Statement on Plan B availability
The following is a statement
from Dr. Roger L. Serr, vice president for student affairs, regarding the availability of Plan B on Shippensburg University's campus.
In recent days, there have
been many reports related to the availability of Plan B in Shippensburg
University’s health center and it appears there are some misperceptions about
Several years ago, at the
request of students, the university conducted a survey about health center
services. Eighty-five percent of the respondents supported making Plan B
available. We value student input on matters that directly pertain to their
health and safety so these results were an important part of the
are not the first one to make Plan B available so this is not unique to us or
to public higher education. This decision was also made in consultation with
our medical staff. Plan B is an
over-the-counter medication for individuals 17 years old or older and,
according to our records, all of our current full-time students are 17 or
older. Any student who wants to discuss Plan B with a health care provider may
do so at any time. In addition, medical information is provided with the Plan B
for purchasers to read before its use.
The cost for the medication
is paid by the purchasers. No state tax funds or student health fees are used
for the medication. It is also made available at cost.
The machine, which vends only
health-related items, is in a private room in our health center and the health
center is accessible only by students. There is one machine only and the
medication is not available anywhere else on campus. In addition, no one can
walk in off the street and go into the health center. Students proceed to a
check-in desk located in the lobby and after checking in using appropriate identification are granted access to
the private treatment area.
The university is not
encouraging anyone to be sexually active. That is a decision each student makes
on his or her own. The university does strongly encourage all students to make
wise and appropriate decisions in all aspects of their lives.
Reproductive services are a
personal decision to be made by every man and woman. As such, the university is
providing students with a medication that they can obtain legally elsewhere as
part of their ability to make their own choices. The medication does come with
explanatory details about the drug, its usage and effects. Medical staff is
also always available for consultation before a purchase is made.
We will continue to work with
our students to provide them with a wide range of academic, pastoral and
personal counseling, and other support services while they are members of the
Shippensburg University community.