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Health and Wellness

Supporting the well-being of students

The following information is part of the Point Park University Student Planner/Handbook.

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Student Health Center

A primary concern of Point Park University is the health and psychological wellbeing of its students. To ensure students’ health needs are met, the University has contracted with a hospital-affiliated medical facility to provide comprehensive medical and psychological counseling services to Point Park University students.

At Point Park, all students may receive care through the Student Health Center, which is located in 203 Thayer Hall. The Student Health Center provides first aid intervention, illness and injury assessment, starter doses of over-the-counter medication, health screenings (i.e., blood pressure checks, height and weight measurements), community health referrals, and physician appointments. In addition, the Student Health Center provides health education resource materials and is responsible for the updating and maintenance of student health and immunization records.

Through the Student Health Center, students are eligible for physician office visits at no charge. Costs for additional services, such as x-rays and laboratory testing, are the responsibility of the student.

All students must have a completed Student Health Record, including complete immunization documentation, on file in the Student Health Center. Failure to submit proper immunization documentation may result in the student’s inability to register for classes and live in on-campus housing.

The staff of the Student Health Center is bound by the medical ethics of confidentiality. Information provided will not be released to a third party, including parents, without the student’s written authorization, unless legally required or
permitted.

Student Health Center hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For
more information, contact the Student Health Center at 412-392-3800, or visit the center's webpage.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Short-term confidential psychological counseling services are available to students free of charge in the Student Counseling Office, located in 713 Student Center. The counselor will assist students with a number of personal and school-related problems such as stress, difficulty making adjustments, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personal relationship concerns, relationship violence, drug and alcohol problems, and resolving conflicts with others. If additional counseling is needed, referral to outside resources will be made and the counselor will take into consideration a student’s health insurance coverage. Cost of external treatment is the responsibility of the student. For more information or to make an appointment, call 412-392-3959 during office hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or visit the website at at www.pointpark.edu/StudentLife/HealthandStudentServices/MentalHealthCounseling, or to make an appointment call 412-392-3959 during office hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For psychological emergencies, a 24-hour toll-free answering service is available at 1-800-647-3327.

Health Insurance

Students are strongly urged to maintain health insurance coverage. Residential, international, dance and theater students, and student athletes, must carry the University’s student health insurance unless they have existing health insurance; a Student Health Insurance Plan Declination/Waiver of Coverage form must be completed and submitted to the Office of Student Affairs in this case, or the student will be enrolled in the University’s student health plan.

Health plan premiums are billed directly to the student by the insurer and premium payments are made directly to the insurer. For more information, forms, or the brochure, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 412-392-3840 or studentaffairs@pointpark.edu, or the Student Health Center at 412-392-3800, or visit the website at www.pointpark.edu/StudentLife/HealthandStudentServices.

To provide optimal care to student athletes and performing artists, the University has purchased an athletic and performing arts accident insurance policy. This policy provides secondary insurance coverage for accidents incurred while participating in official University-sponsored athletic or performing arts events. Insurance coverage will not be provided for pre-existing conditions or non-athletic/ performing arts-related injuries. Information on this coverage is available in the Athletic Training Office located on the first floor of the Student Center..

Medical and Psychological Hospitalization

Students, on occasion, are hospitalized for medical and psychological reasons. When this occurs, students must provide information to the Student Health and Counseling staff such as the hospital discharge summary or physician recommendations. This enables the Student Health and Counseling staff to provide students with physical, medical, and/or psychological support and follow-up services as needed.

Mental Health Emergency Policy and Protocol

Point Park University is committed to the following with respect to our campus community:

When the University becomes aware of comments or behavior that may constitute a mental health crisis (either on or off campus), the University will respond by:

  • Intervening immediately and appropriately when staff becomes aware of behavior that suggests or confirms emotional or mental health distress. This behavior could be the result or indication of severe depression, psychosis, eating disorders, failure to appropriately use prescription medication, attempted suicide or suicide ideation, or suicidal behavior.
  • Intervention will always be initiated as a result of direct or reported behavior of the community member.
  • We will, in all cases, respond to protect the individual whose behavior has given rise to this concern, but we will also act to protect the University community as well, especially when the behavior has occurred in our residence halls, or, as is sometimes the case, in the classroom.

The University will utilize mental health professionals in making a decision for the appropriate action steps. Students that present a potential risk to themselves or others may be removed from campus for a period of time pending clearance from a mental health professional and the University mental health counselor.   To report a possible mental health issue, contact the Department of Public Safety at 2222 from any on-campus phone only, 412-392-3960 from any phone, or your Community Facilitator/Mentor immediately.

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual assault is a felony pursuant to Title 18, Crimes and Offenses, of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Pertinent provisions include, but are not limited to, 18 Pa C.S.A. § 3101, 3104, 3105, 3106, 3107, 3121, 3123. The Point Park University Sexual Misconduct Policy has been formulated to provide members of the University community with information on procedures to be followed when dealing with the issue of sexual assault in the campus environment. The policy encompasses three distinct but related areas:

  1. Education programs aimed at the prevention of sexual assault and the proactive measures members of the University community can take,
  2. The procedures to be followed when a sexual assault occurs, including the services available to the victim and the notification of appropriate personnel, and
  3. The on-campus disciplinary actions and coordination between campus and local law enforcement personnel.
Reporting an Act of Sexual Misconduct
  • Public Safety—3rd floor of Frontier Hall. 412-392-2222 from any on-campus phone only, or 412-392-3960 from any phone, or approach a Public Safety Officer on campus or ask a building front desk attendant to speak with a Public Safety Officer.
  • Campus Life—located on the 1st floor of Pioneer Hall. Students can also speak with their Community Facilitators or Community Mentors; 412-392-8026
  • Student Affairs—7th floor of the Student Center, 412-392-3840
  • Office of Judicial Affairs—711 Student Center, 412-392-8029
  • Student Counseling Center—713 Student Center, 412-392-3959
  • Student Health Center—203 Thayer Hall, 412-392-3800
  • Pittsburgh Police—911
Medical Assistance & Other Resources
  • Magee Women’s Hospital (male victims accepted as well) 412-641-1000
    • 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)
  • Center for Victims of Violent Crime, 412-392-8582
  • Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, 1-800-END-RAPE
Statement of Rights for an Alleged Sexual Assault Victim
  • The right to an investigation into all credible complaints of sexual misconduct by University administrators;
  • The right to be treated with respect by University officials;
  • The right to be informed of and have access to campus resources for medical and counseling needs;
  • The right to be notified of available outside community services for victims of sexual misconduct;
  • The right to have a support person present during a University judicial proceeding;
  • The right to be supported by University officials in reporting an assault to both on and off campus authorities;
  • The right to be informed of the outcome and sanction of any disciplinary action involving sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual assault;
  • The right to be informed by University officials of options to notify proper law enforcement authorities and the option to be assisted by campus authorities in the notification if the alleged victim so chooses. This also includes the right not to report, if that is the alleged victim’s desire;
  • The right to be notified of options and available assistance in changing academic and/or living situations after an alleged sexual assault has occurred;
  • The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence in a University judicial proceeding;
  • The right not to have any complaint of sexual assault mediated;
  • The right to make a victim impact statement at a University judicial proceeding;
  • The right to call witnesses during a University judicial proceeding;
  • The right to be informed of all witness names who will provide information at the University judicial proceeding;
  • The right to give testimony at a University judicial proceeding in a safe environment.
  • Accommodations will be made for alleged victims not comfortable
    with being in the same room as the charged student;
  • The right to have the same appeal opportunity as the charged student;
  • The right to a no contact order;
  • All University records are kept confidential and may not be transferred to a
    third party, with the exception that University personnel may have access
    to records and information as necessary to perform their assigned responsibilities.
    Point Park University will abide by all federal, state, and local laws
    with regards to student confidentiality and reporting;
  • The right to privacy.
Statement of Rights for the Accused Student
  • The right to an investigation into all credible complaints of sexual misconduct by University administrators;
  • The right to be treated with respect by University officials;
  • The right to be informed of and have access to campus resources for medical and counseling needs;
  • The right to be notified of available outside community services;
  • The right to be notified of options and available assistance in changing academic and/or living situations after an alleged sexual assault has occurred;
  • The right to be fully informed of the nature, rules, and procedures of the campus judicial process and to timely written notice of all University judicial charges;
  • The right to reasonable access to the file including any alleged victim statements that will be presented during the University judicial proceeding;
  • The right to a University judicial proceeding, including timely notice of the proceeding date with a three-day notice minimum;
  • The right not to have irrelevant prior sexual history admitted as evidence into a University judicial proceeding;
  • The right to make a statement during the University judicial proceeding
  • The right to call witnesses during a University judicial proceeding;
  • The right to be informed of all witness names who will provide information at the University judicial proceeding;
  • Accommodations will be made for the accused student who is not comfortable with being in the same room as the alleged victim;
  • The right to appeal the finding of a University judicial proceeding within the University’s appeal guidelines;
  • The right to have a support person present during the University judicial proceeding;
  • The right to written notice of the outcome and sanction of the hearing;
  • The right to a no contact order;
  • All University records are kept confidential and may not be transferred to a third party, with the exception that University personnel may have access to records and information as necessary to perform their assigned responsibilities. Point Park University will abide by all federal, state, and local laws with regards to student confidentiality and reporting;
  • The right to privacy.
Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual Misconduct encompasses the following offenses—non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and sexual exploitation. The following acts are prohibited:

  • Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is any sexual touching, however slight, with any object by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman without effective consent.
  • Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is any sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman, without effective consent.
  • Sexual Exploitation occurs when a student takes non-consensual, unjust, or abusive sexual advantage of another, for his or her own benefit or advantage, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute non-consensual sexual contact, intercourse, or fall under the University’s sexual harassment policy.
    • Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to, prostitution, videotaping, going beyond the boundaries of consent, peeping tommery, transmission of HIV or STD, inducing incapacitation for the purpose of having sex with the incapacitated person.
Definition of Terms
  • Intercourse—includes vaginal or anal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger or object and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact).
  • Sexual Touching—includes any sexual contact with the breast, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other bodily orifice of another, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts. This also includes any bodily contact in a sexual manner that may not involve the above listed body parts.
  • Effective Consent—informed, freely and actively given, mutually understandable words or actions, which indicate a willingness to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
Information on Effective Consent
  • It is the responsibility of the initiator, or the person who wants to engage in a specific sexual activity, to make sure that he or she has consent from his or her partner(s).
  • Consent cannot be given by one who is physically incapacitated, intoxicated, or under the influence of a substance.
  • Consent to some form of sexual activity does not necessarily imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
    • Mutually understandable consent must be obtained by the initiator at every stage of sexual interaction.
    • Consent obtained through the use of fraud, force (actual or implied), or manipulation, whether the force be physical, threats, intimidation, or coercion is ineffective consent.
  • Consent can never be given by:
    • A minor to an adult—per Pennsylvania law age stipulation.
    • Persons with a mental disability
    • Physically incapacitated persons
      • As a result of alcohol or other drugs (voluntary or involuntarily consumed), or one who is unaware, or otherwise physically helpless.
      • Any indication of consent is irrelevant if the initiator should have reasonably known about the incapacitation.
      • Not all levels of intoxication automatically deem a person incapacitated.
Additional Policy Clarifications
  • A person who is the object of sexual aggression is not required to physically or otherwise resist a sexual aggressor
  • Silence, previous sexual relationships, and/or current relationship with the initiator (or anyone else) may not in themselves, be taken to imply consent. Consent cannot be implied or inferred.
  • Intentional use of alcohol/drugs by the initiator is not an excuse for violating the sexual misconduct policy
  • Aiding in another’s act of sexual misconduct is prohibited in this policy
  • Consent to sexual activity may be withdrawn at any time, as long as the withdrawal is communicated clearly, and all sexual activity must cease.
  • An “intent” is not required for non-consensual intercourse.
  • In the absence of the use of any type of force, a capable person’s unreasonable failure to communicate his/her expectations to his/her partner may be grounds for departure from the standard sanction recommendations for this policy, but it is not, alone, grounds for finding not in violation of this policy.
  • Consent only lasts for a reasonable amount of time. Consent once does not imply future consent.

Possible Sanctions

  • Any student found responsible for a violation of the Non-Consensual Contact policy will face a sanction ranging from censure to expulsion depending on the severity of the incident and previous disciplinary history.
  • Any student found responsible for a violation of the Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse policy will face a sanction of suspension or expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and previous disciplinary history.
  • Any student found responsible for a violation of the sexual exploitation policy will face a sanction ranging from censure to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and previous disciplinary history.

As the University takes sexual misconduct seriously, the recommended standard sanction would include a removal from the University such as suspension or expulsion. The University reserves the right to broaden or lessen any sanction in the case of serious mitigating circumstances. The University will not deviate from the recommended sanction without compelling justification to do so.

Additionally, students who allegedly commit acts of sexual misconduct may also be prosecuted under the laws of Title 18, Crimes and Offenses, of the Pennsylvania Consolidation Statutes..

Substance Abuse

Assistance in Recognizing and Dealing with the Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs 

Point Park University is concerned about, and has an interest in, the well-being of its students and encourages any student facing a drug or alcohol problem to seek confidential help. Counseling and referrals for treatment are available for members of the Point Park student community. Further information on the services offered is available in the University’s Student Health Center in 203 Thayer Hall and the Student Counseling office in 713 Student Center. For more information visit www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/OtherAlcoholInformation/FAQsonAlcoholAbuseandAlcoholism.pdf.