Every phase of Lynn University life provides a learning situation wherein the student is guided toward wise decision making. While the university primarily emphasizes formal learning through instruction and study, it clearly recognizes a student’s personal and social needs. To serve these needs, the university offers a Division of Student Affairs.

The Division of Student Affairs includes the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, Campus Recreation, Counseling Center, Women’s Center, Housing and Residence Life, Health Center, Campus Safety, Student Conduct, and the Center for Student Involvement.

The Office of the Dean of Students provides assistance in securing advice on university-related concerns. The dean is also responsible for maintaining an open line of communication between staff, students and parents.

The departments within Student Affairs support student led initiatives and opportunities, which cover a wide range of interests. These interactions aid with the development of each individual’s talents and strengths and challenge personal initiative and leadership.

Counseling center

The Counseling Center offers a variety of mental health services, including individual and group counseling for students dealing with emotional, psychological, behavioral, and social issues. These services are strictly confidential and free of charge to all registered Lynn University students. Psychiatric evaluations for medication may be arranged on campus or be directed to qualified, off-campus, private practitioners.

Health center

During scheduled hours, the Health Center staff provides limited medical services to members of the Lynn community. If a serious health problem arises, the staff may refer a student to the services of qualified off-campus medical personnel.

Every student living on campus is required to submit a complete immunization record before being allowed to enroll.

Residential students:

The following health documentation will be required for all students residing on campus: Health History and Authorization for Treatment forms, physical exam within past 12 months, and a record or exemption of immunizations for: MMR (2 doses), Meningococcal Meningitis, and Hepatitis B.

Non-residential students:

Health forms will not be required at the time of enrollment for students not residing on campus. However, those students will be required to sign a Health History, Authorization for Treatment and/or any immunization exemption forms if/when seen in the Health Center for medical treatment.

The university assumes no financial responsibility for medical services performed other than the university nurse’s official services, nor does it pay any hospitalization costs, including deductibles.

Students who refuse treatment or hospital admission do so at their own risk. If a student is ill, it is the student’s responsibility to report the illness to the Health Center, residence hall staff and/or Student Affairs.

If a student requires medication on a regular basis, he or she is advised to establish a relationship with a local pharmacy. Parents or guardians may be contacted by the university in cases involving students who are transported to the hospital.

Insurance

All students are required to carry medical insurance. Students are required to provide proof of insurance before enrolling at the university or sign up for the university plan. Information about student medical insurance is available from the Office of Student Financial Services.

Medical/mental health readmission requirements

Inherent in the policies outlined here regarding the care and concern of students with medical and/or mental health issues is the encouragement of receiving proper treatment and professional services. For students who are voluntarily or involuntarily required to withdraw from Lynn University for medical and/or mental health reasons, the university’s predominant concern is that the students receive the appropriate professional treatment. Lynn University wishes to provide sufficient time away from academic concerns to adequately address the issues that necessitated a leave. Failure to seek ongoing appropriate treatment will seriously infringe upon the readiness to resume student status, and the university will withhold readmission until appropriate treatment has been received and documented.

Prior to readmission, a student on medical/mental health leave must provide documentation from the attending medical/mental health professional to the Dean of Students or his or her designee one month prior to the anticipated return date. The documentation MUST include: reasons for treatment, frequency and duration of treatment, full assessment of medical and/or psychological status including history and diagnostic impression, and recommendations/treatment plan for continued recovery. The university also requires that the attending professional assesses whether the student is intellectually, physically and psychologically able to handle academic demands and a return to the university community. If the preceding information is not included, the university reserves the right to delay readmission until proper treatment/documentation has been received. All responsibility for providing the required documentation rests solely on the student who desires readmission.

Once all required documentation is provided, this information will then be reviewed by the appropriate Lynn University health care professionals and by the Dean of Students or his or her designee. During the period of readmission consideration, the student may be required to permit the Dean of Students or his or her designee to communicate with the student’s health care provider. The purpose of this communication will be to gather additional information pertaining to the student’s readiness to return to the rigors of academic life. If the student is permitted to return, the university may at that time set forth special conditions or requirements, such as meetings with the Dean of Students or other university medical/professional personnel to monitor the student’s progress. In addition, the student may be required to establish an ongoing professional relationship with Counseling Center or Health Center staff. The decision to allow a student to return from a medical leave of absence may be reversed if the student fails to abide by the special conditions for return or if the student fails to be a responsible member of the Lynn University community.

Substance abuse

Lynn University strives to maintain a drug-free environment of any drug as defined by local, state and/or federal law, including marijuana is expected. Any student found in possession of or involved with any type of drug will be sanctioned by the university’s conduct review board. A university representative will communicate with the parents if the student is found responsible for a violation of the university drug policy.

Students of legal age are permitted to have alcohol in the privacy of their rooms. Students who choose to drink alcoholic beverages must do so in a responsible manner. Students are not permitted to have alcoholic beverages in public areas (i.e., hallways, lounges, pool, etc.). Students who violate the alcohol policy will be sanctioned by the university’s conduct review system.

Substance abuse prevention program

The university recognizes the problems that exist in today’s society with regard to alcohol and substance abuse. As such, alcohol and substance abuse literature, counseling and referral services are available through the Counseling Center. Lynn University is in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act.