Wellness Center: Health & Counseling

Phone: (315) 792-7172

Fax: (315) 792-7371 

Email:  wellnesscenter@sunypoly.edu

SUNY Poly values the health and well-being of all students as well as the campus community. The Wellness Center features Health and Counseling Services that support and enhance the educational experience for SUNY Poly students.

The Wellness Center is located in the Campus Center, Suite 217. Office hours during the academic semesters are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  There are no clinical or counseling services offered during the summer months.

The Wellness Center operations are supported by the student health service fee which provides students comprehensive and confidential health and counseling support on campus. The Wellness Center is staffed by licensed and experienced health professionals.

At the Albany site, students can use the Student Health Center at the Albany Medical Center, 25 Hackett Boulevard, Albany, NY. Appointments are required.

SUNY Poly Albany campus students have access to:

Student Health Services
University at Albany
Dutch Quad
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

The entrance to the facility is at the base of Dutch Quad—the entryway faces South / Western Ave, and overlooks the tennis courts and soccer practice fields.

Phone: (518) 442-5454
Appointments: (518) 442-5229
Fax: (518) 442-5444

Hours: Weekdays: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Summer & Intersession: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Health Services:

Sick, injury and preventative care is provided by a family nurse practitioner, physician, registered nurses, health promotion coordinator and medical assistants/support personnel. Appointments are recommended, however walk-ins will be scheduled accordingly.

Medical Services:

  • Medical evaluation, treatment & follow-up care
  • Women’s and Men’s Health – GYN examinations, birth control, STD testing, etc.
  • Laboratory services: On campus – strep, mono, HIV, etc., Off-campus – nationally recognized laboratory pick-up service of specimens for testing
  • Medications – prescription & over the counter
  • Medical Equipment/Supplies– crutches, band-aids, cough drops, hot/cold packs, etc.
  • Referrals – to private practitioners, community agencies, etc.

Health Promotion Services:

  • Alcohol and other drug prevention services and education
  • Current health-related educational literature and resources
  • Appropriate health guidance with necessary referral (topics include: sleep, stress management, nutrition, etc.)
  • Prevention focused programs such as flu vaccination clinics and a Wellness Fair
  • Smoking cessation assistance
  • Relaxation Room and therapeutic massage services

Counseling Services:

Counseling Services assists students with psychological and emotional challenges in order to enhance and improve their academic success and personal resilience.

Counseling Services are covered under the student health service fee and provide a safe, confidential and comfortable environment for students to address their life challenges, enhance self-esteem and empower the student to achieve their goals.

Common concerns for students receiving counseling can include: college adjustment, anxiety, depression, stress management, relationships, sexual and gender identity, self-esteem, etc.

Counseling Services are confidential and are provided by licensed counselors.

Tele-psychiatry services are also offered through SUNY Upstate Medical University Department of Psychiatry. The SUNY-STCN program provides remote assessment, treatment planning, short-term psychotherapy and initial medication management.  All referrals for tele-psychiatric services are coordinated through the on-campus mental health counselors.

Wellness Center Student Health Requirements and Insurance Information

Health Requirements to Attend SUNY Poly:
All students are required to provide the following health documents to the Wellness Center before August 1 for fall admission and January 1 for spring. Student athletes and nursing students have additional health requirements. Please refer to those respective departments for details.

Immunizations – Mandatory for all students registered for six (6) or more credits and all residential students. Non-compliant students will be de-registered pursuant to the directives of the law.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) – NYS Health Law § 2165 requires all students taking on campus classes to provide documentation of immunity to MMR. Persons born prior to 1/1/57 are exempt from the MMR requirement.

  • Measles Documentation Required: Two dates of immunization on or after the first birthday or date and results of positive measles titer.
  • Mumps Documentation Required: Date of immunization on or after the first birthday or date and results of positive mumps titer.
  • Rubella Documentation Required: Date of immunization on or after the first birthday or date and results of positive rubella titer.

Meningococcal Meningitis – NYS Health Law § 2167 requires students to provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of meningococcal immunization(s) given within the past 5 years OR
  • Completion of the Meningococcal Information Response Form indicating acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of the meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student (or student’s parent/guardian if under 18 years old). The Meningococcal Information Response Form is available on the SUNY Poly Wellness Center website and the Wildcat Wellness Student Health Portal at myhealth.sunypoly.edu

Health History and Physical Examination

All students taking 12 or more credits must provide a physical examination (with complete review of systems) completed and signed or stamped within the last 2 years by either a physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. A physical exam is required for all part-time students that utilize services at the Wellness Center and residential students. Any student under the age of 18 years old must have the second page of the Health History and Physical form signed by a parent or legal guardian to provide authorization for medical care at the Wellness Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

All SUNY Poly students with an on-campus presence are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to SUNY’s guidance. COVID vaccination will no longer be mandatory for attendance. Additionally, religious and medical exemptions no longer apply.

Medical Insurance

Domestic Students – SUNY Poly requires that all students comply with health insurance regulations as federally mandated by the Affordable Care Act. This law requires that all individuals have health insurance.  For more information on the NY State Health Plan Marketplace: https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/

International Students – International Student Medical Insurance Policy – The State University of New York requires that all international students (on F1 or J1 Visas) entering the country for study or research, or any US student studying abroad in a SUNY sponsored program purchase the International Student Health Insurance policy.  Medical insurance information is provided upon admission and students are automatically enrolled and billed.

F-1 students who are hired as research or graduate assistants by New York State or the Research Foundation may opt to purchase the state’s employee health insurance policy in lieu of the required SUNY International Student Health Insurance policy. Eligible students will be contacted by Human Resources to discuss their options once they are hired by the University.

Enrollment & Billing Questions
Contact the Bursar’s Office: bursar@sunypoly.edu | 315-792-7214

NYS Employee Health Plan Enrollment for GAs and RPAs
Contact the Office of Human Resources: HR@sunypoly.edu | 315-792-7191

For questions regarding health insurance or health care services in the US
Contact the SUNY Poly Wellness Center: wellness@sunypoly.edu | 315-792-7172