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The Office of Student Health Services

Virginia Union University Student Health Center is located on the second floor of the Henderson Center. Student health is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In the event that a student becomes ill or injured while the Health Center is closed, the student may visit one of the local urgent care centers or an emergency room. The student is responsible for all fees incurred for services rendered.


 Immunization Records- The state of Virginia law requires that all full-time students who are enrolling for the first time in a four-year public institution provide to the University a health history and an official immunization record. Virginia Union University further requires that each student provide documentation of a physical examination performed within twelve months preceding his/her initial enrollment.  Previously enrolled students who are returning after an absence from campus greater than one year must submit a new history and physical examination. Students who do not provide all required information will not be allowed to occupy a dormitory room, will not be permitted to register for a second semester, and may be dismissed from the University.         


Medications/Drugs- Persons reporting to the Health Center for treatment may be given limited oral OTC medications, if they are available. Prescription medications ordered by the University Physician are the responsibility of the student.


Referrals- Frequently, a specialist may be needed beyond the scope of the Health Center for additional treatment.  In such cases, the staff will refer students to recommended specialists. Beyond what is covered by the student’s insurance, the cost of these services is the responsibility of the student and his/her guardian.


Ambulance- In the case of extreme emergencies that necessitate the use of ambulance service, the City of Richmond’s emergency dispatching center is contacted by dialing the University operator who will call an ambulance. The cost of these services is the responsibility of the student and his/her guardian


Insurance- Students are required to pay a mandatory accident insurance fee to protect against possible serious injury. A sickness plan is also offered at an additional fee. A one-time fee is charged to the student’s account during the fall semester to provide coverage for twelve months.  Student enrolling during the spring semester are charged a prorated fee for the remaining months. Moreover, students referred to private physicians, hospitals or transported by ambulance are responsible for their own medical expenses. If there is a pre-existing medical condition parents and students are encouraged to arrange in advance for a local personal physician.  The physician’s name should be on file with Health Services. Students are also advised to keep a copy of insurance card and availability of local physicians in their plan.


How To File an Insurance Claim- In the event of a claim, the student should access the student health insurance website. Claim forms are also available in Student Health.


There is no fee for office visits provided at the Health Center, however the student is responsible for all laboratory tests, prescriptions, and health care services received off campus (major medical expenses for emergency visits, hospitalization, diagnostic test and referral to specialist).


The office provides treatment for acute illnesses such as strep throat, mononucleosis infections, tonsillitis, urinary tract infections, etc., blood pressure readings, referral assistance, laboratory tests (some are done on site and others are sent to an outside lab).


Services Covered:

Services Not Covered:

Routine Medical Care Physical Examination
Follow-up Visits Off-Campus Referrals
Patient Health Education Transportation
  Laboratory Services


Student Health Services Forms
All students, as part of the condition of admission, are required to have on file the following forms:

>>Download Student Health Services Forms

Meningitis Requirements

All first-time enrollees and transfers must provide documentation that they have received meningitis vaccine upon admission to the University. If information is not received upon admission or during the first semester the student will not be allowed to register for spring semester. Also, there will be a hold on the students account and the student will not be permitted to access grades.

Hours of Operation/Emergencies

The Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year and summer session. Services are provided by a physician or a nurse during clinic hours on a walk-in basis. An initial health assessment is performed by the registered nurse. Patient education is provided on such visits, relative to self-care, conditions and health maintenance and health promotion in general.

In emergency situations when immediate medical care is either needed or outside Health Center hours, the University Police are to be notified through the residence hall coordinator or staff. University Police can have an ambulance dispatched in case of emergency. The University Police contact number on campus is ext. 5850. 

The Health Center is staffed with:

Walton M. Belle, MD
Nurse Tamara Bailey

Contact Us:
Virginia Union University
Student Health Services
1500 North Lombardy Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Tel. 804-257-5885
Fax 804-342-3909