III:04:00 Guidance and Counseling Center

I. POLICY STATEMENT

The University will maintain limited personal counseling and limited psychiatric services on the main campus, which will be staffed by licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, senior psychological examiners, licensed psychologists, licensed psychiatrists, and/or licensed psychiatric nurse practitioners. Other staff may include unlicensed counselors, interns and/or graduate assistants under the appropriate supervision of licensed senior staff.

The University will maintain a testing services center on the main campus staffed by an administrator with appropriate training and expertise in the area of educational/academic testing and clerical staff member(s). Testing services provided include individual and group tests, both paper and pencil and computer based tests of an educational/academic nature.

II. PURPOSE

Counseling and Testing Services provides appropriate counseling or educational/academic testing services for any enrolled student of the University and limited educational/academic testing services to non-students.

Counseling and Testing Services does not provide services for the staff of the University as individuals presenting problems of a personal nature, but accepts referrals of students from administrative officers and faculty members of the University.

The staff of Counseling and Testing Services, when requested, serves in a consulting capacity to units or departments of the University seeking aid in areas with the staff's competence.

III. ELIGIBILITY FOR CARE

Students will be eligible for limited personal counseling and psychiatric services in the semester in which they are enrolled. Enrollment can be verified on the University's student information system.

During the summer, students who were enrolled in the previous Spring semester and are enrolled for the Fall semester may use Counseling & Testing Services at the discretion of the professional staff of Counseling & Testing Services.

IV. COUNSELING AND MEDICAL RECORDS 

All counseling and medical records of the clients are confidential and information will not be released without written consent from the client.

V. TESTING RECORDS 

Testing Services adheres to the guidelines determined by the national testing companies providing the educational/academic test protocols administered by the administrative staff/designees of the center with regard to releases of test scores/records.

VI. SCOPE OF SERVICES 

A. Counseling services: Following an initial intake session, counseling of a short term nature on an outpatient basis is provided, if determined appropriate by the professional staff. If the student needs services beyond the scope of those provided by the professional staff, the student will be referred to appropriate counseling/medical professionals in the community.

B. Psychiatric Services: After an initial intake session with a staff counselor, student-clients may be referred in-house to a consulting psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation. The consulting psychiatrist(s) determine if the student-client is appropriate for short term medication management. If student-client needs services beyond the scope of those provided by the consulting psychiatrist(s), the student will be referred to appropriate mental health professionals/agencies in the community.

C. Testing Services: Testing Services is responsible for administering the following tests:

American College Testing (ACT)
ACT – Residual
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – Subject tests
HESI
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
Pharmacy college Admissions Test – (PCAT)
Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) – for students registered through other schools
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Revisions: July 1, 1972; July 1, 1979; April 20, 2012 (consolidated III:04:01 Guidance and Counseling Center-Counseling and III:04:02 Guidance and Counseling Center-Testing).