The University provides free, ambulatory healthcare for all Monmouth University students. If there is an emergency, the Monmouth police will dispatch an ambulance for transportation to the nearest hospital. All full-time undergraduate students are required to carry basic medical insurance. Students have the option of enrolling in a University plan.
The Health Center provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of common ambulatory illnesses and minor injuries. Staffed by four full-time nurse practitioners (NP), a part-time NP, a part-time physician, a psychiatrist, and a full-time substance abuse counselor, the Health Center also offers both a men’s and women’s clinic, TB testing, immunizations, and health and wellness education. Outside referrals are made for medical specialists and diagnostic testing.
The services of the Health Center are free for all students, both residential and commuter, undergraduate and graduate. Students who become ill may utilize the services of the Health Center during clinic hours. A special “sick bay” within the center is reserved for those students who require respite care and observation due to illness. There are no overnight services.
During fall and spring semesters, the Health Center is open Monday to Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary. The men’s and women’s clinics are by appointment. These clinics offer students the opportunity for private consultation and examination with either a female or male health practitioner for issues and concerns related to men’s and women’s health. The women’s clinic includes annual gynecological exams and Pap testing.
A student with an acute illness or injury that occurs outside of clinic hours is transferred to the local hospital via ambulance or University Police.
Monmouth Medical Center is approximately five minutes from the campus.
Students are responsible for communicating with their professors regarding any brief (one to two days) absence from class due to medical illness. Students are to notify Health Services and provide medical documentation in the event of a medical absence from classes lasting three or more days. The Health Center will notify the faculty of any student who will have a prolonged absence (three or more days) from classes due to illness or injury.
If a student is over 18 years of age, it is his or her legal right to first provide consent in order for a parent to be notified of an illness or injury. Young adults are also legally responsible for making their own healthcare decisions. In emergency cases, parents will be notified, as next of kin, by either the University, University Police, or Monmouth Medical Center.
All students are required to complete the medical history section of the Student Health Record. Notation of any special medical conditions, allergies, medications, or self-care deficits should be made on the medical record. In addition, students or parents may consult with the Director of Health Services to discuss any health concerns that may impact the student’s ability to attend classes.
Without a complete health record, the ability to provide safe care and treatment for the student is jeopardized. Additionally, a resident student’s room assignment may be penalized and course registration may be blocked for any student who does not comply. For all new students starting in the fall semester, health records need to be submitted by July 1.
All matriculating students ages 30 or younger, need to provide proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella. Measles and mumps vaccination requires two separate doses. In lieu of vaccination, students may opt to show proof of immunity via laboratory titers. Meningitis vaccination is required for all students who reside in campus-sponsored housing. Students carrying nine or more credits must also show proof of vaccination with the hepatitis B series (three shots).
Monmouth University (MU) recommends that all students have appropriate health insurance that will cover them sufficiently whether on or off campus and that each student review current applicable insurance plans regarding coverage.
MU requires ALL students to annually provide proof of insurance so that the University can better assist students with health matters. Proof of insurance is to be entered into WebAdvisor by the end of the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester.
More information can be found at Monmouth University’s Health Services site.
A health insurance plan is offered to MU students who meet eligibility criteria. Enrollment in the health insurance plan is voluntary for most students. Open enrollment is the first 30 days of each semester. Students enroll directly with and make payment to the contracted insurance company.
Criteria eligibility for voluntary enrollment is: Full-time undergraduates taking 12 or more credits, undergraduate students in their student teaching rotation taking 9 or more credits, and full-time graduate students taking 9 or more credits. Students who meet these criteria may also enroll dependents.
Students who experience a change in situation, such as being dropped by a parental insurance plan, may be eligible to voluntarily enroll in the health insurance plan after the open enrollment period. In such cases, the student should contact the insurance company concerning his or her situation to determine eligibility.
Intercollegiate sport athletes, cheerleaders, and international students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the University health insurance plan if proof of insurance is not provided by the established add/drop deadline.