excuses for absences from classes or exams. Students are urged to contact their professors in regards to their absence. If a student is ill at home, hospitalized or expects to be absent for an extended period of time, please notify the Dean of Students Office.


Communicable Illness
Illinois Public Health regulations mandate that individuals with communicable diseases not reside in group living environments; therefore, students diagnosed with diseases such as, but not limited to, measles, mumps, and chicken pox, will be required to recuperate at their home off campus. If the student is unable to return to their home the University will designate an on campus location for the duration of the illness.  A physician letter of release or the consent of the Health Service must be obtained prior to return to campus or classes.


Medical History and Immunization Requirements
All incoming students are required by State of Illinois law to produce a copy of their immunization history to the university within six weeks of the first day of classes.  Failure to comply will cause the student's registration for second semester to be place on HOLD.  IWU also requires a completed Medical History form.  These forms can be found on the IWU website.  Enter 'Medical History Form' in the search box and you will find the three page form.  Please complete the Medical History and have a Health Care Provider sign in the designated area on page 3, following the immunization information. 

Please mail or fax the completed forms prior to August 1, 2013 to: 

Arnold Health Service
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL  61702-2900
Fax: (309) 556-3805


Security

The Department of Security aids in the enforcement of all rules and regulations of the University and works to develop a safe and secure campus. Security's primary goal is to assist in the opportunity to pursue education and knowledge without disruption. The Director of Security is also responsible for regulations regarding traffic and registration of motor vehicles. The Security office is located on 110 E. Graham Street.


Emergency Telephones
"Blue Light" emergency phones are located throughout the campus and surrounding areas. It is critical for personal safety that these phones be used appropriately; i.e., activated only in emergency situations. Several of these phones are constructed with an on-campus phone. These phones may be used to call a friend or roommate to provide you with an escort on-campus. The "Blue Light" feature, activated by striking the large activation button on the unit, serves primarily as a deterrent to crime. In the event that you feel or are threatened, activate the phone nearest to you and run to the nearest location of safety. If you leave the area of the activated phone, please contact Security by calling x1111 as soon as you are able to do so. Students may request campus escort 24 hours per day by dialing x1111.


Parking on Campus

Parking rules and regulations are in place to maintain order on campus and ensure the safety of all members of the University community. It should be noted, however, that at certain times parking on campus is limited and a permit does not guarantee availability of a parking space. Your cooperation and adherence to the rules is appreciated by all who work, learn, and live at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Registration
All faculty, staff, and student vehicles parked on University property must be registered with the Security Department and display a valid parking decal. Decals are to be permanently affixed to the lower right hand corner of the windshield. There is no fee to register a vehicle and obtain a decal.

Vehicles can be registered at the Security Office at 110 E. Graham St. The information needed to register a vehicle is your name, your local address or department, the make, model, year and color of the vehicle, the license plate number and state the license plate was issued. All vehicles parked on campus must be in operating condition with valid license plates. No vehicle can be stored on campus without permission from the Security Department.


Classifications
• Faculty/Staff - park in Faculty/Staff designated lots.
• Students - park in Student designated lots only.
•Visitors - park in 5 visitor spots in the parking lot to the east of The Hansen Center. These spots are reserved for visitors to the University.
•Handicapped-Parking in any of the designated handicapped spaces is reserved for those individuals with Handicapped License Plates or placards issued by a governmental entity. Temporary handicapped permits may be issued by the Security Department. Approval by the University Nurse is required to obtain one of these permits. This permit allows the holder to park in the nearest available, legal, university parking space but not handicapped spaces.
•Temporary Stickers for any of the above classifications can be obtained at the Security Office.


Violations
The Security Department issues tickets for all violations occurring on University property:
1. Failure to Register Vehicle or Display Decal. The fine for this violation is $20 per ticket. The fine for this violation will be waived if the vehicle is registered within 48 hours of first ticket.
2. Parking on campus walks, grass, or in drives.
3. Parking in a restricted area. (i.e. Faculty/Staff lot, visitors space, etc.).
4. Improper parking.
5. Overtime parking (15 minute limit in the lot by Holmes Hall).
6. No Parking zone.
7. Parking in a Fire Lane.

The fines for violations numbered 2-7 are $10. All appeals must be made to the Security Department within 48 hours of the issuance of a ticket. Vehicles parked in a Faculty/Staff parking lot that don't have a valid Faculty/Staff decal displayed are subject to being towed without prior notice. All fines are to be paid at the Business Office in Holmes Hall. A vehicle can also be towed for obstructing traffic, parking in a fire lane, being in an unsafe condition or being stored without permission. All charges and expenses from towing or impoundment are the responsibility of the vehicle owner. If your vehicle has been towed from a city street contact Bloomington Police Department. Vehicles towed from a University parking lot are towed by Brown's Wrecker Service, 302 N. Brown St., Bloomington, Ph. 828-3753.


Personal and Property Safety Tips
Ultimately, each individual is responsible for his or her safety and the safety of his or her property. Community members are urged to travel in well-lit areas. Community members are also urged to travel in twos, whenever possible. Always travel with your head up and shoulders back. Try to make eye contact with other passers-by as you travel. Studies show that persons who "walk like a victim" (head down, shoulders stooped) are more likely to be victims of attacks than individuals walking with, and demonstrating, a high level of confidence and self-esteem.

While the University is, overall, a safe community, incidents of crime do occur. Do not keep or store any items of value or importance in your car. Keep your backpack, purse, and any other personal items which you carry in your line of sight at all times. Report any suspicious looking people promptly to Security, your Residence Director and/or RA. Lock your bedroom door whenever it is unattended or you are asleep. Do not keep large sums of money in your room.