2020-2021 Student Handbook

Student Health Service - Undergraduate Students

McKenna Student Center, Lower Level


617.349.8225 Fax

HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Kerry Folkman, NP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Director of Student Health Service


Mission: The mission of the Lesley University Student Health Service (SHS) is to foster the academic success and social growth of Lesley students by supporting their health and well-being. We are committed to easy, equitable access to care and to promoting a safe and healthy campus community.

Enrollment: Students living in University housing are enrolled in the SHS when they sign the Residence Life Room, Meal Plan, and Health Services Contract. Care and services at the SHS are available independent of private health insurance. Full-time undergraduate students living off-campus may choose to enroll in the Health Service at the beginning of each semester by completing the Optional Student Health Service Contract; the SHS fee will be billed to your account. Please contact our office for more information.

Services: Healthcare at the SHS is provided by nurse practitioners and includes, but is not limited to, care for acute and chronic illnesses and injuries; reproductive health services such as STI testing, contraception, and Pap smears; prescription management; and annual flu shots. All care and services are confidential and sensitive to differences in race, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical and cognitive ability.

Hours & Appointments: Clinical appointments are available during the academic year, following the same calendar as the Residence Halls. We are open Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and offer some extended hours during periods of high demand. Hours are posted weekly on the office door and voicemail. Appointments can be made by calling the SHS at 617.349.8222 or by emailing the Medical Office Manager, Virginia Delani (vdelani@lesley.edu). Same day appointments are generally available, particularly if you call or email early in the day. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call Campus Safety at 617.349.8888 or dial 9-1-1.

The office is open for administrative purposes on a reduced schedule during the summer and over breaks. Staff are available to assist you by phone or email during these times.

After Hours: If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call Campus Safety at 617-349-8888 or dial 9-1-1. For non-urgent after hours scheduling, please email your request to Virginia Delani, Medical Office Manager (vdelani@lesley.edu) or call the SHS (617.349.8222) and leave a voicemail. We will return your call when the office next opens. If you feel you need to be evaluated sooner, please visit the SHS website for a list of local urgent care clinics.

Preparing for a Healthy Semester: We encourage students to stock their rooms with self-care essentials. The following is a list of suggested items to help manage symptoms and maximize comfort when you are feeling under the weather:

  • Digital thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfecting wipes (such as Clorox or Lysol)
  • Tissue
  • Band-Aids
  • Pain relieving/fever reducing medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Decongestant, such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
  • Allergy medication, such as Allegra, Zyrtec, Claritin, or Benadryl
  • Throat lozenges or cough drops
  • Indigestion relief, such as TUMs, Pepto-Bismol, Pepcid

Please also make sure you have the following:

  • Your health insurance card (or a picture of the card on your phone)
  • Contact information for your PCP and any specialty-care providers you see regularly programmed into your phone
  • Phone numbers for the SHS (617.349.8222) and Campus Safety (617.349.8888) and the SHS email address (lesleyhealthservice@lesley.edu) programmed into your phone

Prescription Medications: Please be sure to have a list of all prescription medications you take on your phone. The list should include the name and dose of each medication, how often you take it, and the name of the prescriber. Ideally, you should plan to come to campus with at least a 30-day supply of each medication in its original packaging. If you would like to transfer your prescription to local pharmacy, you can find a list of options that are convenient to campus below. If you would like to discuss having your medications prescribed by an SHS clinician while you are at school, please be in touch to schedule a consultation.

Health Forms: please be sure to complete the mandatory online health forms prior to arriving on campus. It is particularly important that you submit an official copy of your immunization record. Students whose official documentation of state-mandated immunizations is not on file with the SHS by the posted deadline may not be permitted to register for classes.

Health Insurance: Massachusetts law requires all full- and part-time students to be covered by a health insurance plan that meets the State’s minimum coverage requirements. Lesley University sponsors a health insurance plan through Gallagher Student Health that meets these requirements. Students with comparable insurance may be eligible to waive the Lesley- sponsored plan. More information can be found on the Gallagher website. A list of frequently asked questions can be found by clicking here.

It is important for students and families to be aware of what their health insurance coverage is and how it works. While the Student Health Service fee covers all services delivered on-site at the SHS, laboratory testing, diagnostic testing, and specialty care are performed by outside providers and will be billed to your health insurance directly.

Local Pharmacies:


1740 Mass. Ave.

Cambridge, MA 02138


CVS Porter Square

36 White St.

Cambridge, MA 02140


CVS Harvard Square

6 JFK St.

Cambridge, MA 02138