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Health Center Saturday hours changed to suit students

Students who plan to visit Health Services on Saturdays can sleep in an extra couple hours.

Director of Health Services Jessica Higgs said they are changing Saturday hours from 9-11 a.m. to 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

“This change will take effect the Saturday after Spring Break, March 26,” she said.

The hours are changing to help better accommodate students.

“In a meeting with the Student Advisory Committee it was requested that we either extend or change our Saturday hours,” Higgs said. “I looked at the feasibility of this request. While we did not show enough student use to extend our Saturday coverage, it was possible to move the hours to a later time when students may be more likely to take advantage of the service.”

Freshman AEP major Gina Dial said she agrees a later time frame would be better for students.

“The new hours seem to be a little better for weekends, since 11 to 1 is when a lot of people wake up on Saturday and 9 to 11 is when more people are still asleep or just waking up,” she said.

Students said the change will better suit their schedules.

“After having many late nights through the week finishing their homework or studying for projects, students need time to rest,” junior elementary education major Jason Windish said. “However, I believe the health center should be available on Saturdays for more than two hours.”

Higgs said Health Services does not have many students come in on Saturdays.

“We average one to two students that are seen on a Saturday and a handful of phone calls,” she said. “This may be because it was too early for students to utilize us or they were unaware that it was available.”

Health Services after-hours phone number is (309) 677-3200 and is available when no one is physically in the Health Center.