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    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
   
 
  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
School of Allied Health Professions Student Handbook 2016-2017

Student Affairs & Services



Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs revolves around two major objectives: services and activities:

  1. To aid each department in recruiting qualified students committed to professional education.
  2. To process and maintain all documents and official records of each student, during and following their enrollment.
  3. To assist students in the successful completion of their applications, admissions, registrations, graduation requirements, and procedures.
  4. To provide orientation and ongoing assistance regarding procurement of financial aid, medical, and counseling services.
  5. To assist students in being well-informed as to their rights and our regulations.
  6. To assist in maintaining a Student Government Association which embodies equal representation from each and every program.
  7. To aid students in the planning and implementation of activities which provide educational and/or social interaction.
  8. To serve as a liaison among our administration, faculty, staff, and the student body.
  9. To develop community awareness and appreciation of the Allied Health Professions.

The Office of Student Affairs is comprised of the Office of Admissions and Records and Office of Student Life and Alumni Affairs. The Directors of these respective offices serve the School of Allied Health Professions as the primary contacts for prospective, admitted and current Allied Health students and alumni. 

Student Services

Admissions:

The Office of Admissions and Recrods maintains a file for each student and compiles all official records and documents. Students are required to complete the admissions process by sending all application and pre-matriculation materials to the Office of Admissions and Records. All student records are confidential.

Bookstore:

The LSUHSC Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Medical School, is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The bookstore sells textbooks, computer software, and materials required as necessary tools for your education. Also available is a selection of cards and items bearing the LSU logo. The bookstore also handles orders for Graduation cap and gown rental, which should be arranged two full months prior to Graduation. 

Cafeteria:

The LSUHSC Cafeteria is located on the ground floor of the Hospital. The spacious dining facility provides hot meals and cold items at reasonable prices. Cafeteria hours are 6:15 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 6:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Catering for school sponsored events is available by special arrangement through the Office of Student Affairs. The schedule for cafeteria service is as follows:

Monday-Friday

Breakfast: (hot line) 6:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: (hot line) 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (salad bar & sandwiches) 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: (hot line) 4:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Items available open to close are coffee, soft drinks, milk shakes, frozen yogurt, fruit, and snacks. Cold service vending machines are located just down the hallway from the cafeteria and are available on a 24-hour basis.

The Atrium Deli

Located on the ground floor of the Medical School. This small eatery offers a wide selection of menu items for breakfast and lunch. Vending machines are also located in this area. Hour of operation are 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Catalogs:

All students are held responsible for the rules and regulations of LSUHSC and the School of Allied Health Professions as stated in the current School catalog. Catalogs are available online at catalog.lsuhscshreveport.edu

The catalog also lists the current academic calendar, as well as Departmental requirements, course descriptions, and curricula.

Course changes:

Course changes (drops and/or adds) are implemented by the Registrar’s Office. Time restrictions for these transactions are listed by semester on the yearly academic calendar in the LSUHSC catalog. The Registrar’s Office is located in room 1-212 in the Medical School or they can be reached at (318) 675-5205 or shvreg@lsuhsc.edu

Cashier:

The Cashier’s Office in Accounting Services offers check cashing services to students and employees of the Health Sciences Center. It is located on the first floor of the Medical School (with the banker’s window) and operates between the hours of 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Monday - Friday. Only first party personal checks are cashed - up to $25.00 per day. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by an administrator in Accounting. Employee or student identification is required. There is a $10.00 service charge on returned checks. You are allowed a limit of three (3) returned checks before check cashing privileges are suspended for an indefinite period. The reinstatement of this privilege is determined on an individual basis at the discretion of the Director of Accounting Services.

Mailroom:

The LSUHSC post office is located on the ground floor of the Medical School. The mailroom window is open during the hours of 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Stamps are available at the window and at a vending machine adjacent to the mailroom window. The vending machine is available 24 hours a day.

Notary public services:

Notary services are provided free of charge to all LSUHSC students and faculty and staff. If you need a document notarized please contact the Registrar at (318) 675-5205 prior to visiting the office in room 1-212 in the Medical School.

University Police:

318-675-6160 or 318-675-6165

All University Police officers and investigators are sworn, commissioned officers and, as such, have full police authority in the State of Louisiana. University police provide the following:

Security Escort

A University Police officer will escort you to and from your vehicle upon request by calling 318-675-6160 or 318-675-6165. If you are arriving at the Health Sciences Center to study at night, call ahead and an officer will meet you at your assigned parking area to escort you into the Medical Center building. If you feel any uneasiness about walking to your car at night, don’t hesitate to ask for an escort.

Vehicle Assistance

A University Police officer will assist you in jumpstarting your vehicle, upon request.

Lost and Found

The Department of Public Safety also serves as the Lost and Found Department. Turn in any items you find ASAP.

Illegal drugs

LSUHSC-Shreveport does not condone possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs by anyone in any LSUHSC-S facility. Any person known to be possessing, using, or distributing such illegal drugs are subject to disciplinary action and possible arrest, imprisonment or fine according to Louisiana State Law.

Alcoholic Beverages

LSUHSC-Shreveport seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that both respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety, and welfare of all members of its community. In keeping with these objectives, LSUHSC-S has established a policy governing the possession, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on LSUHC-S property which conforms to Louisiana State Law.

Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on property owned or controlled by LSUHSC-S is prohibited. Under age possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on property owned or controlled by LSUHSC-S is prohibited. Intentionally or knowingly selling or intentionally or knowingly “furnishing” alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 or to persons obviously inebriated is not permitted on property owned or controlled by LSUHSC-S.

Weapons Possession

In compliance with Louisiana State Law, the introduction of contraband on the grounds or in the facilities owned or controlled by LSUHSC-S is prohibited. Weapons include firearms, explosives, knives, and straight razors.

Crime Hotline

You may reach the University Police emergency CRIME HOTLINE by dialing the five digit extension 53873 (3-UPD). This line is for emergencies and to report suspicious persons or activities. 53-UPD can be reached from any telephone within the main LSUHSC-S complex.

Equipment:

Equipment for student use is available in the following locations:

Computer terminals

There are computers available for student use in the Library Computer Labs located on the first floor of the Library. Computers are also available on the 1st floor of the Allied health building in the Student Computer Lab. The Allied Health building does have wireless access.

Microwave ovens

Microwaves are available for student use in the following locations: (SAHP) 1st floor student lounges and (LSUHSC) The Atrium Deli.

Vending machines

Soft drink and food service machines are available in the following locations: (SAHP) Ground floor and 1st floor; (LSUHSC) The Atrium Deli; (HOSPITAL) Ground floor - down the hall from the Cafeteria.

LSUHSC E-mail Accounts:

Each allied health student upon matriculation will receive an LSUHSC e-mail account. It is imperative that you check your e-mail account daily for communication from LSUHSC departments. Computer Services has a great webpage that will answer a lot of questions as well as provide you with setting up your mobile device to receive your e-mail. Please visit http://myhsc.lsuhscshreveport.edu/itg/informationtechnology.aspx for their information.

CM-14 Usage of Electronic Mail (revised)

The use of electronic mail shall be consistent with the instructional research, public service, patient care and administrative goals and mission of the Health Sciences Center. Incidental and occasional personal use of electronic mail may occur when such use does not generate a direct cost to the Health Sciences Center. A tutorial regarding email usage appears online at http://training.lsuhscshreveport.edu/email

The following examples are prohibited uses of E-Mail:

  1. Personal use that creates a direct cost to the Health Sciences Center.
  2. Personal use for monetary gain or for commercial purposes not directly related to Health Sciences Center business.
  3. Sending copies of documents or including the work of others in E-mail communications that are in violation of copyright law.
  4. Obtaining or attempting to access the files or electronic mail of others. Capturing or attempting to open the electronic mail of others except as required to diagnose and correct delivery problems.
  5. Harassing, intimidating or threatening others through electronic messages.
  6. Constructing a false communication that appears to be from someone else. This is called Aspoofing.
  7. Sending or forwarding unsolicited E-mail to lists of people you do not know. This is called Aspamming. Bulk mailing is almost always considered Aspam.@ It places considerable strain on the E-mail system. Bulk mailing of information can be selectively used for business elated communications but must be approved at a level appropriate to the scope and content of the information. Authorized bulk mailings will be tagged with the statement, “This message has be authorized by LSU Health Sciences Center administration for mass distribution as a service to our faculty, staff and students.”
  8. Sending or forwarding chain letters.

In regards to E-mail auto signatures and footers:

  1. The LSUHSCSC email system allows employees and students to customize footers and auto-signatures for outgoing messages. Users may modify the settings to add their name and contact info to outgoing messages - which is the intended purpose and entirely appropriate.
  2. It is inappropriate for faculty and staff to add personalized comments such as animations, cartoons, humorous statements, religious or sports references, Biblical verses, political statements, and other quotations - etc. to the footer / auto-signature i

Violation of the above policy in any part may be sufficient grounds for disciplinary action and/or termination.

Last revised May 2012

Student Health Insurance

LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport has a registration requirement that all currently enrolled students must either enroll in the policy endorsed by the school or complete a waiver and provide proof of acceptable insurance coverage by the waiver deadline.  For newly accepted students, you will receive email notification from the Registrar’s office regarding procedures for complying with this requirement. Please visit this website for more detailed information:  www.gallagherstudent.com/LSU-HSCShreveport.

Since the current student health insurance plan is compliant with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), students should have comparable coverage to the plan that is offered by the University (e.g., aggregate maximum benefit per covered person per policy year should be unlimited).  Thus, all waivers submitted must meet the PPACA guidelines in order to be acceptable.  Coverage must be maintained throughout the duration of enrollment.  Non-compliance at any time during a student’s enrollment may result in suspension and/or dismissal.

For the months August 14, 2016 - August 13, 2017, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. coordinates the Student Health Insurance plan offered through United Healthcare.   Newly, entering students are eligible to enroll in the policy by the deadline based on the term of entry.  Students who are currently enrolled in a health insurance plan of comparable coverage can elect to waive the school sponsored insurance plan by the waiver deadline.  If a waiver is not completed by the deadline, the student will be defaulted to the school sponsored Student Health insurance plan and will be charged the premium for the respective enrollment term.  Premiums are outlined in the benefit summary.

In the event that a student waives the Student Health Insurance plan and then loses their current coverage due to a qualifying event (i.e. parent loss of coverage or the maximum age limit available is attained), students have the right to petition to add coverage within 31 days of the qualifying event.  If the petition is receive within 31 days of the qualifying event, there will be no break in coverage.  For petitions received after the 31 days, the effective date of coverage will be the date that the petition is received at Gallagher Student Health.  If approved, the premium will not be prorated. 

 For students entering in the Fall 2017 semester, please note that a new policy will go into effect August 14, 2017, so you will have to follow guidelines and premiums in a newly, approved insurance policy.  More information regarding this will be made available at a later date. 

Student Health Program

The Student Health Program provides limited primary care and counseling services to all LSUHSC students.  For anything beyond the listed services, students should check with their individual insurance company and make an appointment with an approved provider.
 

Student/Employee Health Clinic

Location:  3rd floor of Building A (Comprehensive Care Bldg)

Extension:  675-6281

Hours: 7:00 am - 4:30 pm M-F

Immunizations:  Student/Employee health will handle student immunization records, updating of student immunizations, post-exposure chemoprophylaxis (needle-stick), TB testing, on the job injuries etc.  The Student Health Clinic will also provide flu immunizations for students, free of charge, at the appropriate time of year.

Walk-in Clinic:  For other complaints such as, flu/fever/cough & cold/ earaches, sinus infections, nausea, vomiting/ minor injuries Student Health provides a walk-in clinic (similar to a Quick Care setting).  Once the general assessment of the compliant has been obtained, the Internal Chief Resident will be paged for diagnosis and treatment. If further treatment or testing is recommended, students will be referred to the appropriate UH clinic. Please note the student’s personal insurance policy will be charged for any UH clinic visit.

Student Mental Health Services

Mental Health Counseling is provided to all students, free of charge.  A strict confidentiality policy is upheld by all parties. 

Dr. Mark Cogburn
Location:  1023 Provenance Place, Shreveport, LA
Office: 318-676-5002
Cell phone: 903-407-2000