Treatments and Services

Student Health Services recognizes the strong connection between individual wellbeing, a healthy campus environment, and student success. As an experienced medical team, Student Health Services is committed to providing responsive, confidential, and high-quality care for Colgate’s diverse student community.

Specializing in the treatment and care of college students, the department offers a wide range of services to address your medical concerns. Please feel comfortable approaching the team with any medical issue or question you may have.

To increase your odds of obtaining a same-day appointment, please call Student Health Services at 315-228-7750 as early as possible.  Quick Care Walk-in Clinic is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., for minor illnesses and injuries.  Depending on demand, waiting times may vary.

Students may need psychological support for a variety of reasons, including: family issues, academic stress, adjusting to college, relationship problems, and depression/anxiety symptoms. Student Health Services encourages any student who may be experiencing psychological distress to seek services through Colgate’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services at Conant House. Other campus offices that may be utilized include the Chaplain’s OfficeAcademic Support and Disabilities Services, Haven - Sexual Violence Support & Resources, and your Administrative Dean.

Student Health Services (SHS) works closely with Colgate's Office of Counseling and Psychological Services to provide coordinated care to students in need of mental health services.  In consultation with the Counseling Center staff and the university's consulting psychiatrist, SHS providers offer monitored support for students whose treatment recommendations include medical or an adjustment to an existing prescription.

The department’s goal is to help students achieve and maintain a balanced state of mental health and physical health in order to meet the demands of their academics to their fullest potential.

If your illness requires medication, Student Health Services stocks a select group of commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications. While many medications are free to students, there are minimal charges for a few medications.

Prescription Medications

Student Health Services cannot fill prescriptions written by providers outside of the Health Center. A limited selection of commonly prescribed medications are available for purchase when prescribed by an SHS clinician. For your convenience, with an established account, a local pharmacy will deliver prescriptions for pick up at Student Health Services.  

Hamilton Pharmacies

Kinney Drugs
103 Utica Street
Hamilton, NY 
315-824-2200

Dougherty Pharmacy
1017 Madison Marketplace
Hamilton, NY 
315-825-9800

Other area pharmacies

CVS (14 miles)
268 Sanger Avenue
Waterville, NY
315-841-4447

Rite Aid (20 miles)
95 Nelson Street
Cazenovia, NY
315-655-4450

Walmart (22 miles)
2024 Genesee Street
Oneida, NY
315-361-1037

Limited on-site lab tests are available, for a minimal charge, at Student Health Services.  

Basic lab tests include:

  • Urinalysis
  • Pregnancy
  • Rapid influenza
  • Rapid oral HIV  
  • Rapid strep

When students require additional testing, they are referred to an outside reference laboratory or Community Memorial Hospital laboratory, and their health insurance Is charged.

Please contact one of the following providers with your dental health concerns.

Dr. Scot Ioset 
34 Broad Street 
Hamilton, NY 
315-824-3338

Dr. Devan Berry 

17 Payne Street
Hamilton, NY 
315-824-2250


Dr. Robert Jackson 

59 North Main Street 
Earlville, NY 13332 
315-691-6502


Bassett Healthcare Hamilton-Madison 
1055 Madison Marketplace
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-825-3100 

Oral and maxillofacial surgery 
Drs. Viktus, Scutari, and Cardoso 
301 Genesee Street, #6F 
Oneida, NY 13421 
315-363-8233

Emergency Dental Care 
Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare 
1656 Champlin Avenue 
Utica, NY 13501 
315-624-6112

Please contact one of the following providers with your eye health concerns.

Eyecare of CNY
2730 State Route 12B
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-824-3453


Chenango Eye Associates

4 Eaton Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-824-8362


Allen Eye Associates

131 Main Street, Suite 202
Oneida, NY 13421
315-675-5321

Student Health Services is happy to assist you with your New York State Drivers License Renewal by performing the vision test for you at no charge. This form can then be submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Kinney Drugs in Hamilton can also perform the eye test through the pharmacy for a fee.  The results are then submitted online directly to the DMV, allowing you to complete your renewal online as well. The pharmacy hours are 8:30 a.m.– 8:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number for Kinney Drugs is 315-824-2200.

Student Health Services provides travel consultations tailored to students’ particular itinerary for travel out of the country for both study-abroad programs or personal travel.  SHS staff is well-prepared to address medical questions about traveling abroad and can arrange and coordinate any required or recommended immunizations and medications needed to ensure safe travel.  

SHS recommend students schedule a travel consultation appointment at least six to eight weeks prior to departure, as some vaccinations need to be administered more than one month before travel.

Student Health Services offers the following routine and travel immunizations*:  

  • Gardasil (HPV vaccine)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal (Menactra)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Travel immunizations
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Varicella (Chicken pox)

*Please see Student Health Costs for a current listing of immunizations charges.  Students will be charged for the cost of the immunization only; there is no charge for administering the vaccine.  

Immunization Requirements

 

All students must comply with New York State and Colgate University immunization requirements.  New York State law mandates that students will be disenrolled from classes if this information is not submitted within the allotted time.  

Immunization records from your doctor’s office or school may be used as your verification documentation.  

All forms of proof must be in English.  

What do I need:

Read and sign the meningitis receipt of information section of the Immunization Records Form

Who is required:

  • All students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes

What do I need:

Either:

  • Proof of meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV-ACYW) on or after age 16 or
  • Declination of meningococcal vaccination and sign Immunization form, Part II.

Who is required:

  • All students age 21 or younger
  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours
  • Due before the start of classes
  • Verification of date by a healthcare provider or school official

What do I need:

  • Proof of 2 valid MMR vaccines (measles, mumps, and rubella) given after first birthday
  • If MMR record not available blood titers for each disease may be submitted

AND

  • Dose two given at age 4-6 years or later, and at least one month after first dose

Who is required:

  • All students born on or after 1/1/1957 and enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • 1st vaccine must be given after first birthday
  • Must be in English
  • Dates verified by a health care provider or school official

 

What do I need:

  • Primary series of at least four doses with Dtap or DTP

AND

  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) booster (one dose as an adult within the last ten years)

Who is required:

  • All students

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • Must be in English
  • Dates verified by a health care provider or school official

What do I need:

  • Primary series of vaccines in childhood

Who is required:

  • All students

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • Must be in English
  • Dates verified by a health care provider or school official

What do I need:

  • Either a history of chickenpox, a positive Varicella antibody, or two doses of vaccine given at least one month apart

Who is required:

  • All students

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • Must be in English
  • Dates verified by a health care provider or school official

What do I need:

  • Three doses of vaccine or a positive Hepatitis surface antibody

Required of:

  • All students

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • Must be in English
  • Dates verified by a health care provider or school official

What do I need:

  • Series of 3 valid doses over 6 months (HPV-4 or HPV-9)

Required of:

  • All students

Additional Information:

  • Protects against types of HPV – the virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer
  • Due before the start of classes
  • Must be in English
  • Dates verified by a health care provider or school official

What do I need:

  • 1 dose annually

Recommended for:

  • All students, especially those with a chronic illness or a condition/medication that affects the immune system

Additional Information:

  • Usually available seasonally from Student Health Services for a fee

Additional Information:

  • Sufficient documentation must be submitted by the student’s medical provider including a reason for contraindication and end date if applicable or other documents.  

Additional Information:

If you were honorably discharged within 10 years from the date of your application to Colgate, you can submit your armed forces official vaccination records as proof of immunization.  

  • If there is a delay in obtaining your official vaccination records, the DD 214 Form (Separation of Service) will enable you to attend classes temporarily.  
  • PLEASE NOTE:  DD 214 does not fulfill the immunization requirements.  Student Health Services must still receive your vaccination records.  
  • If you are enrolled in 6 or more credit hours, you are considered a student under the New York State Public Health Law 2165/2167.
  • Therefore, Colgate University employees and family members must comply with established New York State and Colgate immunization requirements regardless of how long you have been associated with the university.  

Medical care at Student Health Services is strictly confidential.

The privacy and confidentiality of your health record are protected by law. Colgate University’s health records are maintained through a secure electronic health records (EHR) system and are completely separate from all other University records. Student Health Services will not release any of your health information without your written permission, except in the following instances:

  • In the event of your treatment at Community Memorial Hospital or another hospital or urgent care center, the community provider and Student Health Services will share relevant health information as needed for continuity of care.
  • If, in our judgment, releasing information is necessary to protect you or others from a serious threat to health or safety.
  • If it is authorized or required by law.

Similarly, Student Health Services does not routinely share information about your care with parents, faculty, or deans without your permission. Health information will be discussed with parents and faculty only at your request and with your written permission.

If you have any concerns about the confidentiality of our services, please speak with one of your healthcare providers.

  1. Be treated with respect, dignity and consideration without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status.  
  2. Have all aspects of your care explained to you in understandable terms and any questions answered.
  3. Discuss treatment options and their effectiveness, possible risks and side effects.
  4. Participate in decisions about your care and to give your informed consent to any diagnostic procedure.
  5. Have access to resources for health education regarding wellness/self-care and prevention of illness.  
  6. Be assured of the confidential treatment of disclosures and records and to have the opportunity to approve or refuse the release of such information except when release of specific information is required by law or is necessary to safeguard you or the university community.
  7. Refuse any medical treatment or procedure and to be informed of the consequences of such a decision.
  8. Receive information and/or guidance for continuing care to maintain optimal health.
  9. Receive appropriate referrals to other providers and services.
  10. An explanation of any financial obligations or charges.
  11. Discuss concerns about the care you receive.  
  12. Review your medical record with a clinician.  
  13. Refuse to participate in any research project. 
  1. Understand and use these rights.
  2. Seek medical attention promptly.
  3. Provide accurate and complete information about your past health history, that of your family, current status, relevant personal habits, and any other information pertinent to the public health of the campus community.
  4. Inform your care provider of any changes in your health status that could affect your treatment.
  5. Assist health care providers to compile a complete medical record by authorizing the Student Health Services to obtain necessary medical information from appropriate sources.
  6. Ask questions and get clarification regarding your condition or any suggested treatment.
  7. Ask about anything you do not understand.
  8. Follow the prescribed treatment plan and discuss any desired changes.
  9. Be considerate of other patients and Student Health Services staff.  
  10. Treat Student Health Services’ staff with courtesy and respect.
  11. Be prompt for scheduled appointments.
  12. Cancel appointments if you are unable to keep them.
  13. Accept financial responsibility for any charges you have incurred.