Medical Safety

Life-threatening injury, illness, or loss of consciousness

Dial 911 from any phone. Stay on the phone until you are sure that the ambulance service knows how to get to campus and locate buildings on campus. An ambulance should arrive within minutes. Then call Campus Security at ext. 1115 (641-472-1115).

Serious injuries

Call 911 as above, or call Campus Security at ext. 1115 (641-472-1115). The security officer will help you obtain the necessary medical care.

Non-life-threatening injuries or illness

Call or visit your health care provider. You may also call or visit the Campus Nurse, Diedre Lentz, R.N., Monday through Friday, 1:00–4:00 p.m. ext. 3411 (641-472-7000 ext. 3411), Dreier Building, Room 236, or call Campus Security at ext. 1115 (641-472-1115), to help you get the necessary assistance.

Psychological distress warning signs

The following are signs of possible psychological strain or problems:

  • Excessive worrying
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling isolated
  • Excessive or poor appetite
  • Irregular bowel habits
  • Abdominal pains
  • Frequent headaches
  • Energy fluctuations
  • Mood fluctuations
  • Difficulty concentrating or completing academic assignments

What to do

Talking to friends may be helpful, but sometimes is difficult. You may find that talking to someone with more life and college experience can be invaluable. Feel free to talk to a faculty member or administrator you may feel close to. Also, you can talk to your Residence Hall Director and/orAdvisor, or call the Associate Dean of Students, Amellia Hesse, 470-1327 (or ext. 1327); (641) 451-7417 (cell).

Personal Support Services provides free private consultations, as well as referrals to licensed therapists. Call for an appointment at 641-472-1241.

For information and referrals regarding drug, alcohol, or tobacco use/abuse, contact the Student Support Services at 472-1241 or the Campus Nurse.


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