OSSM employs a Residence Hall Supervisor who is available in the Residence Hall Monday through Friday and weekends. The Health Services’ office is located within the primary residence hall and office hours are posted on the door. Staff performs first aid services, provide health care counseling, oversee the distribution of medication, and aid students in making unavoidable medical and dental appointments while at OSSM. Routine health care appointments should be scheduled during times when students are at home. Students and their families are responsible for all costs incurred by these appointments.
OSSM offers access for mental health and counseling needs. This service is offered upon request.
For the safety of the community and its individuals, students must immediately report any injury or illness to the Residence Hall Supervisor. If students become ill or injured when the Residence Hall Supervisor is not available, they should report to the residential staff. Students are expected to arrive on time at the Health Services office, “the fishbowl” or the designated location to pick up regularly scheduled medications.
If a student becomes sick while home on break, it is highly recommended that the student shall remain home until he/she is well. This not only speeds the student’s recovery, but also drastically minimizes exposure to the rest of the community. Such an absence would be an Excused Absence, as described in the Student Handbook, and students should contact either the Residence Hall Supervisor or Dean of Students as soon as possible.
Parents/legal guardians must sign permission forms allowing their children to receive treatment in the event of an illness or accident. Parents/legal guardians of students taken to the emergency room shall be notified by an OSSM staff member as soon as the situation allows. In most cases parents/legal guardians are called before students are brought to the emergency room.
Health and Dental Care
Students who feel ill or become injured should alert the residence life staff.
If students need medical attention while in residence, a member of the residence life staff takes them to an Oklahoma Health Center clinic or OU Children’s Emergency Room as appropriate. When possible, the residence life staff consults parents prior to taking students to the clinic or emergency room, and parents meet their students at the health care facility. Family health insurance is expected to cover the cost of treatment. Insurance co-payment is collected at the time service is rendered at the clinic or emergency room. Should the need arise for emergency dental work, Residence Life staff will contact parents to find a mutually agreeable course of action.
Residence life staff can assist with picking up called-in emergency prescriptions if necessary, but please consult with Residence Life staff before having prescriptions called into area pharmacies. The family is expected to cover the cost of medications not covered by insurance.
Parents should provide transportation for required medical appointments other than those outlined above. Students may not drive themselves to medical or other appointments.
OSSM purchases and keeps a supply of the following over-the-counter medicines and first aid supplies – Acetaminophen, Antacid, Antibiotic ointment, Bandages, gauze, cotton balls diphenhydramine, hydro-cortisone ointment, hydrogen peroxide, ibuprofen, thermometers, throat lozenges, decongestant, other multi-symptom medications and cough suppressant/expectorant
The residence life staff administers prescription and over the counter medications at the residence hall’s front office, “the fishbowl.”
A student who awakes in the morning and believes himself/herself to be ill should immediately dress and alert the faculty member or residence life staff on duty or the residence hall front office. In case of illness or possible contagion, the residence life staff may excuse students from school activities and require them to rest and recover in the Residence Hall. Students missing class and other activities because of illness are restricted to their rooms or other assigned locations (for example, an empty room) for the remainder of the day or until they return to class. In some cases, OSSM may ask parents to take sick students home in order to speed the recovery process and limit other students’ exposure.
Students may not share any medication with other students.