What to Do When You're Sick

Photo by Elena Zhukova.

Concerned About COVID-19 symptoms or exposure?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or think you've been exposed to someone with COVID-19, do not go to a medical facility or the Student Health Center without calling first.

If you are seriously ill, call 911 immediately.

If you are not seriously ill but have COVID-19 concerns:

  • Contact the Student Health Center. Log into Health e-Messenger and select Messages > New Message >COVID-19 Questions.
  • Contact the free nurse advice line (831) 459-2591. Available 24/7.
  • See our COVID-19 information page


Are You Seriously Ill?

Serious injury, very high fever, severe pain, bleeding, loss of consciousness, altered consciousness?

Call 911 or go to the Dominican ER. 
For directions to the ER:

Do You Need Advice?

24 hour Nurse Advice line: (831) 459-2591
Advice on common problems and how to handle them: Common Reasons for Seeking Care

Is the Student Health Center Closed?

Area after hours providers throughout Santa Cruz are available to see students when the Student Health Center is closed. Click here for the After Hours provider list and map:

Mental Health Crisis?

For more information about services on campus for mental health issues: 

24 hour Crisis Phone Line: 831-459-2628.

Need an Appointment?

Make an appointment
Medical Appointments: 831-459-2500 
Counseling (CAPPS) Appointments: 831-459-2628 

Policy Regarding Medical Excuses for Class Absences (Effective Fall 2007) Click HERE