Student Health Services

The Office of Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to the safety of every student. In addition to robust cleaning practices and PPE requirements, students can expect to find physically distanced waiting spaces and contact free check-in for visits. SHS is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 115 Dr. Jimmy Carr Drive, near Starbucks.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have a temperature of 100.4ºF or more, or have a known exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19, quarantine immediately and complete the online COVID-19 Screening Form to receive a phone call for further advice from Student Health Services. Students who suspect they may have COVID-19 should not come to the Student Health Services office in person unless instructed to do so via phone call from Student Health Services. If you are in immediate distress, call Public Safety at 501-279-5000 to assist with transport for emergency care. If you are not in immediate distress, treat your symptoms if needed (such as acetaminophen/ibuprofen for fever) while awaiting further advice from Student Health Services.

Students with health circumstances occurring after hours that require immediate assistance are encouraged to seek medical attention in the urgent care or emergency setting. If immediate assistance is not required, students with symptoms of coronavirus should quarantine immediately and seek medical evaluation when normal operating hours resume.

Mental Health and Counseling Center

The Counseling Center will be open and provide mental health resources and services to students and employees according to guidelines set forth by the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health, and Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. The Counseling Center reception and waiting area are arranged to provide a minimum of 6 feet separation, and traffic flow is one-way by utilizing a side exit following sessions. Masks are worn by all staff and students in common areas and in accordance with University policies. Hand washing or application of hand sanitizer is practiced before and after each session. Common areas and contact objects are routinely cleaned and sanitized.

Students and employees seeking counseling services will complete CDC guidelines for COVID-19 screening prior to entering the Counseling Center. Personal and specific screening responses will be submitted to the Counseling Center on appointment day via the screening link on the Counseling Center website. Signage is in place in the Counseling Center identifying this requirement and the process of non-touch temperature screening. Students and employees who do not feel well, have a temperature, or have symptoms of COVID-19 based on their screen will not be served and will be encouraged to contact Student Health Services or their primary care physician.

All appointment requests must be made either by phone at 501-279-4347 or email at counseling@harding.edu. No walk-in appointments will be allowed without prior referral and completed COVID-19 screening. At the time appointments are scheduled, students and employees will be informed about safety protocols when reporting for a session. Individuals are discouraged from having others accompany them except in situations where deemed necessary.

To promote safety and reduce the amount of contact, telehealth may be utilized in situations that pose a health concern and/or require multiple sessions. The use of telehealth will be determined by the counselor and adhere to applicable ethical and legal standards for the use of distance delivery. Telehealth will not be utilized in the event a student is enrolled and living in another state other than Arkansas due to professional licensure regulations.

Disability Services and Educational Access

Harding University will accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law in keeping with ADA guidelines. Therefore, any student with a documented disability (physical, learning, or psychological) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Office of Disability Services and Educational Access at the beginning of each semester. If the diagnosis of the disability occurs during the academic year, the student must self-identify as soon as possible in order to obtain academic accommodations for the remainder of the semester. The Office of Disability Services and Educational Access is located in the Student Center Room 226 and can be reached at 501-279-4054 or disabilityservices@harding.edu.

Visitor, Guest and Parent Policies & Communication

Visitors & Guests: Students may visit the residence hall room of other students in their residence hall if they are wearing a face covering and maintaining 6-ft distance, but they are not allowed to stay overnight. Family and students of other residence halls will only be allowed in the lobby and must honor the expectation of face coverings and distancing. Non-family guests are asked to contact studentlife@harding.edu for permission to enter a residence hall.

Parent/Guardian Communications: Due to the current health conditions related to COVID-19, we would like to keep parents and guardians apprised of important information regarding campus health and safety. In order for your parent(s) or guardian(s) to receive relevant updates from Harding University, please provide their information through this form. You may complete the form multiple times if you wish to add more than one email address to our database.

International Students

The University is closely monitoring the guidance and updates from the United States government regarding the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), as well as keeping abreast of the U.S. Embassies opening worldwide and their ability to grant F-1 student visas. Additionally we are watching the opening of airports and flight availability in different countries. International students may contact the Office of International Student Services at nboyd@harding.edu or mbolin@harding.edu for assistance.

Academic Support Departments and Services

Academic support departments and services will be available, although some alterations in physical layouts may be necessary. Students are expected to wear face coverings when utilizing these locations. The Brackett Library, Testing Lab, and some public computer labs will be open. Physical barriers and 6-foot spacing will be in place. The number of occupants may be limited in some spaces as will the number of students who may sit at one table or in public seating areas. Doors to library study rooms will remain open for air circulation. Sanitation materials will be provided for students to clean keyboards, mice, and tables and chairs in study areas. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the library entrance and exit and in high-traffic areas.

There will be some restrictions on checking out physical items such as headphones and games. Books are available for check out. Return to the outside book drop will be encouraged. Books will remain in quarantine for several days before being reshelved and made available to other patrons. Interlibrary loan of physical items may be delayed or unavailable as other libraries may have borrowing restrictions in place. Individual research consultations will be by appointment and conducted virtually.