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Imperial Valley Campus students should see an adviser prior to registration each semester. Completing requirements for your degree in a timely manner requires planning. Academic advisers can help you develop your academic plan. Academic advisers may be consulted at any time on specific questions concerning programs of study, general degree requirements, or students’ evaluations. The following chart lists the advisers for each major.
Barbara Romero (760) 768-5509
Criminal Justice, English, Linguistics, Student Disability Services
Norma Aguilar (760) 768-5637
History, Liberal Studies, Social Science
Americo Yacopi (760) 768-5503
Aracely Bojorquez (760) 768-5506
Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Public Administration
Miguel Rahiotis (760) 768-5502
Helina Hoyt (760) 768-5680
MA in Education
Dr. Gregorio Ponce (760) 768-5512
Master of Public Administration
Master of Social Work
Ernie Zuniga, MSW (760) 768-5526
Becoming a student at SDSU-IV Campus also means becoming a member of a special community that includes students, faculty, staff, and administrators. As a member of this community, students are responsible for knowing and complying with established rules and regulations.
The ombudsmen are independent and impartial agents who help individuals and groups seeking the resolution and correction of complaints. The ombudsmen act as liaisons between students and the university, assisting students through formal grievance procedures and functioning to mediate and reinforce other means of redress when possible. This office does not supplant existing avenues of redress. It exists to encourage appropriate and timely access to those existing processes that may best resolve the problem.
Examples of student complaints that have been resolved through this process include disputes over grades, faculty or staff conduct, academic disputes, appeals or waivers, administrative policies, and institutional compliance with federal and state nondiscrimination laws. Should a complaint not be resolved at the referral level, the ombudsmen may act as mediators and suggest compromise solutions between parties. If the problem is still unresolved, the student may file a grievance with the student grievance committee. No student grievance can be filed with this committee later than the last day of the semester (excluding summer term) after the semester during which the student was allegedly aggrieved.
The Office of the Ombudsman is located on the San Diego campus in Student Services East, Room 1105; telephone: 619-594-6578; http://studentaffairs.sdsu.edu/. The assistant dean for student affairs represents the ombudsman’s office on the SDSU-IV Campus; telephone 760-768-5502.
All regularly enrolled SDSU students have prepaid a health fee as part of their tuition and fees that entitles them to basic medical services. Services for students at the IV Campus include CPR classes, basic medical and dental services, vision examinations, immunizations, individual counseling/psychological sessions and group seminars/ workshops. The office for Student Health Services at IV Campus is located in the Administration Building, Room 104D. Students from the SDSU-IV Campus may also seek services at SDSU–west campus. Some services, including annual Pap smears and pharmacy, require a minimal fee. Charges associated with these services are dramatically lower than those found elsewhere. We accept California’s Family PACT program designed to cover the costs of services to prevent unplanned pregnancies and protect the reproductive health of those who qualify. This care is provided at Student Health Services, located in Calpulli Center, where health care providers offer a wide range of programs and services.
Medical care is provided by board certified physicians, certified primary care nurse practitioners, licensed nurses, and other qualified personnel. Additional services offered at Student Health Services include a medical laboratory, an x-ray department, eye care, dental services, and physical therapy. The pharmacy dispenses prescriptions and over-the-counter items at cost; physical therapy; health-related counseling and campuswide health programming are offered by the Health Promotion Department. Low-cost consultations are available for osteopathic manipulative treatment, travel medicine, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Students are responsible for the cost of their healthcare whether received at Student Health Services or at an outside facility. Students are encouraged to purchase medical insurance coverage. For more information, call 760-768-5670 or visit the office located in the Administration Building.
REQUIRED: Proof of Immunity Against Measles and Rubella
All new or readmitted students born on or after January 1, 1957 must provide proof of immunity against measles and rubella (German measles) during their first semester at SDSU. The minimum requirement is proof of at least one immunization for measles and rubella given after the first birthday and after 1968. (All students are strongly encouraged to consider a second measles immunization.) Students whose enrollment services records indicate graduation from a California public high school may be exempt from this requirement. Students may fulfill the immunization requirement by bringing or sending medical documentation as proof of immunization to Student Health Services. Positive laboratory evidence of measles and rubella immunity is also a way to prove immunization status. Students may also receive immunization at cost at Student Health Services. For more information, call 760-768-5670.
Important: Students who have not complied with this mandate prior to the registration deadline will not be able to register for classes their second semester.
All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term must provide proof of immunity against hepatitis B during their first semester at SDSU. Hepatitis B vaccination consists of three timed doses of vaccine over a minimum four to six month period. (All students are encouraged to consider immunization against Hepatitis B.) Students whose enrollment services records indicate graduation from a California public high school may be exempt from this requirement. Students may fulfill the immunization requirement by bringing or sending medical documentation of immunization or positive laboratory evidence of Hepatitis B immunity to Student Health Services. Students may also receive low cost immunization at Student Health Services. For more information, call 760-768-5670.
Important: Students who do not comply with this California Health and Safety Code during their first semester at SDSU will not be allowed to register for classes a second semester until they provide proof of immunity or begin the immunization series. Students who have not completed the immunization series by the end of their third semester will no longer be able to attend SDSU. Students must provide proof of completion of the vaccine series to Student Health Services.
In addition to demonstrating immunity to measles and rubella at Student Health Services, some students may be further required to present documentation to other campus officials. Students subject to this additional screening include students enrolled in dietetics, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy, student teaching, or fieldwork involving preschool-age children and/or school-age children or taking place in a hospital or health care setting.
Immunization documentation can be mailed or brought to SDSU, Imperial Valley Campus, Admissions Office, 720 Heber Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231 OR faxed to 619-594- 6465 (include name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and SDSU RedID number) or uploaded to our secure web portal at https://healtheconnect.sdsu.edu/.
In addition to demonstrating immunity to measles and rubella at Student Health Services, some students may be further required to present documentation to other campus officials. Students subject to this additional screening include students enrolled in dietetics, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy and any practicum, student teaching, or fieldwork involving preschool-age children and/or school-age children or taking place in a hospital or health care setting.
Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent one from contracting the disease and whether or not he or she has chosen to receive the vaccination. Although immunization against this infection is not a requirement, all entering freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls, are urged to consider vaccination.
The current vaccine is fairly effective against the majority of the strains of this bacterium, but unfortunately its immunity effect declines over a few years. A second “booster” dose is recommended at between the ages of 16 to 18 for those students who received their first vaccination at age 15 or younger. Luckily, the risk of becoming infected with meningococcus also declines with age. Consequently, there is less of a reason to immunize older students, although they may do so if they desire. The meningococcal vaccine is available at Student Health Services at a reduced cost.
Strongly Recommended Health Screening
Immunization from the following diseases may also protect students against potentially severe infections: influenza (flu), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, mumps, chicken pox (varicella), human papilloma virus (HPV), and Hepatitis A. Like measles, these too can be particularly harmful in college-aged persons. These immunizations are available at reduced cost at Student Health Services.
Entering students from developing countries are also strongly encouraged to have a screening test for tuberculosis (TB). The TB skin test is offered free at Student Health Services.
Medical Excuse Policy
SDSU Student Health Services will not provide medical excuses for short-term absences due to illness or injury. In circumstances when the illness or injury is prolonged (an absence of more than five days) and requires medical attention or hospitalization, we will work with students to provide appropriate documentation. When a student is hospitalized or has a serious, ongoing illness or injury, SDSU Student Health Services will, at the student’s request and with the student’s consent, communicate with the student’s academic adviser and/or Student Disability Services.
Students are instructed to contact their professor/ instructor/coach in the event that they need to miss class, etc. due to an illness, injury, or an emergency. They may use an informational letter explaining the Student Health Services policy that is available from our office and on our website at http://shs.sdsu.edu. All decisions about the impact of an absence, as well as any arrangements for making up work, rest with the instructors. Academic advisers are available to provide assistance to students or faculty members who have concerns about attendance issues.
Accidents and Student Insurance Coverage
Accidents requiring treatment and/or transportation to a local hospital should be reported immediately to the SDSU Imperial Valley Campus, Business Affairs, 760-768-5515.
SDSU students are regarded by the university as adults. Accordingly, students are responsible for their own safety and health in connection with participation in campus activities and should exercise good judgment and due care at all times.
Specific questions regarding insurance coverage for campus programs, institutional safety regulations, and potential risks inherent in academic programs and student activities should be directed to the responsible faculty or staff member in charge of the activity.
Students participating in required or elective academic programs such as internships or practical through either nursing/allied health training, or in a teacher training program are covered under the university’s Workers’ Compensation program provided an internship agreement between the university and the facility has been executed by an authorized representative of the university. The university is providing Student Professional Liability insurance to its students who are enrolled in these programs. This coverage is provided through Lloyd’s of London. Students needing proof of this coverage for their participation in an institution’s affiliation program can obtain a copy of the certificate of liability from their professor.
The university does not provide liability, accident, or health coverage to students. Students may obtain medical insurance through http://www.CoveredCA.com or through http://www.csuhealthlink.com. The university makes no warranties as to the nature or quality of the coverage or the financial integrity of the insurers. The information on the availability of coverage is provided as a convenience to students.
The Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities is responsible for acting on behalf of the university president regarding all aspects of student discipline. The office receives reports of alleged student misconduct relative to Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and investigates complaints in order to determine whether university disciplinary action is to be pursued. University disciplinary action may run concurrently with civil or criminal action and/ or the residence hall eviction process, which is initiated by the court system. One type of judicial action does not necessarily affect the other.
Campus related violations include both academic and non-academic misconduct, misconduct in the off-campus surrounding community, off-campus community-sponsored events, and online sites.
To review SDSU’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, visit http://www.sa.sdsu.edu/srr.