The Veteran's Affairs Office, 269 Millennium Student Center, serves as liaison to the Veteran Affairs Regional Office. A certifying official is available to answer veterans' questions about educational benefits and process official paperwork.
Veterans are certified to the Veteran Affairs Regional Office beginning with the date of initial registration, and regularly until the expected completion date of the VA-approved program or degree. Veteran students must promptly inform the certifying official in 269 Millennium Student Center of any changes in status that might affect benefits. Failure to report such changes can result in overpayments and other complications in receipt of benefits.
Veteran students are expected to attend classes, perform academic duties as assigned by instructors, and adhere to academic policies. Failure to do so will result in reports to the VA of unsatisfactory progress, which may result in discontinuance of benefits. Veteran students who cease attending but do not officially withdraw from class or from the university will be reported as not making satisfactory progress. If enrollment status is altered in any way, the VA will be notified and an overpayment may be charged against the veteran. For complete details and information, contact the Veteran Affairs Office at (314) 516-5548.
University Health Services, Wellness, and Counseling Services (UHWCS)
UHWCS provides services to students, faculty and staff from a holistic perspective with consideration given to the six dimensions of wellness. Our primary objective is to assist students in maintaining their optimum level of wellness so that they are able to achieve their maximum academic potential. Services provided are organized into three major areas within UHWCS: Health Services, the Wellness Resource Center , and Counseling Services.
University Health Services, is an ambulatory care clinic located in 131 MSC. Basic health services include treatment of minor injury and illness, screening exams, women's health care, strep throat testing, pregnancy testing, tuberculin skin testing, flu shots, immunizations, urinalysis, and allergy injections. Care is provided by nurse practitioners and a medical assistant. Consultation is offered on nutrition and diet management, sexually transmitted diseases, contraception, wellness assessment, and health promotion (such as asthma and diabetes) in assisting with health problem management. Educational materials on a variety of health related topics are available. Educational outreach programs addressing current health issues and needs are offered. Assistance with referral to medical facilities is provided upon request and when deemed necessary. For an appointment, call (314) 516-5671. For a medical emergency on campus, call 911.
The university requests that students born after 1956 provide documented proof of immunity to measles and rubella, through current immunization records or disease documentation by a physician. Immunization records may be sent to Health Services. Meningococcal Meningitis immunization is required for all students residing in campus housing.
Tuberculosis screening is required for students who a) have lived for two months or more in Asia, Central or South America or Eastern Europe, b) have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that may impair the immune system, c) are health care workers, d) are volunteers of nursing homes, prisons, or other residential institutions, e) have had contact with a person known to have active tuberculosis. For forms and further information please refer to the website; http://www.umsl.edu/services/health.
Information, application and claim forms for the Student Insurance Plan are available from Health Services. Validation for handicapped parking is available through the Cashier's Office located in 258 MSC.
Wellness Resource Center
The Wellness Resource Center in 180 Millennium Student Center serves as a health and wellness center offering information and referral sources on a wide variety of health related issues including women's health and coping with crises. The office of the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Prevention is located in the Wellness Resource Center. The campus Partners in Prevention program is coordinated through this office, as well as many outreach activities dealing with responsible decision making related to choices students make on a daily basis. Resources are available for students with issues related to alcohol and drug use. Support groups on a variety of issues including smoking cessation, and Adult Child of Alcoholics are available at various times during the semester.
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
Pursuant to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is required to establish a drug and alcohol prevention program for its students and employees. A biennial review of this program will be done to determine its effectiveness, to implement changes to the program if they are needed, and to ensure that the university's disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced. The UM-St. Louis Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program is described in a brochure which is mailed to students annually. For information regarding this policy, contact the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programming at (314) 516-5414.
A variety of resources exist for drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs. For information concerning these resources contact the offices below.
Referrals will be made with respect of individual confidentiality.
Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programming, 180 Millennium Student Center, (314) 516-5414; Counseling Service, 126 Millennium Student Center (314) 516-5711; Student Health Center , 131 Millennium Student Center, (314) 516-5671; Office of Human Resources, 211 General Services Building , (314) 516-5804.
Smoke-Free Campus Policy of UM-St. Louis
Effective June 1, 1991, smoking is prohibited throughout the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus.
Counseling Services, located in MSC 126, offers professional counseling regarding personal and social concerns, such as personal growth and self-esteem, relationship issues, anxiety and stress, depression, anger management, grief and loss, problematic eating patterns, personal and sexual identity issues, sexual assault and rape, family history of alcoholism and/or abuse, and current issues with family of origin, as well as issues of low motivation , poor concentration, time management, test anxiety, and procrastination. The web site ( http://umsl.edu/services/counser ) contains mental health self screenings and links to a variety of self-help topics. Call (314) 516-5711 for appointment.
The mission of the University of Missouri-St. Louis police department is to work cooperatively with the university community and within the framework of the Constitution, enforce the laws, preserve the peace, and provide a safe environment for the campus.
The police department an internationally accredited department is committed to professional management and to providing services in a manner that is responsive to community concerns. It pledges to be sensitive to the needs of those it serves.
The police department located in the TeleCommunity Center , serves the students, faculty, and staff by providing year-round campus security. The police are trained to give emergency aid in the event of accident or illness. All incidents should be reported immediately to the police department, telephone (314) 516-5155. A "911" phone number is available on all phones with a 516 prefix and should be used for emergencies only. These numbers are monitored 24 hours a day. Call for help or to report fire or any hazardous conditions. Emergency telephones on campus include the red A Hot-Line phones, which are located in every building. In addition, there are a number of outdoor emergency phones that connect directly to the police dispatcher.
Parking and Transportation
Traffic regulation is also a responsibility of the campus police, including issuance of faculty/staff parking permits and any temporary parking permits. These permits may be picked up at the police department office. Informational booklets on traffic regulations and parking, as well as campus maps, tips on crime prevention, and other useful publications are available outside the police department office.
The police department provides limited emergency vehicle service, at no charge, to vehicles on campus. Any person requiring such service (due to dead battery, empty fuel tank, flat tire, etc.) should phone the university police for assistance. An escort service is available 24 hours a day by calling (314) 516-5155. All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to call the police for an escort if they feel uncomfortable walking to their car at night.
For information on any of these services, contact the police by calling (314) 516-5158, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For emergencies, call (314) 516-5155 or 911.
Center for Academic Development (CAD)
CAD is an academic support and assessment unit that focuses attention on the needs of UM-St. Louis students seeking success in their coursework. The center is comprehensive in nature and offers the following services:
The Writing Lab This lab offers tutorial assistance to students working on papers for their classes. No appointment is necessary, and tutors are prepared to help both undergraduate and graduate students in all the disciplines. Issues covered in the lab include organization, sentence clarity, development, grammar, and usage. The Writing Lab offers IBM computers for student use, and tutors provide computer assistance. There is no charge for any Writing Lab service.
English-as-a-Second Language Program ( ESL )
The center is the administrative home for the English as a Second Language Program. The program provides assessment and supplementary ESL courses for international students. Courses are listed under the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.
This lab offers individual assistance on a walk-in basis to students needing help with any mathematics from basic math through calculus or needing help with the mathematical skills required for a course in another discipline. The Math Lab contains a small computer lab. Students or prospective students who are preparing to take the Mathematics Placement Test or C-Base Exam may come to the lab for help. Review materials for the C-Base Exam are available on general reserve in the Thomas Jefferson Library. Practice math placement exams are available at the University's home page under: math placement information/math practice tests. There is no charge for any math lab service.
Math Precollegiate Courses. The center provides assistance for students needing to improve their skills in mathematics. A three-credit hour (not toward a degree) course in Intermediate Algebra and a zero-credit workshop in Beginning Algebra are offered as semester-long lecture classes or as independent study courses with flexible beginning and ending options. Schedules for the courses can be found in the current Schedule of Courses.
Assessment Center. The center provides a controlled environment for students to take make-up exams or to test under conditions where special accommodations are needed and authorized. Students unable to take campus level exams (e.g. Math Placement, Academic Profile) in regularly scheduled group sessions may take them in the center for a fee. All testing is by appointment. Call (314) 516-6396.
Tutor Referral Services Students desiring a private tutor for a particular course should check with the appropriate academic department for a list of tutors. Some tutor names and phone numbers can be found on the tutor referral list Web site under the tutor referral services on the campus home page. Times and costs are arranged by student and tutor.
The Office of Multicultural Relations was designed to support the University's goal of academic success and student retention. Cognizant of the unique challenges facing the minority population, Multicultural Relations works to enhance and promote academic success for these students. It provides and directly links students to such services as new student orientation, mentoring, tutoring, academic counseling, career exploration, and leadership development. Workshops and seminars are held to foster a larger awareness of the University and its resources. Students meet with counselors to work on individual academic plans and are assigned tutors if necessary. The web site is http://www.umsl.edu/~mcraa/mcraa.html The phone number is 516-6807.