Health and Wellness
The Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life (SDCL) is the link to information on health matters. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being proactive to prevent illness can help keep students on track with their studies, work responsibilities, and personal obligations.
Berkeley College students must comply with the immunization requirements for vaccination.
Tips for College Health and Safety
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that causes fever and a rash. It is spread by contact with an infected person, through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms typically appear 10 to 12 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, runny nose, wet/watery eyes, spots on the gums and inside of the cheeks, and a rash of red spots on the face that spreads over the entire body.
Signs and symptoms of the measles can include:
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes
- Spots on the gums and inside of cheeks
- Rash of red spots on the face that spreads over entire body
Additional Information and Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cases and Outbreaks
New York State Department of Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New Jersey State Department of Health
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. To learn more about germ prevention, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.
Signs and symptoms of the flu may include:
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting or diarrhea (more common in children)
To read more about the flu, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu.
Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis is contagious and spreads through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions. College students, especially first-year college students living in residence halls, are at a slightly increased risk compared with other persons of the same age.
Signs and symptoms of meningitis may include:
- Headache or stiff neck
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Altered mental status (confusion)
To read the Berkeley College Immunization Policy, click here.
For more information about meningitis, visit https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis.
Berkeley College values its students and is committed to providing resources and support for the “whole student.” Our counseling services team collaborates with faculty and staff to maintain student wellness and facilitate student success. We approach each individual holistically, helping each student achieve a healthy balance in his or her many life roles and assisting in the successful transition into college and through graduation.
Professional counselors are available to help students deal with a range of social, emotional, or academic issues and concerns on a short-term basis. Counseling may be provided individually or within a group. When appropriate, students may be referred for outside treatment. If you are in need of support, we encourage you to visit our office. If you are concerned about another student, walk him or her to your campus Counseling Office to meet with a counselor. Do not leave him or her alone.
To schedule an appointment, contact the Personal Counselor at your location:
Berkeley College Online® – Katherine Wu, KNW@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Brooklyn – Alexandra Sabal Farah, Alexandr-Farah@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Midtown Manhattan – Alexandra Sabal Farah, Alexandr-Farah@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Newark – Amanda Frey, AJF@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Paramus – Santa Rock, SGR@BerkeleyCollege.edu
White Plains – Diane Georges, Diane-Georges@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Woodbridge – Sandra Coppola, SEC@BerkeleyCollege.edu
Woodland Park – Sandra Coppola, SEC@BerkeleyCollege.edu
EMERGENCY RESOURCES AVAILABLE 24/7
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, having thoughts of death or suicide, or is otherwise in a crisis situation, contact one of the following emergency resources:
• Call 9-1-1 immediately or go to your local emergency room
• NJ Hope line Suicide Prevention Hotline (NJ)
• The Samaritan’s 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (NY)
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (National)
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)