As a continuation from the post “What if you need another plan” I did a few weeks ago, I went on a hunt to find out what Randolph offered for the students who go here. With Randolph being a former woman’s college, I thought hearing the opinions of some of the staff members would be interesting. I had asked some questions to two Randolph staff members that work in the Health Center about what is offered, their opinions about some women’s health issues, and what the school does for the students here.
They chose not to answer the questions about their own opinions on women’s contraceptives and if Randolph should make it available to students, as well as their opinions about abortions and where to get them if a student wanted to get one because they feel that these things are “irrelevant to the care we provide in the Health Center” (Randolph Staff). I understand and respect their decision to not publicize their opinions on these two touchy subjects, however they did choose to answer a few of my questions about what the Health Center provides and who to contact if you are ever sexually assaulted on Randolph’s campus.
Here is my interview with the Health Center staff.
Health Center Staff (HCS): Randolph College Health and Counseling Centers work together with the Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator, and the Coordinator for Sexual Misconduct Education and Advocacy to provide services and support for all students whatever their physical or emotional needs may be. Our offices also work together with students to make referrals to appropriate on- or off-campus resources.
ME: How many sexual assault cases do you get a year? What do you do to help them? Rape kits? Counseling? Where do you send them? Provide transportation?
HCS: In my time at Randolph, the Health Center has not had any students come in expressing concerns of sexual assault; however, we are able to see those students and provide the appropriate support and referrals as needed. If a victim of sexual assault needs to be seen (and agrees to transport) in the Emergency Department, Campus Safety could provide that transportation.
ME: Do you know if the Health Center has ever thought about having emergency hours or somebody “on call” on the weekends for assault or rape victims?
HCS: There is an Administrator on Call and a Counselor on Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support and information to students in an emergency. This certainly applies to victims of sexual assault. To reach either person, the Reception and Information Desk (RAID) or Campus Safety should be contacted at x8000.
Being curious myself, I thought people might also want to know what things Randolph offers that they will also charge you for at the Health Center:
-Miscellaneous items, such as an ACE wrap
-Mono Spot blood test
-Rapid Strep Tests
-Study-abroad and sports physicals
I am very thankful that I at least got some answers from them that are helpful to the students that attend Randolph that are in need of help. I wish I could have received more information on what these staff members think about women’s health issues, but these will do.