Health & Safety
A parents and families guide to health and safety
Kutztown University wants every student who chooses KU to have the time of his or her life while studying here. However, we understand that there are times for seriousness to arise, such as illness, safety issues and emergency.
The Public Safety and Police Services Unit is comprised of 16 police officers, as well as services from an outside security agency to supplement patrol efforts. Public Safety sponsors a free program to all women that focuses on crime prevention measures and self-defense tactics. The department has partnered with the Borough of Kutztown to form KUBoK a neighborhood watch program, to monitor the community during late hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Public Safety also offers an escort service to all students that is available 24-hours a day.
The KU ALERT system is designed to notify students and parents of emergency situations on campus, as well as changes in class schedules such as delays and cancellations. Students can register up to two cell phone numbers and two email addresses for alerts. Parents, please encourage your student to use the extra cell phone and email addresses to go to your device or email so you can be kept abreast of situations on campus.
Kutztown University's Health and Wellness Services provide quality health care, health education and promotion, and counseling and preventative services to the campus community in a caring, cost-effective and convenient setting. A self-care center is located in the Health & Wellness Center outside the entrance to Clinical Services. Over-the-counter medications, first-aid supplies, condoms, educational materials and instruction sheets for self-care are available. Allergy and flu vaccinations, as well as tuberculosis testing, are offered each semester. A physician is on-site 20 hours per week for scheduled appointments. Additionally, Women's Health Services provide examinations and testing for female students.
Kutztown University's Clinical Services is not an emergency care center. The staff will administer first aid and stabilize an emergency condition until ambulance personnel arrive for transport. Students are referred to a nearby hospital or emergency center for emergency medical care. A local ambulance association is called to transport students for emergency care, and the cost of this transport is the responsibility of the student. Students may purchase membership to this local ambulance association. Upon membership, transportation costs provided by individual insurance coverage are accepted as full payment for service. For non-members, the ambulance association will expect full payment for services. Membership applications can be requested from Clinical Services.
Health insurance plans are available to those students who meet eligibility requirements. For more information on medically insuring your family member through the KU Health and Wellness Center, please visit the center's webpage, or contact the staff directly.