HEALTH REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Health Requirements for International Students
(1) For international students good health is an essential condition for achieving educational objectives and assuring the quality of the educational and cultural experience. For purposes of this policy, international students shall be defined as individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent immigrants. Permanent residents are excluded.
(2) It is the responsibility of the institution to ensure that health care, which is culturally appropriate, accessible, and affordable, is available to international students. To meet this responsibility, Western Oregon University requires that each international student, within the first term of attendance, comply with the following:
(a) Complete the University's Health History Form and return it to the Student Health Center;
(b) Have a tuberculin skin test at either the Western Oregon University Student Health Center or Polk County Health Center; or have a chest x-ray as directed by the health care provider;
(c) Purchase the University's Basic Limited and Extended group plan for health and accident insurance, meeting university minimum guidelines or federal minimum guidelines. All non-immigrant students must meet these guidelines; OR provide proof of government-sponsored major medical insurance coverage which is the only accepted alternative to the University's Basic Limited and Extended group plan.
(3) Western Oregon University will implement this policy according to the following processes:
(a) The Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs will make students aware that major medical health and accident insurance is required for spouses and children. This will be accomplished by mailing an information sheet along with the student's official admissions letter and adding the insurance fee to the school expense list on the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20/DX-2019). Subsequent notification may be sent from the International Students and Scholars Affairs Office.
(b) The Student Health Center will evaluate each student's Health History Form for completeness and immunize students, as necessary.
(c) The Student Health Center will require a current tuberculin skin test or chest x-ray for each international student.
(d) The Student Health Center will issue each international student a valid health card, temporary or permanent, once the student's Health History Form and screening for tuberculosis are completed.
(e) All international students will be charged automatically for the Western Oregon University student insurance plan and student health fee for the full academic year. An adequate insurance policy must be in effect every term that a student is in student status, including summer term, until the first day of fall term. Students who are not graduating or otherwise withdrawing spring term will have summer insurance charges posted to their account during fee payment of spring term.
(f) The Student Health Center will put a hold on registration for all international students until they have completed the requirements of this policy. After verifying that a valid health card has been issued and that appropriate health and accident insurance has been purchased, the Student Health Center will lift the hold on registration and allow the student to register.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 351
Stats. Implemented: ORS 351.070 & 351.072
Hist.: WOSC 4-1989, f. & cert. ef. 9-7-89; WOU 1-1999, f. & cert. ef. 2-15-99; WOU 3-2003, f. & cert. ef. 10-28-03; WOU 2-2008, f. & cert. ef. 9-3-08