The campus blood drives are part of activities on campus therefore considered to be an "invited" function for the LSU campus, and all donor agencies are considered the invitee.

Each individual agency/sponsoring organization is responsible for educating their respective representatives concerning the following policies and procedures:

  • All blood drives held on the LSU campus are to be requested at least two weeks prior via the representative of the LSU Student Health Center.
  • The schedule for all blood drives will be determined at the annual meeting of all potential agencies and the LSU representative(s) to be held in March of each year. This only applies to campus-wide blood drives.
  • The rotation and placement for mobile units will be determined at the annual meeting. Final approval is required from the Director of Parking and Transportation. Once this is granted, all agencies will receive the final schedule.
  • Presently, all mobile units park on Tower Drive for campus-wide drives. Volunteer donors are rotated equally amongst the agencies utilizing one table for obtaining required information and registration.
  • Any/all changes in schedule dates or locations require approval by the Student Health Center representative/LSU at which time all agencies will be notified prior to executing the changes.
  • Emergency Blood Drives are permitted; however the requesting party must follow all approval and registration procedures as explained in this document.
  • Advertising for the blood drives is to comply with the following:
    • The LSU Student Health Center is responsible for designing and requesting advertising via the computer system for LSU students, staff and faculty.
    • Individual agency posters are to be delivered to the Wellness Education Department two weeks prior to the blood drive. The Wellness Education Department will place the posters in appropriate locations.
    • Individual agencies may procure additional publicity via the Reveille or KLSU; however, all locations and agencies must be listed/mentioned in any written/audio advertisements.
    • The Homecoming Committee will provide a single poster for advertisement which the Wellness Education Department or Homecoming Committee will strategically place throughout the campus. (Only applies when blood drives are held during the Homecoming Week festivities).
  • Sustenance and Prizes:
    • Minimal snacks such as candy bars, peanut butter crackers, soft drinks, and/or fruit juice may be provided to donors.
    • T-shirts supplied by the blood donor agency may be distributed to donors.
    • Not allowed: hotdogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, drink coupons. Large prize give-a-ways such as televisions, computers, vacations, etc., are also prohibited.
  • Homecoming Blood Drive - this drive encompasses a competitive, festive atmosphere and requires additional reporting and tallying of donors and their respective organizations. It is imperative that each donor agency comply with timely accurate reporting. Additionally, all specific guidelines for the Homecoming Blood Drive Activities must be met. (Only applies when blood drives are held during the Homecoming Week festivities).
  • Each agency is to send a written copy of the number donations received one week following the campus blood drive.
  • If, at any time, a single agency is unable to fulfill their commitment at a particular location/time on the LSU campus they are to notify the LSU Student Health Center representative as soon as possible so that an alternative plan can be formulated.

Should any of the above policies be disregarded, the sponsoring group or blood donor agency engaging in the infraction will no longer be allowed/ invited to participate in LSU Campus Blood Drives.

Petitions for changes to your birth name and/or gender are mandated through The Office of the University Registrar. Changes must be accompanied by evidence of current use or legal change. We advise you contact the Registrar first (see below) to ensure you have acceptable documentation which may include, but is not limited to: (1) marriage license; (2) birth certificate; (3) driver's license; (4) social security card; (5) court order; (6) passport.

Office of the University Registrar
Louisiana State University
112 Thomas Boyd
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Tel: 225-578-1686
Fax: 225-578-5991

Stephanie Lindsly

The provision of safe, effective heath care is based on a relationship of mutual trust and respect between the health care provider and the patient. Occasionally this relationship may be seriously disrupted by acts or omissions of the patient or others thus requiring the dismissal of the patient from care and/or loss of eligibility for care.

Situations that may warrant dismissal of a patient from care, or loss of eligibility for care, at the Student Health Center (SHC) include:

  • Persistent refusal to follow, or a history of failure to comply with, prescribed treatment protocols and procedures, including refusal to accept referral to a higher level of care due to the patient’s complex medical and/or mental health problems which are beyond the resources/capacity of the SHC.
  • Tampering, altering, or otherwise improper or illegal use of prescriptions or medications.
  • Misrepresentation of identity or other information provided to the SHC.
  • Disruptive, persistently rude or otherwise offensive behavior toward staff members, patients or visitors.
  • Violent or aggressive behavior or threats (with or without physical contact) directed toward staff members, patients or visitors.
  • Failure to comply with behavioral standards included in the LSU Code of Student Conduct or other University policies or procedures.

Situations that may warrant dismissal from care, or loss of eligibility for care, may be referred by any concerned staff member to the Executive Director. The complaint will be reviewed by the Executive Director, in conjunction with the service unit directors. An affirmative decision to dismiss a patient from care or loss of eligibility for care will apply to all service units in the SHC unless specifically stated otherwise. If evidence exists of a breach of the Code of Student Conduct, the Executive Director will notify the Dean of Students. 

The staff of the Student Health Center values diversity and strives to create a welcoming, safe, and respectful environment for individuals of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to continuing our efforts to provide services which are sensitive to individuals with diverse backgrounds including race, creed, color, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, or veteran’s status.

Section I: Eligibility for Student Health Center (SHC) Services

A. LSU Students

Full-Time Students
All students who are identified by the University as full-time students pay the Student Health Fee, which is included in their tuition and fees.

Part-Time Students
Part-time students have the option to pay the Student Health Fee. They can elect to pay the fee when they register for classes or at any time during the semester. They start receiving services at the time they pay the fee. If a student has dropped from full-time to part-time status during a semester and has received a full or partial refund of the Student Health Fee from the Office of Bursar Operations, that student must repay the remainder of the SHC to continue to be eligible.

Students Not Enrolled During the Summer
Students who are not enrolled in the Summer semester, but were enrolled in LSU (part-time or full-time) the prior Spring semester and have classes scheduled for the Fall semester continue to be eligible for services, if they pay the Student Health Fee. "Classes scheduled” means classes are scheduled as verified in the University system. It does not necessarily mean fees are paid.

Non-enrolled students who have the option to buy and students who have not paid the Student Health Center Fee are allowed to continue receiving contraceptive or allergy injections or if they are in the midst of a series, and they will only be charged for the injections. However, if they wish to access any other services, they must pay the Student Health Center Fee.

Follow Up Visits
Students who are enrolled or eligible may be allowed to have a simple follow up visit based on the provider's recommendation and need to reassess a new issue treated at the end of the eligibility period. The follow up visit should be scheduled at the time of the last visit (during the eligibility period).

Students Who Resign
If a student resigns from the University and receives a refund of any portion of his/her Student Health Fee, that student is ineligible for further SHC services until such time as he/she regains his/her eligibility pursuant to Sections I.A.1, I.A.2, and/or I.A.3 of this policy; provided, however, that upon resignation, that student is eligible for one follow-up visit within 30 days as necessary at the discretion of the provider.

If a student resigns from the University and does not receive a refund of any portion of his/her Student Health Fee, then that student remains eligible for services ONLY if s/he has classes scheduled for the following semester; if that student does not have classes scheduled for the following semester, s/he becomes ineligible for service except for one follow-up visit. Non-student spouses lose their eligibility if, and when, their student spouse does.

B. Non-LSU Students

Non-Student Legal Spouses
If their student spouse is eligible to pay for services, non-student spouses have the option to pay the Student Health Fee, and have access to the same services. Students must sign an agreement each semester on the Fee Schedule Form acknowledging that they will be billed for their spouse's semester fee and other charges.

Children of students are not eligible for SHC services. If they are covered by the University-sponsored student insurance plan, a list of preferred providers is available under the “Insurance and Fees” tab located on the SHC website www.lsu.edu/shc.

New Entering Students
New students entering LSU, once they have scheduled classes, are eligible to receive immunizations and the TB test during the prior semester, without paying a fee other than the cost of the injection/ test, due at the time of service. Students who have scheduled classes for the Fall semester are eligible for all services beginning the day after Spring commencement, if they pay the Student Health Fee.

C. LSU Employees

LSU employees are eligible for the following SHC services (Charges are applicable.):

Flu and Covid Vaccines (when available).

Allergy injections.

Employees may obtain SHC services, related to the scope of the departmental duties, with prior written departmental authorization. The authorization must include: sponsoring University department name and account number, which SHC service the department is requesting, patient name and LSUID.

D. LSU Retirees

LSU retirees are eligible for the same services as LSU employees. Payment is due at the time of service.

E. Visitors

Individuals who are visiting campus on official University business are eligible for SHC primary medical care services. Special consideration may be given to and/or financial arrangements made with large groups, based on the Executive Director’s discretion.

F. Special Programs

Individuals who are enrolled in a special program at the University are eligible for SHC primary medical care services, if a departmental contractual agreement exists. Payment is defined in the terms of the individual special program agreement.

Section II: Semester Definition

A. Fall Semester

The Fall Semester begins the day after Summer commencement and ends December 31. Fall intercession is considered part of the Fall Semester.

B. Spring Semester

The Spring Semester begins January 1 and ends the day of Spring commencement. Spring intercession is considered part of Spring Semester.

C. Summer Term

The Summer Term begins the day after Spring commencement and ends the day of Summer commencement. Summer intercession is considered part of Summer Term.

Section III: Charges for Student Health Center Services

A. Service Charges

Medical Clinics/ Ancillary Services
There are charges for visits to clinicians in the Medical Clinic, the Gynecology Clinic and the Specialty Clinics in addition to charges for diagnostic imaging, laboratory, injections, pathology specimens, and other special procedures.

Mental Health Service Charges
There are no additional charges for visits to see a clinician in Mental Health Service, with the exception of the psychiatrist. Additional charges apply for testing and other services.

Wellness and Health Promotion Charges
There are no additional charges for services in the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion, with the exception of the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems self-defense course for women.

B. Refunds of Fees/ Charges

It is the policy of the Student Health Center not to refund semester fees or charges for services provided in good faith. A student may request a refund in writing to: Executive Director, Student Health Center, 16 Infirmary Lane, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.

C. Fee Schedule

Fall and Spring Semesters

    • Full-time students: $185 Student Health Fee (included in tuition and fees)
    • Part-time students: $185 Student Health Fee (option to buy)
    • Non-student legal spouses: $185 Student Health Fee (student spouse must be eligible to pay for services)

Summer Term

    • Students with six or more credit hours: $105 Student Health Fee (included in tuition and fees)
    • Students with less than six credit hours: $105 Student Health Fee (option to buy)
    • Non-student legal spouses: $105 Student Health Fee (student spouse must be eligible to pay for services)

Members of the Media

The Student Health Center staff is happy to share information about emerging health issues as well as available health services. We welcome the chance to dialogue with you, members of the media. However, in order to protect the privacy of our patients and clients, no audio recordings, no video, digital, or still photography, and no reporters are allowed in our facilities or at programs we present without permission of the Health Center administration. Further, we request that you provide a reasonable timeframe, at least 48 hours, in which to accommodate your request. 

To request an interview or photograph

Contact Julie Hupperich, Executive Director at jhupp@lsu.edu or 225-578-5717 for assistance in identifying the appropriate contacts at the Health Center.

Background research

Please review the Student Health Center website in its entirety to obtain more information about our services and upcoming initiatives.

Media Management Policy

In keeping with the educational mission of the University, the Student Health Center staff, when able, will be available to share information about emerging health issues as well as health services available at the Center with members of the media. However, in order to protect the privacy of our patients and clients, no audio recordings, no video, digital, or still photography, and no reporters are allowed in our facilities or at programs we present without permission of the administration.

The Executive Director will serve as the primary contact for all media request. S/he will then delegate the request to the individual most appropriate to manage it, based on their expertise and availability.

All local, regional and national media request require the approval of the Director and the Office of Public Affairs.

Requests should be made at least 48 hours prior to the stated deadline. If given shorter notice, the request may be denied.

Representatives from the media will be directed to the Health Center website, www.lsu.edu/shc, as part of their background research, to review information on Health Center services and upcoming initiatives.

Our Policy 

The LSU Student Health Center clinicians, with the approval of the Office of Academic Affairs, do not provide class excuses. If a student has an illness, injury, or deterioration in mental health status that would impact class attendance, assignments or exams, we encourage the student to follow the process below.

1. Communicate directly with the instructor/faculty member and allow a reasonable amount of time for a response. The following documentation may be included, if treated at the Student Health Center:
    • A copy of the appointment confirmation email or
    • A copy of the appointment statement which can be found on the Patient Portal; the financial and health information may be removed by the student prior to sending.   

2. Contact the department chair if no response or what is considered to be an unfair response is received and allow for a reasonable amount of time for a response. 

3. Contact the dean of the college with any challenges, only after every effort to resolve the issue at the departmental level, as listed above, is made without success.

Our Intent

It is the intent of this policy to help the Student Health Center direct its limited resources to fulfilling its mission of providing quality health care rather than attempting to legitimize a student's decision whether or not they are well enough to attend class. Many health issues are mild and self limited, and can be managed quite well by the individual on their own at home. An appointment made of the sole purpose of obtaining documentation to excuse an absence involves the inefficient use of time and resources on both the part of the student and the Health Center, and serves no healthcare function. An absence from class is an administrative matter, not a healthcare one, and the resolution of this matter is between faculty and students. It is the student's responsibility to communicate directly with the faculty regarding conditions that may interfere with attendance, and any decision about the impact of the absence rests with the instructors.


If a student misses extensive class work due to a prolonged health issue or serious injury that was treated at the Student Health Center, the clinician will work with the student to provide appropriate documentation. Respecting a student's right to privacy, we cannot release any health information unless the student has signed an Authorization to Release Health Records form.

This policy was initiated in the Summer of 2000, with the approval of the Office of Academic Affairs. It is compliant with the University Policy Statement 22, Revision 3, concerning Student Absence from Class. Further, it is consistent with recommendations of the American College Health Association, as well as the policies of our peer institutions.

As outlined in the Patient’s Rights & Responsibilities, all patients have the right to every consideration of privacy concerning their care. All aspects of care, discussion, consultation, examination, treatment and documentation are absolutely confidential and must be treated as such.

In addition to the Notice of Privacy Practices Policy (see attached) that is provided to all patients, the Student Health Center (SHC) will assure:

  1. All care givers close examination doors when patients are brought to examination rooms unless the health care professional and/or patient’s safety is an issue.
  2. Electronic Health Record information and /or paper work is not accessible (open computer, written documentation, etc.) to the patient waiting to be examined by the provider or visible while passing through the work area.
  3. Privacy drapes are drawn so the patient cannot be viewed by people passing by, should the door be opened momentarily.
  4. Any conversation regarding patients must be guarded so that people passing by or in the nearby area cannot accidentally overhear.
  5. Health information pertaining to the patient may not be released without a signed written consent form, except when required by law.
  6. Any paper work containing Protected Health Information (PHI)is shredded in the SHC shredder and not discarded in the regular trash bin.

Only authorized staff and designated Student Health Center professionals shall be allowed in the patient care areas. Visitors of the patient may be allowed in the patient care areas, at the discretion of the medical provider and with the consent of the patient.

Health care industry representatives, pharmaceutical representatives, and surveyors should check in at the front desk, state their reason for the visit, and then be escorted to the designated non-patient care area. Access to patient care areas shall only be granted to these representatives if deemed necessary for their visit and with the consent of the patient.

All other visitors of the Student Health Center shall be directed to Administration for appropriate routing and directions.

View the Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information

The Patient Access Department is responsible for the collection, processing, storage, maintenance, retrieval, distribution, security and confidentiality of all patient's medical records. It is responsible for assuring that all clinical information relevant to a patient is accessible to authorized health care providers. For mental health records, contact the Mental Health Service at 225-578-8774.

Requests for copies of your medical records are made using the Release of Information form. A copy of a picture ID must be submitted with the form for ID verification purposes. If you have any questions, please contact Medical Records at 225-578-5672 or medicalrecords@lsu.edu.

Authorizations may be faxed to 225-578-0596, emailed, mailed or brought to us. Results of medical diagnostic tests will not be released before your doctor or nurse has informed you of the results.

View Release of Information.