Resources

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Faculty and Staff Resources

Most Rensselaer students are not from the immediate Capital Region area, meaning that whenthey first matriculate and/or return from a semester break, they are leaving many of their supportsystems--suchas family and friends--that they utilize. Although many students quicklyestablish new and equally effective support systems, a number of students find the variouspressures very stressful, sometimes to the point where it interferes with their academic success,emotional well-being, or their ability to take advantage of the educational opportunities availableto them at Rensselaer. This lack of support may intensify during common semester "crisisperiods" such as mid-term, final exam, pre-holiday periods.As faculty and staff at Rensselaer,you may encounter these distressed students looking to you for support.

We understand that there are many factors that are relevant to your willingness to respond,including your particular beliefs about the limits of afaculty or staff member's responsibility forhelping students, or your personal style or philosophy. Other factors such as situational factors(class size, format), the student's openness to assistance, and a student's comfort in seekingout contact, mayhave a substantial effect on the type of interactions you can have with astudent.

The likelihood is, however, that at some point in your tenure at Rensselaer, you will come intocontact with a student in distress and in need of psychological assistance. We are confident thatfaculty and staff can identify these students and offer valuable assistance. We have prepared avariety of information to assist faculty and staff in identifying, facilitating, and referring studentsin distress. We hope that the information and recommendations provided assist you in helpingstudents in making optimum use of their educational experience at Rensselaer.

Counseling

The Counseling Center staff is available to provide consultation to your questions regarding mental health matters, campus resources, and community referrals. In addition, if you have concerns about a student, you can contact our offices for assistance. Due to confidentiality laws, we may not be able to provide specific information about your student if s/he is utilizing our services. During normal business hours, you can call our office at (518) 276-6479.Your call will be forwarded to a psychologist on staff.

I’m concerned about a student – what should I do?

You have many choices with this question. First, you can contact the student’s class dean and express your concerns. These administrators offer an opportunity to be seen by those who interact with him/her the most. These interactions are often not bound to confidentiality restrictions in comparison to those of the CC staff – so they may be able to offer you more information about your student’s situation than we legally can. If your student’s concerns require counseling or psychological assessment, they are often referred to the Counseling Center to meet with a staff member.

Referrals to the Counseling Center

If you would like to refer your student to the Counseling Center, please have him or her contactour offices at (518) 276-6479to make an appointment. If the matter is urgent and your studentmust be seen immediately, she or he can come to our office in 4100 Academy Hall. If you needconsultation on how to refer students to the Counseling Center, please call us for suggestionsand ideas.

Emergencies

If you have anurgent matter or an emergency regarding a student during normal businesshours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm), please call our offices immediately at (518)276-6479. If a student has an urgent matter outside normal business hours, please call thePublic Safety Emergency line at(518) 276-6611. If you suspect a student in your office isactively suicidal, attempt to stay with them until help arrives, or encourage them to walk with you to our offices.

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Fee Schedule

Service/Device (billed to Bursar Account or RPI Insurance if enrolled)

 
Menveo (Meningitis) - Immunization
$100.00
Tetanus - Adacel Immunization
$40.00
Crutches
$15.00
Gardasil $150.00
Air Cast (ankle brace)
$28.00
Hep A- Immunization
$30.00
Hep B- Immunization
$35.00
Knee Immobilizer
$25.00
MMR- Immunization
$50.00
Plan B Medication
$10.00
PPD (tb test)
$15.00
Sling $2.00
Thumb Splint
$25.00
Wrist Immobilizer
$10.00
Physical Exam
$75.00

Mandatory Student Health Fee (appears on student eBill)

 
Per Year $583.00
Per Semmester
$291.50
Per Week (summer) $19.45

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Fee

(appears on student eBill; removed if waiver is accepted by deadline)

 
Per Year $1088.00
Per Semmester
$544.00

Graduate Student Dental Fee

(appears on student eBill; removed if waiver is accepted by deadline)

 
Per Year $188.00
Per Semmester
$94.00

Undergraduate Student Dental Fee

(placed on student Bursar account after submitting voluntary enrollment form)

 
Per Year $550.00
Per Semmester
$275.00

 

 

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Hospitals

Samaritan Hospital
2215 Burdett Ave Troy, New York >> map

(518) 271-3300
Emergency (911)

ER Directions:
From the SHC: Head north (towards the Union) on 15th St.
DirectionsTurn right at Eagle St. The ER is on right.

LAB/ X-Ray Directions:
From the SHC: Head north (towards the Union) on 15th St.
Turn right at Peoples Ave, Samaritan Hospital on the left.

St. Mary’s Hospital
1300 Massachusetts Ave Troy, New York >> map

(518) 268-5000
Emergency (911)

Directions:

From the SHC: Head north (towards the Union) on 15th St.
Continue on 15th St, over Hoosick St. Turn left on to Massachusetts Ave,
St. Mary’s is straight ahead.

Albany Medical Center
47 New Scotland Avenue Albany, New York >> map

(518) 262-6008
Emergeny (911)

Directions from SHC:
Take 787 South to Madison Avenue Exit. Take Madison Avenue to New Scotland.

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For New Students

Student Health Center Requirements for First-Year, Transfer and New Graduate Students

Immunizations and Physical Exam

The Immunization Form is a paper form that your physician's office must complete and sign. All students must submit the immunization form.  If you are playing a varsity sport you will also need to have your physician fill out the physical exam form and submit this documentation before you will be cleared to participate. Students who are not participating in varsity athletics do not need to have a pre-entrance physical. 

*Required immunizations are available at the Student Health Center for a fee.  If you will be receiving immunizations from the Health Center when you arrive on campus, please send the partially completed Immunizaiton form now.

Online Health Portal Forms

Complete the four forms* on the online Health Portal (Patient Information-Medical History; Notice of Privacy Practices; Tuberculosis Screening; Health Insurance Waiver-Enrollment). Follow this link to register for the Student Health Center Web Portal.  You must use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox as your browser. Follow the directions to fill out the forms and submit them electronically.  *The online Health Portal forms include a pre-entrance Tuberculosis Screening.  For students who need to complete Tuberculosis testing in the United States, testing is available at the Student Health Center for a fee. 

Health Insurance

All full-time students must have health insurance that will provide on-going, routine care in Troy, NY. To meet this requirement, all full-time students must either enroll in the RPI sponsored Health Insurance plan (offered by CDPHP) or waive out of the RPI/CDPHP plan by providing proof of an existing insurance plan that provides for routine, ongoing care in Troy, NY. The enrollment or waiver is completed via the Online Health Portal (one of the four mandatory forms described in #2 above). Health Insurance waiver/enrollment must be submitted by February 15th for first-time students enrolling in the Spring semester. Please see this page for more information.

New Graduate Students

In addition to the requirements above, you are required to have Dental Insurance and will be automatically enrolled in the RPI/Delta Dental dental insurance plan. If you currently have dental insurance, you may be eligible to waive out of the RPI/Delta Dental plan. Please see this page for more information.

International Students

Travel insurance does not work the same as United States health insurance plans. Travel insurance will not meet the requirements to waive the RPI/CDPHP plan. Do not purchase a Travel Insurance Plan. You will need to enroll in the RPI/CDPHP plan by affirming enrollment on the health portal. You will only be allowed to waive if you have a traditional, US-based health insurance plan.

On-line education programs

New first-time and transfer undergraduates are required to take two on-line courses: AlcoholEdu and Haven. Each course has two parts. Part 1 must be completed by January 27th. Part two must be completed by February 28th. Failure to complete the both parts of each course will delay registration for fall 2017 classes.

Click here for directions on how to access the courses.

If you have completed these courses at another college, contact us to request an exemption.

[this requirement does not apply to Graduate or Exchange students]

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LGBTQ Resources

The RPI campus and surrounding community provide a variety of resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally community.  RPI formally supports LGBTQ issues through its “LGBTQ Task Force”, a group of students, staff and faculty who are charged with supporting and improving the campus climate for the LGBTQ community.  

View our dedicated LGBTQ section

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Parent Resources

Counseling

College can be an exciting time for your student but it can also present many challenges. The transition to college can be associated with a variety of stressors. As a parent it can be difficult to know when and how to help your student. When issues stray beyond the typical roommate conflicts and academic adjustments the distinction between interference and active support may be hard to see. The following information is provided to help you recognize signs of distress in your student and learn how to intervene appropriately.

Available Services

  • Individual Counseling - students meet one on one with a professional counselor for confidential short term therapy
  • The counseling center runs groups depending on the needs of the students.
  • Crisis Intervention- a counselor is available for times of crisis during normal business hours, after hours we are available on-call through Public Safety (518) 276-6656
  • Psychiatric/Medication Services- students can receive psychotropic medications from our psychiatrist or other health service providers
  • Educational Programs- we offer presentations on alcohol and other drug use, stress management, suicide prevention, and more
  • Case Management- a program offering support via face to face meetings, telephone calls, or email
  • Referral Services for more complex issues- students needing long term therapy may be referred to counseling services in the community

Symptoms of Concern

As a parent you should encourage your student to seek counseling center services if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • A sudden drop in academic performance
  • Difficulty sleeping or getting out of bed
  • Feeling sad or appearing tearful most days
  • Social isolation
  • Increased lethargy
  • Expressions of hopelessness
  • Direct or indirect statements about death or suicide
  • Avoidance of certain places or situations, or fear of being alone
  • Increased irritability or restlessness
  • Paranoid or incoherent speech
  • Increased drug or alcohol use

Referring your student to the Counseling Center for a counseling appointment is easy. Students can walk in to make an appointment, or call 518-276-6479 for an appointment.  In a crisis situation, students will be seen that day. 

Encouraging self-help

  • Reassure your student that information shared during counseling is confidential and will not be disclosed without written permission
  • Let them know they can meet with a counselor for one session without making a commitment for ongoing counseling
  • Help reduce the stigma associated with counseling. Tell your student that college counseling centers are regularly used by many students for a variety of reasons and that seeking help is a sign of strength
  • Suggest that your student check out the Counseling Center web page for more useful information.
  • Keep in mind that your approach and attitude toward help-seeking can have a great deal of influence on whether or not your student will use the available services.

Encouraging self-help

  • Reassure your student that information shared during counseling is confidential and will not be disclosed without written permission
  • Let them know they can meet with a counselor for one session without making a commitment for ongoing counseling
  • Help reduce the stigma associated with counseling. Tell your student that college counseling centers are regularly used by many students for a variety of reasons and that seeking help is a sign of strength
  • Suggest that your student check out the Counseling Center web page for more useful information.
  • Keep in mind that your approach and attitude toward help-seeking can have a great deal of influence on whether or not your student will use the available services.

Crisis Management

What if your student needs immediate help?
If you believe your student is in a life-threatening situation, call the Counseling Center (518-276-6479) or the Public Safety Office after hours (518-276-6611)

Consultation with CC staff

Counseling center staff is available to speak with parents in regards to their concerns about their students.  Please be aware that, once a student has been to the Counseling Center, we will need a signed release to provide you with information, however, you are encouraged to provide us with as much information as possible so that we can be as helpful as possible to your student.

Health Care

Welcome Rensselaer Parents! We are here to serve the primary health care needs of your students so that they can get and remain health and stay focus on their academic goals.

Commonly Asked Questions

  1. Flu Shots: Yes, we offer free flu shots for students each fall, usually around the end of September and into October. We hold clinics all over campus and post information about them all over print and social media - but please remind your students to take advantage of this easy, free flu prevention measure.
  2. Specialist: We have a list of specialists we refer to on our website. Follow this link for the list of offices and maps to their locations. We also have a list of the local pharmacies and hospitals.
  3. Making appointments: We encourage students to make appointments to minimize wait time and so the can schedule around other commitments. The can call our office directly or log into our health portal to make an appointment.
  4. Health Insurance: We offer a student health insurance policy for students who need insurance coverage in this area or while studying abroad or on co-op. Students who do not need the student insurance plan can waive out. This enrollment or waiver is an annual process that must be done by September 15 each year. Much more information is provided on our website under "Health Insurance."
  5. Prescriptions: We do write prescriptions for students as medically necessary. Prescriptions are electronically transmitted to a pharmacy of the students choice. See here for more information.
  6. Transportation: The campus shuttle will get students to locations near (within walking distance) of many of the local pharmacies, Samaritan Hospital, or doctors offices.
  7. Costs: Students do not pay an out-of-pocket co-pay for visits to the health center, nor do we charge your insurance plan for visits to the health center (the annual, mandatory student health center fee covers this). We do charge for immunizations and durable goods. These charges are submitted to the RPI student insurance plan (if enrolled) or billed to the student's Bursar account (RPI ebill). See the "Fee Schedule" link for more information.
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Prescriptions and Pharmacies

There are five retail pharmacy chains in the city of Troy. One of these pharmacies, Rite-Aid, is conveniently located within close walking distance of the campus at 258 Hoosick Street. All of the other pharmacies are also served by the Campus Shuttle Bus or public bus routes. Please see our map for the locations of Troy's local pharmacies and physicians' offices.

Controlled Substances

The Health Center does not provide prescriptions for Accutane or for controlled substances such as narcotics, tranquilizers or stimulants. Students requiring prescriptions for these drugs must obtain them at home. Please refer to our letter to students for more information regarding a recent change in Rensselaer's prescription delivery program.

Local Pharmacies

Wal-mart

760 Hoosick Rd, Troy New York - (518) 279-0685 From the SHC: Head north (towards the Union) on 15th St. Turn right at Hoosick St, Wal-Mart is on the right.

Price Chopper

716 Hoosick Rd # 1 Troy, New York (518) 266-9947 From the SHC: Head north (towards the Union) on 15th St. Turn right at Hoosick St, Price Chopper is on the right.

Rite-Aid *closest to campus*

258 Hoosick Street Troy, New York Phone: (518) 272-5735 From the SHC: Head north (towards the Union) on 15th St. Turn right at Hoosick St, Rite Aid is on the right.

Walgreens

549 Hoosick St Troy, New York (518) 274-5080 From the SHC: Head north (towards the Union) on 15th St. Turn right at Hoosick St, Walgreens is on the left.

CVS

49 4th Street Troy, New York (518) 272-1666 From the SHC: Head south on 15th St toward College Ave. Turn right at Congress St. Turn right at 4th St, CVS is on the left in the Atrium.

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RPI Ambulance

RPI Ambulance is a student run and operated Basic Life Support (BLS) transporting ambulance agency that serves the RPI campus and surrounding communities. We respond to approximately 150 to 200 calls and provide first aid coverage to about 30 special events every academic year. All students of RPI are eligible to join RPI Ambulance, no previous experience is necessary. Members can train to become drivers, crew chiefs or just come to help out!

>> RPI Ambulance