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Academic Advising 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.


Criminal Justice, Psychology, Public Administration, Student Disability Services
Barbara Romero (760) 768-5509
Student Affairs

Norma Aguilar (760) 768-5637
Student Affairs

History, Liberal Studies, Social Science
Americo Yacopi (760) 768-5503
Student Affairs

International Business, Spanish
Aracely Bojorquez (760) 768-5506

Latin American Studies, Mathematics
Miguel Rahiotis (760) 768-5502
Student Affairs

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

M.A. in Education

Teacher Education

Student Health Services

All regularly enrolled SDSU students have prepaid a health fee as part of their tuition and fees which entitles them to basic medical services. Services for students at the IV Campus include CPR classes, basic medical and dental ser- vices, vision examinations, immunizations, individual coun- seling/psychological sessions and group seminars/ workshops. The office for Student Health Services at IV Cam- pus 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. We accept California’s Family PACT program that covers the costs of contraception and sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment. Charges associated with these services are dramatically lower than those found elsewhere. This care is pro- vided at Student Health Services, located in Calpulli Center, where health care providers offer a wide range of programs and services.

Services include medical care by physicians board certi- fied in family medicine, internal medicine, orthopedics, psychiatry, dermatology, and preventive medicine, and by certified primary care nurse practitioners; laboratory, x-ray, eye care, and dental services; a pharmacy which dispenses prescriptions and over-the-counter items at cost; physical therapy; health-related counseling and campuswide health education programming offered by the Health Promotion Department. Students are responsible for the cost of their medical care.

All medical care provided at Student Health Services is strictly confidential. No one, on or off campus, other than Student Health Services staff, has access to medical record information without written permission from the student. For more information, call 760-768-5670 or visit the office located in the Administration Building.

REQUIRED: Proof of Immunity Against Measles, Rubella, and Hepatitis B

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 encouraged to consider a second measles immunization.)

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 is also a way to prove immunization status. Students may also receive immunization at a cost at Student Health Services. For more information, call 760-768-5670.

Important: Students who have not complied with this California State University mandate prior to the registration deadline will not be able to register for classes their second semester.

Hepatitis B

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 may fulfill the immunization requirement by bringing or sending medical documentation of immunization or positive laboratory evidence of hepatitis B 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 State University mandate 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.

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- 7469 (include name, address, telephone number, date of birth, and SDSU RedID number).

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 who reside in campus residence halls;
  • Students who obtained their primary and secondary schooling outside the United States;
  • 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.

Meningococcal Disease

Each incoming freshman who will be residing in oncampus 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. 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: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, mumps, chicken pox (varicella) and Hepatitis A. Like measles, these too can be particularly harmful in the college-age group. These immunizations are available at reduced cost at Student Health Services. Flu shots are available annually, as well.

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 Web site at All decisions about theimpact 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 practica 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. Through the Associated Students, a supplemental health insurance policy is available and recommended to students having no private medical or accident insurance coverage. The insurance includes hospitalization benefits and specified medical and surgical services. The policy may be purchased per semester or on a yearly basis. An open enrollment period is available the beginning of each semester and the policy may be purchased at

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.



Ombudsman 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, Room 1105; telephone: 619-594-6578; The assistant dean for student affairs represents the ombudsman’s office on the SDSU-IV Campus; telephone 760-768-5502..

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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 communitysponsored events, and online sites. To review SDSU’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, visit