Counseling and Psychological Services
USI Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office offers many services to USI students. It is normal to experience distress at challenging times. We all have had times when we feel at a loss and don’t know what to do. Everyone needs help sometime! CAPS offers several services and delivery methods to USI Students. There are three individual scheduled therapy options (virtual and in-person), plus 24/7 support through student-peer support, emotional health support on-demand, and health coaching. CAPS Website
Institutional Equity - Title IX
The Institutional Equity Office is also the Title IX Office for the USI campus. Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities. It applies to sex-based discrimination and harassment of individuals of any gender. Institutional Equity Website
Alcohol & Drug Prevention and Intervention
USI understands that in college, alcohol and other drugs exist. Whether its missing class due to a hangover, getting in legal trouble, or increasing risk of personal injury, the use of alcohol and/or other drugs has the potential to interfere with short and long-term goals and academic success. It's important to understand how alcohol and other drugs affect your personal health, and learn the steps you can take to reduce your risk. RFW - Alcohol & Drug Prevention / Intervention website
Dean of Students Office - CARE Team
Through our Campus Action Response and Engagement (CARE) Team, the Dean of Students Office makes sure students have the proactive assistance and support they need by assessing, evaluating and responding to reports about students who present in crisis or show concerning behavior and may need support to manage their academic and social experience at the University. Anyone can fill out a CARE Team report by using the "Concerned about a student" button on the Dean of Students Office website.
Information about Health Conditions
- Abnormal Pap Smears
- Birth Control Pill Information
- Bladder Infection
- Drug Abuse and Addiction
- Hepatitis B
- Pap Test
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Sinus Infection
- Strep Throat
- Substance Abuse and Addiction
- Vaginitis - Bacterial
- Vaginitis - Candidal
- Vaginitis - Monilial
- Vaginitis - Trichomonal
- Venereal Warts
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu.
The University Health Center (UHC) has flu shots available for USI students and employees. All students and employees who wish to receive a flu shot on campus are asked to schedule an appointment online. Appointments can also be made by calling the UHC at 812-465-1250, though online scheduling is preferred.
Flu shots are free for students with the Office Visit Plan. Students without the Office Visit Plan can bill the flu shot cost through insurance or pay $25.
To learn more information about flu (influenza), see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Outbreaks of scabies are more common in college dorms, close living quarters, nursing homes, nursing facilities, and child care centers.
Scabies is a skin condition that is caused by scabies mites. Scabies mites are tiny bugs that burrow, lay eggs, and live underneath the skin.
What causes scabies?
Scabies is spread through close and prolonged contact with a person who has scabies. This includes having sex, sleeping in the same bed, or sharing towels or clothing. Scabies spreads quickly and must be treated as soon as it is found.
What are the signs and symptoms of scabies?
Most people do not know they have scabies until a few weeks after mites are under the skin. Scabies mites are too small to be seen on your body.
See a healthcare provider if the following symptoms:
- Red, raised bumps or burrow marks that appear on and between your fingers, wrists, ankles, elbows, groin, armpits, and breasts.
- Intense itching that is worse at night.
How is scabies treated?
There is more than one medicine cream that may be used to treat scabies. Always read the directions and follow your caregiver’s directions for scabies medicines.
- Rub a thin layer of the medicine onto your entire body from the neck down.
- Leave the cream on the amount of time that is required for the medicine you are using. This may be between 8 to 14 hours.
- Take a bath or shower to wash all medicine from the skin after the scabies treatment is over.
- Put on clean clothes after you have rinsed the medicine off. You may need another scabies treatment in about 7 to 10 days if you continue to have symptoms.
How do I prevent the spread of scabies?
- Tell all sex partners and anyone who has shared your clothing or bed for the past month about the scabies.
- Take or apply over-the-counter and prescription medicines as told by your health care provider.
- Apply medicated cream or lotion as told by your health care provider.
- Do not wash off the medicated cream or lotion until the necessary amount of time has passed.
- Avoid scratching your affected skin-could cause an infection.
- Keep your fingernails closely trimmed to reduce injury from scratching.
- Take cool baths or apply cool washcloths to help reduce itching.
- Clean all items that you recently had contact with, including bedding, clothing, and furniture. Do this on the same day that your treatment starts.
- Use hot water when you wash items.
- Place un-washable items into closed, airtight plastic bags for at least 3 days. The mites cannot live for more than 3 days away from human skin.
- Vacuum furniture and mattresses that you use.
- Make sure that other people who may have been infested are examined by a health care provider. These include members of your household and anyone who may have had contact with infested items.
- Do not have close body contact with anyone until scabies mites are gone.
Contact your caregiver?
- The bites become filled with pus or crusty.
- The itching gets worse after the scabies treatment.
- You have new bite or burrow marks after your treatment.
- You become dizzy, nauseous, or vomit after using medicine to treat scabies.
- You develop a fever and red, swollen, painful areas on your skin.
More Information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website.