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TC3 Student Health Services...where all HEALTH breaks loose.

TC3 Health Services is committed to providing an environment that enhances the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and mental health of the college community through accessible preventative, educational, and basic health care services.

We are your connection to better health!

According to the National College Health Assessment, stress and illness due to the cold or flu are the most common causes of academic failure. That’s right. In addition to attending classes, studying, and other factors, your success at TC3 may depend simply on staying healthy.   

Ebola News

Please be aware that:

  • The risk of Ebola transmission in the U.S. is VERY LOW, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). No cases of Ebola transmission have been reported anywhere in the United States.
  • TC3 Health Services will be in contact with students who are from or have been traveling in the currently affected region. As yet, no faculty or staff members have been identified as having been in situations of potential exposure. 
  • The CDC has issued their highest level of travel warning against any nonessential travel to the affected areas. Anyone considering travel to Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, or Nigeria should submit an ITART application 2 to 6 weeks before their intended travel.
  • Cayuga Medical Center is accustomed to caring for international students and travelers and use CDC-recommended protocols for screening, evaluation, isolation and protective procedures.
  • We will continue to work with our community and public health partners to monitor the situation, and we will provide timely information regarding any change in the level of risk and adjustments in policies or procedures. 

Health Services staff are prepared to be of assistance to members of the TC3 community with questions or concerns.

For additional infomration refer to CDC Ebola Informationon and CDC travel notices.

Maintain a healthy immune system to boost your chances of reducing the severity of an illness (or even avoid it all together).

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes and mouth.
  • Keep your distance from others when you or they have a cough.
  • Make sure your diet includes plenty of fruits and vegetables balanced with other major food groups.
  • Get some sleep! Your body needs to recover AND your brain needs to process lots of new information each day.
  • Exercise at least a little bit every day.
  • Don’t let stress get to you. Learn ways to manage stress that work for you.

Health Insurance

TC3 no longer mandates residential students carry the health insurance policy offered by the college through Haylor, Freyer & Coon.  All currently enrolled students are charged a health fee allowing access to Student Health Services during operational hours. The Health Center offers excellent care but is limited in the degree of health services available. X-rays, transportation to the hospital, and emergency care are examples of services not provided by the Student Health Center.

We are concerned that students may be uninsured or not have adequate coverage for the Tompkins/Cortland county area.  If a serious illness or emergency occurs that demands attention from a medical provider or hospital in the Tompkins/Cortland area, the expense can create a financial burden.

TC3 is happy to offer a voluntary insurance plan that covers illness and prevention health services. The policy is in compliance with the Federal and NY State Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Please refer to our broker, Haylor, Freyer & Coon for further information.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Heroin/Opioid Education

Due to the growing concern in the state, Governor Cuomo has mandated heroin/opioid education for all new students in the SUNY system.

The Panther Fitness Challenge

A 10-week fitness and weight loss team competition for enrolled TC3 students.

The Panther Fitness Challenge

more info

The Options Program

optionsThe Options Program is Tompkins Cortland Community College’s confidential, short-term alcohol and drug education and counseling service. 

The mission of the Options Program is to support student learning and promote campus and community wellness by reducing alcohol and other drug abuse and related consequences. 

Student Health 101 eMagazine

magazineCheck out the new monthly eMagazine devoted to student health – Student Health 101. There is a separate issue each month customized for parents and student advocates.

Also see Student Health 101’s General Health Guide.

Go Ask Alice

Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet resource produced by the Alice! Health Promotion Program at Columbia University, a division of Health Services at Columbia. Information provided by Go Ask Alice! is not medical advice and not meant to replace consultation with a health care professional.

Community Coalition for Healthy Youth

Community Coalition for Healthy New York

Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive

  • Now available in the Student Health Center, Room 118A
  • No appointment necessary
  • Must be 17 years old.
  • $15.00

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Cold and Flu Health Information

Cold and flu season is upon us. Here are some helpful tips that can get you through.

Do you have to be ill to use the Health Center?

Of course not. We encourage students to take charge of their health by engaging in activities that promote optimal wellness. Such activities include making healthy life-style choices and becoming knowledgeable about personal self-care. No question is considered too trivial. Feel free to stop by or make an appointment concerning your health questions.

607.844.8222, Ext. 4487

Stomach “Bug”

The CDC and Gannett Health Services at Cornell have information that may help you if you come down with viral gastroenteritis.

TC3 Health Excuse Policy

TC3 Health Services does not provide excuses for routine illnesses, injuries, and mental health problems that may lead to missed classes, labs, exams, or deadlines. This policy resembles those of most other post secondary institutions and is consistent with the recommendations of the American College Health Association. TC3 expects that students are honest with their professors regarding their ability to complete work, and professors are expected to work with students on these issues within the clear expectations that they set for their students. Counseling staff are available to discuss concerns about attendance or other issues.

Assistance with serious, ongoing illness or injury

When a student is hospitalized or has a serious ongoing illness or injury, TC3 Health Services will contact the Dean of Students office to coordinate communication with the student’s professors with student consent. If documented academic accommodations are necessary, TC3 Health Services will contact the Coordinator for Access and Equity.