Student Health Services (SHS) at SUNY Potsdam is funded by the Mandatory Health Fee that each student must pay each semester. The fee pays for all the services provided by SHS, including direct medical care, health education programs, laboratory services, and administrative services.
Administrative services are used by students even if they are not attending the Potsdam campus. These services include the maintenance of their medical record and assuring they are in compliance with health regulations enacted by New York State and SUNY Potsdam. However, waiver of the mandatory health fee may be considered in some circumstances. A new waiver is required for each session a health fee is assessed.
Acceptable reasons to grant waivers include, but are not limited to:
Waivers will be denied if:
To obtain an application for waiving the health fee, please see: Request for Waiver of Mandatory Health Fee (PDF). You may also request a waiver at the Student Health Services office. The applications are to be sent to the Director of Student Health Services, who will determine whether the waiver is accepted or denied. The student will be notified of this decision by mail.
Students may appeal the Director’s decision by sending a request in writing to the Director. Deadline for appeals will be the last day of classes (not the last day of exams) for the session in which the waiver is requested. All appeals will be presented to the Student Health Advisory Council, which will make the final decision on whether the waiver is accepted or denied. The student will be notified by mail of the Council’s decision.