Office of Health and Counseling Services

Office of Health and Counseling Services

The Office of Counseling Services provides university students with individual and group assistance for adapting to stressful situations while attending DSU. The professional staff are trained to help with clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, anger, trauma and alcohol and drug abuse. The Center also provides alcohol, and chemical dependency information, brochures, and treatment referrals. Other services include assistance for: adjusting to the university environment; resolving relationship issues with a roommate, professor, parents or significant other; choosing a vocation; selecting a major; and, solving personal, social and educational difficulties.

Counseling services are also available to faculty and staff. These services are FREE and confidential to students, faculty and staff. To schedule a consultation with a counselor,  please click on the link below:

Campus Counseling (Non-emergency reporting)

This form is used to report “non-emergency” behavioral, emotional and/or mental health concerns regarding DSU students. If you have questions regarding campus counseling services, please contact us at counselingandtesting@deltastate.edu or call us at (662) 846-4690.

988 Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
In the event of an after-hours emergency, please contact University Police at (662) 846-4155 or call 911.

Your health is important to us at Delta State University! O.W. Reily Student Health Services offers basic medical care and behavioral health consultation to the Delta State Community.

Student Health Services provides:

  • High quality, FREE, accessible, integrated health services
  • A safe environment respecting students of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status and any other status protected by applicable state or federal law
  • Confidential services
    • HIPAA: The Privacy Rule, a federal law, gives you rights over your health information and sets rules and limits on who can look at and receive your health information.
    • FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records; to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records.

The O.W. Reily Student Health Center offers a wide variety of general health and wellness services to ensure students are healthy. The nurse practitioner on staff is very knowledgeable and experienced.

The laws affecting college students with disabilities and the process of obtaining assistive technology in college are completely different from the K-12 world.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is not in effect in higher education.  Colleges have no legal responsibility to identify students with disabilities or involve parents in decision making.  Parents are often surprised to learn that there are no IEP’s in college!  Rather, in higher education the relevant law is a civil rights law – it protects people with disabilities from discrimination in admission to college and participation in college activities.  The two federal laws that provide this protection are section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (originally passed in 1973, with subsequent re-authorizations), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (passed in 1990).  The ADA states: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs. or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.”

In other words, a disability cannot be grounds for excluding a person from college, an academic program, a class, a residence hall, or a college activity, if the person is qualified.  Documentation from a professional determines qualification at the higher education level.

Again, learning that the IDEA does not apply to higher education and that college students have a much greater responsibility if they are to receive accommodations (and parents have a greatly reduced role) is often a shock for students and their parents. Unlike the IDEA, which under its “zero reject” policy, guarantees an education to all school-aged children, regardless of ability, the ADA protects only those individuals who meet the stated qualifications of a college or program.  The phrase “otherwise qualified”in the ADA means that only those people who are able to meet the technical and academic qualifications for entry into a college, program, or activity are protected by the ADA.  This means that although colleges are required to make what are called minor academic adjustments, they are not required to make substantial modifications to their curricula or course requirements.  A good example of how this differs from the K-12 world is although a reasonable accommodation may be extended time on tests and/or a distraction-free environment for testing, the law does not require colleges to modify the contents of an exam.  Another example is that colleges are not obligated to provide students with disabilities more intensive tutoring services than they provide to non-disabled students.

DSU Disability services requires “recent documentation of the disability from a professional qualified to make a diagnosis.”  Recent refers to 3-5 years.  Qualified to diagnose refers to MD, Psychologist, Psychometrist, per the type of disability.  The main documentation needed is the actual diagnosis, on letterhead with signature.  Recommendations can be listed if the professional desires.  Psychologists and Psychometrists typically add testing and results to the diagnosis.

The intent of the laws that require universities to make accommodations for students with disabilities is to ensure that these students have an equal opportunity to  learn and to ensure that they are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability. It is the purpose of the accommodations plan to accomplish these goals without compromising the academic integrity of the university or individual class. Responsibility for the success of services for students with disabilities belongs to all involved.

Students requesting accommodations due to a disability have the following responsibilities:

  • Identify themselves to the ADA Coordinator to initiate the accommodations process
  • Provide the ADA Coordinator with recent documentation of the disability from a professional qualified to make a diagnosis ( In most cases the documentation of the disability should be no more that three years old)
  • Request specific, approved accommodations from professors in a timely manner
  • Maintain academic requirements of the university
  • Per federal guidelines: Re-request every term you wish to receive accommodations

Faculty members have the following responsibilities:

  • Include a statement about self identification in class syllabi and refer students who disclose disabilities to Disability Services
  • Meet with students who have an accommodations plan to discuss how the accommodations can best be provided
  • Cooperate with the ADA Coordinator in providing the approved accommodations
  • Participate in executing the accommodations plan
  • Professors are not expected to provide accommodations without an accommodations plan, provide accommodations not on the plan, or offer make up work for the time prior to the accommodations plan

The ADA Coordinator has the following responsibilities:

  • Maintain a file which contains appropriate documentation for each student who had identified him/herself as disabled
  • Schedule and participate in accommodations planning
  • Keep both faculty and students informed about issues concerning disabilities
  • Assist professors in providing approved accommodations when requested
  • Refer students to other programs for assistance as appropriate
  • Provide tutoring and counseling assistance to students
  • Cooperate with state and local agencies in providing services to students with disabilities

For more information, please contact Disability Services at 662-846-4690.

The Office of Health and Counseling Services provides outreach services to the students, staff, and faculty at Delta State University as well as the surrounding communities. Outreach efforts include but are not limited to the following:

  • classroom presentations
  • workshops
  • tabling at campus events
  • psycho-educational programming

Our goal at the Office of Health and Counseling Services is to support the health and wellness of the members of our Delta State community. By going beyond the walls of our offices and reaching out to the campus community, we hope to raise awareness, increase knowledge, and build skills.

Contact

O.W. Reily Student Health Center
DSU Box 3303
Cleveland, MS 38733
P: (662) 846-4630

  Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM