SDG 10: REDUCE INEQUALITY WITHIN AND AMONG COUNTRIES

Introduction

Sustainable Development Goal10(SDG10) is about to reducing inequality of income and opportunity between and within countries: reducing poverty in the most disadvantaged areas of the planet, promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of all people, especially vulnerable groups.

Goal 10 calls for reducing inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status within a country. The Goal also addresses inequalities among countries, including those related to representation, migration and development assistance.

Reducing social inequality and ensuring social integration is key to achieving stability and harmony in society and is part of UAE’s pledge on ‘leaving no one behind’. Inclusion of vulnerable categories like People of Determination, Senior Citizens, Widows, Divorcees and Families in Distress are at the heart of UAE’s Social Policies and Strategies. The UAE gives an importance to people with special needs, known as ‘the people of determination’. The Ministry of Community Development (MOCD) provides them with special services to ensure they receive equal education opportunities, and vocational training.

The Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has a strong commitment to supporting these sustainable goals, so the university has compiled information and built a series of Sustainability reports containing the university's efforts with respect to each of the 17 different goals.

CUD applies Labour rights to ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard. Besides, it adopts policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality.

Reducing social inequality and ensuring social integration is key to achieving stability and harmony in society and is part of UAE’s pledge on ‘leaving no one behind’. Inclusion of vulnerable categories like People of Determination, Senior Citizens, Widows, Divorcees and Families in Distress are at the heart of UAE’s Social Policies and Strategies. The UAE gives an importance to people with special needs, known as ‘the people of determination’. The Ministry of Community Development (MOCD) provides them with special services to ensure they receive equal education opportunities, and vocational training.

Canadian University Dubai does not unlawfully discriminate in its admissions or educational policies on the basis of race, age, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or national and ethnic origin. However, admission into the university is limited to individuals with convictions, goals, and objectives consistent with the statement of faith and the mission of the university. The CUD reserve the right to refuse admission to any applicant or to dismiss any student at its own discretion when any such applicant or student manifests character or conduct that is adverse to the college’s statement of mission, purpose, and objectives. Study at the university requires a high level of proficiency in the English language. Students from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate their proficiency as part of the admissions process.

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Introduction and Statement

  • Canadian Dubai University is committed to promoting and implementing equality of opportunity in the learning, teaching, research and working environments

  • The University aims to create a learning and working environment based on fostering good relations between all people, with a shared commitment to promoting respect for all, and challenging and preventing stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination and harassment

  • The University is committed to inclusiveness, which “embraces diversity by valuing and respecting the perspectives and contributions of all our colleagues and students”, to the benefit of the University community in respect of its learning, teaching, research, management, administration and support service activities

  • The University upholds the principle that, in their areas of expertise, relevant staff of the University shall have freedom within the law to hold and express opinion, to question and test established ideas and received wisdom, and to present controversial or unpopular points of view without placing in jeopardy their employment or any entitlements or privileges they enjoy

Scope of the Policy

This Policy applies to all members of the University community, including:

  • All members of staff holding a contract of employment, and staff from other institutions on placement at, or visiting the University

  • Individuals with honorary or affiliate status

  • All students, including visiting and placement students

  • Visitors, including external persons or agencies using the University’s premises, facilities or services

  • Contractors working at the University

  • Individuals working or acting on the University’s behalf, including suppliers of goods and services

The Policy

  • The University aims to ensure that all members of its community are treated with fairness, dignity and respect

  • The University will apply this policy in compliance with and in the spirit of the relevant legislation

  • The University will not discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation (hereafter referred to as the ‘protected characteristics’) in any decisions concerning student admissions, progression or support provision

  • The University will not discriminate on grounds of any protected characteristic, in decisions concerning staff recruitment and selection, career development, promotion, staff development opportunities, pay and remuneration, or reward and recognition

  • The University will not discriminate against any person on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation, in the provision of facilities or services, or in the exercise of public functions

  • In the provision of residential accommodation, the University will seek to provide an inclusive living and studying environment

  • The University will not discriminate against any person on grounds of disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

  • Under-represented groups are encouraged to apply to work and study at the University

University Responsibilities

Overall responsibility for Equality and Diversity lies with the University Court. The University Principal takes responsibility as overarching Equality Champion, supported by Equality Champions for each of the equality strands, drawn from the Senior Management Group

The University will ensure that:

  • Staff and students are made aware of this Equality and Diversity Policy through the University’s web pages, publications, induction and training provision, and through the line management structure, as appropriate

  • Publicity material reflects the diversity of the University’s community

  • Staff, students and visitors are treated fairly, irrespective of their protected characteristics. The University will take prompt action over alleged discrimination, victimization or harassment

  • Reasonable adjustments are made, as appropriate, to enable disabled staff and students to overcome substantial disadvantage in the working and learning environment, and in the use of recreational facilities provided by the University

  • Existing procedures for staff and student complaints, grievances and discipline/conduct matters are applied in a just, fair, open and timely manner

  • Staff involved in staff recruitment, student admissions, selection and promotion panels receive training on equality and diversity matters

  • External contractors are made aware of their responsibility in relation to equality and diversity and will be required to comply with university policies and regulations

  • Learning and teaching material, where practical, includes positive, diverse, non-stereotypical content

  • Public events are held, wherever possible, in accessible locations, and where accessibility is limited by necessity, this is made clear to potential attendees

Individual Responsibilities

All University staff, students, contractors and visitors have a responsibility under the Equality and Diversity Policy. All individuals are:

  • Responsible for making themselves aware of the University Equality and Diversity Policy

  • Expected to participate in training which supports the implementation of the University’s Equality Policy, as appropriate

  • Responsible for their behavior and expected to treat others with dignity and respect. This includes cases where alleged or proven discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimization has occurred

  • To support the University’s determination to promote good relations and eliminate discrimination and harassment

  • Staff responsible for schemes of work, teaching content and resources should demonstrate sensitivity to equality and diversity issues

  • Staff responsible for dealing with appeals, complaints, grievances, staff discipline and student conduct matters should demonstrate sensitivity to equality and diversity issues

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To enforce our admission equivalency policy, the entire process and requirements for students interested in joining CUD are the same, no preference is given but rather our students are chosen for their academic excellence.

The UAE High School Certificate or its equivalent is required with an average score of 60% or more (an average of 70% or more is required for entry into some of the academic programs; see the Program Specific Requirements section for more information).

A High School Certificate obtained abroad must be processed in accordance with decrees No. 199/2019 and 883 /2019 of His Excellency the Minister of Education UAE, as follows:

Broadly, a holder of secondary certificates from foreign countries and/or systems is eligible for admission if:

  • The certificate is valid for admission to a public university of the Country in which it was issued

  • The certificate was obtained on completion of at least 12 years of schooling

  • Equivalency Certificate, Issued by Ministry of Education in the UAE.

  • The certificate includes at least six (6) subjects covering the four core fields of: Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, and the Social Sciences & Humanities or Arts

  • A holder of High School Certificates from any country that has two levels of High School Certificate must submit the higher level of certificate

English Proficiency Requirements

All students are required to provide a certificate of English proficiency, such as TOEFL (minimum score of PBT 500/61 iBT), IELTS (minimum band 5.0), EMSAT (Minimum Score 1100) or their equivalents on another standardized national, or internationally, recognized test that is approved by the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

This condition of the admission policy applies to all students of all programs whose medium of instruction is English.

Student who would like to join the program of Bachelor of Arts in Creative Industries are required to provide a certificate of English proficiency, such as IELTS (minimum band 5.5), EMSAT (Minimum Score 1250) or an equivalent standardized English language test that is internationally recognized and approved by the ministry of education in the UAE.

The minimum Score of English proficiency test is TOEFL score of 450 or its equivalent for programs whose medium of instructions is Arabic. Students should note that in order to transfer to a university in Canada, a higher TOEFL score (normally a minimum of TOEFL 550) or its standardized equivalent may be required, depending on the admission conditions of our partner.

Exceptions:

A transfer student admitted to an undergraduate course in an English-medium institution that is recognized by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs (MOE), who can also provide evidence of having achieved a TOEFL score of 500 (or its standardized equivalent approved by the MOE) upon admission to the sending institution’s undergraduate program. A verified true copy of the test result held by the sending institution may be sent directly to the University

Arabic Proficiency Requirements

  • Admission to programs offered in Arabic Language requires a minimum score of 1000 in Emsat Arabic Language test.

  • For the Programs of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Business Administration, students are required to provide EmSAT in Arabic with a minimum Score of 600/ equivalent.

  • Alternatively, non-native Arabic speakers students can register for a non-credited Basic Arabic Language course at CUD.

Placement Tests

3.1 English

  • Only admitted students who have achieved the minimum English proficiency requirement will be allowed to register for courses as per their study plan without any further intensive pre-university English courses.

  • Admitted students with a TOEFL/IELTS score less than the specified minimum requirement will need to register for the University’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program to help them attain the required higher TOEFL/IELTS score. (EAP courses are not transferable). Students will be placed in the appropriate level of the EAP program based on their IELTS or TOEFL score.

  • Registered students in EAP are allowed to enroll in general education courses, in conjunction with the corresponding level of EAP.

3.2 Math

All students admitted to any of the accredited programs, with the exception of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Applied Sociology, are required to fulfill the Mathematics requirement. The math requirement may be met by passing the Math Placement Test OR providing a Grade 12 minimum Math score of 70% Advanced Stream OR SAT test minimum math score of 450/ Minimum EmSAT Math Score of 600.

Any student who has not met the mathematics requirement or achieved the required pass mark in the Mathematics Placement Test may be granted conditional admission - but such students will not be permitted to register in any Math or Statistics courses, or any course that has a math Prerequisite, until the successful completion of the necessary remedial-math course.

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Canadian University Dubai recognizes and values the diversity of its students’ gender, gender identity and gender expression. The University therefore undertakes not to discriminate against transgender, transfeminine, transmasculine, gender non-binary and non-conforming students. It commits to creating an inclusive trans-friendly culture and learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment or victimization, where all transgender and non-binary students are treated with dignity and respect in the gender in which they choose to present themselves. Throughout this policy we use trans* as an umbrella terms to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, their sex at birth following discussions with our students.

It covers a diversity of gender identities and expressions including non-binary people. There is a wide variety of terms used by trans* people to describe themselves including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, gender-queer (GQ), gender-fluid, non-binary, gender-variant, crossdresser, genderless, agender, nongender, third gender, two-spirit, bi-gender, trans man, trans woman, trans masculine, trans feminine and neutrois.

Introduction

The aim of this policy is to set a framework for how the University will support students who express their gender identify different to their sex at birth or have commenced and/or undergone the process of gender reassignment at any stage of the student lifecycle. The policy will give more detail on how the University’s strategic commitment should be applied to and how it will provide support to members of the University in meeting their legislative duties.

As part of the Equality and Diversity agenda, Canadian University Dubai is committed to the development of a culture where all students may live, study and work without encountering prejudice or discrimination because of any of the nine “protected characteristics” as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

The University aims to give support and understanding to those students who wish to take, or have taken steps, to identify as a gender different to their sex at birth.

The particular purpose of this policy is to ensure that a prospective student, a current student, or a graduate of Canadian University Dubai will not be treated less favorably than any other, on the grounds of gender identity or expression. This policy of equality is to apply at any time before, during or after a course of study, and at any point in any process of transition, expression or any change (including reversion) of gender identity.

Scope

This policy applies to students who have indicated a wish to live in a gender other than their sex at birth (whether or not medical supervision or surgery is either involved or contemplated) and non-binary students. The policy serves students at all stages of gender reassignment, identity or expression, begun or complete throughout the student cycle. This encompasses application to CUD, registration, every stage of their study or research to graduation.

Policy statement

The University will endeavor to undertake the following:

    • No student will be denied access or progression to admission, registration, teaching, learning and research, or treated unfairly on the grounds of their gender identity or expression, or their participation or non-participation in any gender reassignment process.

    • No student will be treated unfairly in relation to the awarding of scholarships, grants and other awards under the University’s control or the provision of student support.

    • No student will be disadvantaged through any of the University systems including but not limited to health and safety, personal conduct, complaints or disciplinary procedures.

    • In the provision of accommodation and other facilities by the University, each trans* student will be treated as an individual and their needs will be met as required, appropriately and sensitively.

    • The current curriculum, reading lists and contemporary content examples should neither rely on stereotypical assumptions or contain any transphobic material. Any historical content or comparative content containing what is now recognized as transphobic material needs to be clearly labelled with a trigger warning.

    • The University respects the confidentiality of each trans* student and no information will be revealed without the prior written agreement of the individual.

    • The University will not tolerate harassment and bullying. Transphobic abuse, harassment or bullying is treated as a serious disciplinary offence and will be dealt with under Senate Regulation 6 and/or Staff Disciplinary Policy and Procedures s.3. Support will be provided to any student who experiences such behavior.

    • The University recognizes the right of every individual to choose whether to be open about their gender identity and history. To “out‟ someone without their express permission may amount to a form of harassment and a criminal offence.

    • Trans* issues should be included in University Equality and Diversity training and specialized transgender training should be delivered to those working with and supporting trans* students.

    • Any student undergoing medical and/or surgical procedures related to gender reassignment will receive positive support from the University to meet any evolving needs during this period and all reasonable adjustments will be made as required.

    • The University will anticipate and respond positively to the needs of each trans* student and alumni, providing a professional and consistent service so that all trans* students feel welcome, safe, valued and supported in achieving their individual potentials.

    • The University commits to create and maintain an inclusive environment which demonstrates respect for each trans* student and all trans* students. The University guarantees equality across the whole student community with regard to the right to study with dignity, to use University facilities, and to preserve the name, personal identity of each trans* student. The inclusive and respectful environment will apply equally to associations (e.g. partner, spouse and family member, or ally), of a trans* student, and to an associate of any student who forms a part of, or identifies with, the wider-trans* community.

    • The University recognizes each student’s right to their individual gender identity and expression, and commits to respecting their privacy and treating their status confidentially and sensitively.

    • The University commits to facilitating where possible that trans* and non-binary students are able to have access to appropriate facilities on campus i.e. toilets in line with their gender identity and / or gender neutral facilities.

Providing support to students during transition

The way each student may transition will vary depending on a range of factors, including whether a person chooses to socially transition but not undergo any medical treatment, opt for medical procedures, or alter their gender expression without undertaking any other steps of transition. The University recognizes that all journeys are valid and all students will be supported. The most important consideration is ensuring each student can express gender identity preferences in the most comfortable way.

The student is encouraged to discuss transition with a tutor and/or the Student Support and Welfare Team if they would like support but there is no onus to do so. A very important part of this meeting will be to determine how to support the student and who will liaise with other University staff as required with the student’s written consent.

The plan should be put into writing and the student should sign it alongside the staff member. A copy will be kept by the University for the duration of the student lifecycle after which it should be managed in accordance with data protection law. The details will not be shared without the student’s written consent. The support plan and other arrangements should be monitored and reviewed regularly. Key review points are likely to include any time of significant change (whether personal or academic, or placement-related) but this does not preclude review and revision at any other time.

Confidentiality

Canadian University Dubai respects the confidentiality of each of its students, and will not reveal sensitive information about trans* status without the prior agreement of the individual

Protection from discrimination and harassment

The University recognizes the right of each student to choose whether to express their gender identity and history. Staff and students should respect any transgender student in relation to:

      • Gender identity

      • Right to study with dignity

      • Name and personal identity

      • Privacy and confidentiality

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  • Students Rights

Unacceptable Conduct: Student Safety

  • Harassing, assaulting, or using physical violence against others,

  • Jeopardizing the safety of others or violating human rights,

  • Participating in individual or group activities that deliberately or irresponsibly cause serious disorder or suffering to others,

  • Possessing dangerous weapons such as, but not limited to firearms, on university property,

  • Intentionally possessing or using a dangerous artifact or substance that could harm or distress any person on university property,

  • Possessing and/or using fireworks,

  • Impersonating another student with or without his consent.

Any student who believes that he or she has been the subject of harassment or observed any type of harassment must communicate this incident to the Dean of Student Affairs.

Canadian University Dubai has zero tolerance for any type of harassment.

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Following the successful gala event, 'Music is our Voice', which brought together people of determination and the local school community in a spectacular celebration of music, Canadian University Dubai (CUD) Chancellor, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, has spoken to Edarabia about the institution's actions towards promoting inclusion. CUD celebrates and protects inclusion as part of helping and supporting students and staff who have different gender, sexuality or orientation ideas, protecting their rights and making the community aware of these rights.

Why did CUD organize a music gala for people of determination? Would this be a yearly event?

The event was organized as part of the University’s ongoing endeavors to promote inclusion, understanding and coexistence, in the spirit of the UAE Year of Tolerance. Since 2017 we have seen the Canadian University Dubai EnSEmble grow and flourish into an extraordinary realization of individual and collective talent.

We know from our work with people of determination that awareness and inclusion across wider society remain among the biggest challenges they face in everyday life. Canadian University Dubai wanted to bring people together in an inclusive celebration of music to help further advance the conversation about autism in the UAE; to change the discourse into concrete action and progress across every aspect of society – from education and employment to cultural and social interactions.

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We at Canadian University Dubai pledge to provide an inclusive learning environment and to support the cognitive, emotional and creative development of students with disabilities. Special needs may be justified by physical or other disabilities.

Students eligible for a Special Needs Scholarship will benefit from a tuition reduction of up to 40%.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • For students applying for the Special Needs Scholarship at the point of admission to the University, the academic average will be considered by the scholarship committee on a case-by-case basis

  • For current students, a minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required to be eligible to apply for the scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th) and spring semester (December 20th) must be met

  • Special Needs Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters

  • Students are required to provide an up-to-date professionally documented diagnosis that will be kept confidentially

  • The scholarship application is reviewed by and subject to the scholarship committee’s discretion

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This scholarship is meant for elite and talented individuals from any field who have competed and achieved success at a city level or beyond. Special Talent Scholarships are awarded based on the applicant’s achievement level and their academic performance. A tuition waiver of up to 40% can be applied accordingly.

Overall Terms and Conditions

  • Special Talent Scholarships are valid for one semester only

  • Students can reapply each semester to continue their scholarship

  • Deadlines for the fall semester (July 7th 2022) and spring semester (December 20th 2022) must be met

  • Special Talent Scholarships do not apply for summer semesters.

  • For high school applicants to be eligible, they must have a minimum academic achievement of 70%

  • Returning students are required to achieve a minimum of a 3.0 CGPA to be eligible to apply/ reapply for the Special Talent Scholarship

  • Successful applicants will be required to contribute up to 15 hours per month of community service as part of their commitment to the University

  • Applications for the Special Talent Scholarship must include:

      • Completed application form

      • Documents supporting accomplishment within the applicant's talent field

      • Certificates relevant to the applicant's talent

      • Recommendations from teachers, trainers or professionals from within the applicant's talent field

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Canadian University Dubai (CUD) aims to support the development of the UAE by promoting a culture of lifelong learning as part of its corporate and social responsibility. Therefore, CUD is pleased to offer the following value added education incentives to our participating corporate partners.

The Key to Success – Value Added Services

Canadian University Dubai is committed to the academic success of our students. Therefore, in addition to the posted fee reductions, the University offers our participating partners the following personalized employee educational advising services:

    • Annual onsite employee orientation session: CUD admission staff and faculty provide a one day orientation service to our participating partners’ employees interested in furthering their education objectives at CUD.

    • Invitation to CUD Corporate Open House events throughout the year.

    • Personalized admission services: CUD’s Community Outreach Office provides personalized attention to each employee throughout their admissions process.

Fee Reductions

CUD recognizes academic excellence through a wide range of financial incentives for our corporate partners, reflecting all levels of academic achievement.

Graduate Programs (MBA)

  • Automatic 10% fee reduction to all our participating partner employees wishing to study MBA for groups of 12 employees or more.

  • Automatic 5% fee reduction to individual employees wishing to study MBA.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Automatic 15% fee reduction to all our participating partner employees wishing to study in any of CUD’s five undergraduate schools for 12 employees or more.

  • Automatic 10% fee reduction to individual employees wishing to study in any of CUD’s five undergraduate schools.

  • Fee reductions are also extended to the children (aged 16-25) of employees of participating corporate partners; terms and conditions apply.

Academic Excellence (Undergraduate)

  • Automatic 20% tuition waiver, awarded to all our participating partner employees with a high school average of 85% and above. This Award grants a 20% waiver on tuition only for the first semester. 10% automatic fee reduction available on all subsequent semesters.

  • Fee reductions are extended to children of employees of participating corporate partners; terms and conditions apply.

Scholarships

In addition to the above automatic fee reductions, Canadian University Dubai is pleased to offer our participating partner employees a selection of scholarship opportunities. CUD scholarships provide up to 100% waiver on admission fees; terms and conditions apply.

    • Certificate Programs

Automatic 25% fee reduction to all our participating partner employees wishing to study in any of CUD’s short-term, certificated career programs. Terms and conditions apply.

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Dubai EnSENble is the UAE’s first choir for the ‘Determined Ones’ are now based in CUD.

The choir was founded by Mr. Rivaan Mager, Music Coordinator and Mr. Dusan Popovic, Sports Coordinator both employers at CUD. They have a passion for working with the people with determination and try to help their various challenges through their shared love of music.

There are also many volunteers who help out, some of them being ‘speech therapists or behavior therapists, all giving freely of their time to ensure the success of the choir.

The choir started in September 2017 and hosted their inaugural concert on November 24th 2017. This saw a full house at the CUD Red Theatre. The concert was the first of its kind in the UAE, and also featured the UAE Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert was a huge success and generated great emotion from the audience.

The Canadian University Dubai has been an integral part of the choir’s success, and they support the choir fully and have dedicated a ‘music studio’ for the choir to rehearse weekly. The university also has a passion towards inclusion through music.

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As part of CUD’s community engagement, we have teamed up with the LINK Organization. The LINK,’ is a non-profit UAE initiative providing an active community platform where women from different ages and backgrounds can find support to advance professionally and to share workplace challenges, After hosting the Induction Session, CUD has started its sixth cohort of the Programme.

Professors from the University including Ms. Orsi, Dr. Louise, Ms. Dima and Dr. Fran have offered their services as Mentors and are then matched up through the LINK organization who then allocates them to Mentees according to their needs. The LINK aims to empower women through learning and developmental initiatives, nurturing female talent and strengthening their leadership capacity. Ultimately, the LINK’s vision is to encourage and support women in different stages of their lives and careers.

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Canadian University Dubai Health Center provides primary healthcare services and supports the safety and wellness of students, faculty and staff on campus.

Professional, licensed nurses are available to offer first aid and medical care for minor illnesses and injuries, provide health education and promote disease prevention.

The health Center services are free of charge and available on a walk-in basis or by appointment for doctor's consultation. Information regarding the health insurance benefits, coverage and networks is also available.

The Center is equipped with a range of equipment to help maintain and monitor your health. Emergency cases are referred to the ambulance service.

The health Center regularly collaborates with community organizations to conduct awareness raising activities such as no smoking campaigns, cancer awareness events and blood donation drives.

Students with medical needs or disabilities who require regular assistance on the campus may submit a medical report from their physician stating their health condition and special requirements.

All health records, forms and documentations are securely stored. The release or transfer of medical Information requires patient's approval, unless legally authorized, or in a life-threatening situation.

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