6.1 If you need somebody to talk to...
Student life can be stressful, and there may be times when you need additional help and support. Your tutor or advisor may be the first port of call, but the Chaplain and the Senior Tutor are also on hand to discuss sympathetically and confidentially any matter of concern. The College follows the Universityâ€™s guidelines on Confidentiality in Student Health and Welfare, which are available on the College website.
The JCR and MCR Presidents can also offer advice on welfare and can point you towards MCR and JCR officers who can help, or act as intermediaries.
The College Nurse and Doctor are also available (see section 6.3). The University Counselling Service can be approached independently, on the number given in section 6.4 below.
6.2 Students with Disabilities
The College has an Equal Opportunities Policy, (see Section 6.7), under the terms of which the College is committed to using its best endeavours to ensure that all of its activities are governed by principles of equality of opportunity, and that all students are helped to achieve their full academic potential. The College welcomes applications from disabled students and is committed to supporting them in their study at Lincoln. Alternative academic arrangements are dealt with by the Senior Tutor and Academic Administrator in conjunction with the Universityâ€™s central Disability Advisory Service (which can be contacted on 01865 280459). They also work closely with the Domestic Bursar, who can advise on domestic arrangements and physical/access matters. They are all happy to discuss any extra support which students with disabilities might need, and which can reasonably be provided.
The Academic Administrator is the initial point of contact to discuss either of the above and refer you to the Disability Advisory Service for assessment or reassessment if necessary. She will request alternative examination arrangements, if required, from the Proctors.
6.3 Medical Arrangements
6.3.1 The College Doctors
The College requires all students to register with a doctor in Oxford, preferably with the College doctors, Dr Ganczâ€™s surgery on King Edward Street (phone 01865 242657). Most students do this before they arrive. If you register with another doctor you should inform the Nurse and the Academic Administrator. The surgery is open from 8am to 6pm, and you should ring for an appointment (except emergencies).
The College Nurse is available at the College Surgery in Chapel Quad for an hour each day during weeks 0-9, from 1 pm to 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 am to 9 am on Tuesday and Thursday.
Students living in College accommodation who are confined to bed by illness should let the Lodge know by 9.30 am. The Lodge (01865 279800) should also be contacted in case of accident or sudden illness and the Porter will call for the doctor or nurse. In emergencies, an ambulance should of course be called straight away, but the Lodge should also be informed so that College Officers such as the Senior Tutor and Dean are aware.
6.3.2 Overseas Students and Medical Care
Free treatment is available to all overseas students who come to this country for a course lasting more than six months. Overseas students will be treated as ordinarily resident and will not have to pay for hospital treatment (i.e. be treated under the National Health Service (NHS)). However, students with pre-existing conditions which may require hospital care may not always be covered.
Specialist treatment: all referrals must be made by a General Practitioner (GP) - your doctor in Oxford. Serious illnesses are always treated quickly under the NHS. However, non-emergency appointments to see a specialist under the NHS may be very slow. Students may opt to see a specialist privately, but this is usually expensive.
Chiropractors, complementary therapists, osteopaths and physiotherapists are all available privately at various costs (no GP referral necessary).
Lincoln College students can register with Studental, the dental practice at Oxford Brookes University, phone 01865 484608 and see www.studental.co.uk. This practice offers NHS dental care. Please note that for most students NHS dental care is not free but it is moderately priced. For information on possible exemptions from charges see the Studental website.
6.3.4 First Aid in College
Several members of staff are qualified in First Aid. When the College Nurse is not on duty, please contact the Lodge (279800) for help.
6.4 Other Sources of Support in the University
Hopefully, the combination of forms of support and medical help outlined above enough for your needs while at Lincoln. If you feel that you need any support or counselling from outside the College, then you can contact Nightline on Oxford (2)70270, or Samaritans on Oxford 722122. You can also approach the University Counselling Service directly on Oxford 270300. Below are the main phone numbers which you might need in your time at Lincoln.
College Lodge: (2)79800
College Doctors: 242657*
College Nurse: (2)79817
College Chaplain: (2)79789
College Office (2) 79801/79844/87347
Police Station 249881
University Counselling Service: (2)70300
For University/College numbers, omit the (2) if ringing internally.
* Note: this surgery number should be used at all times â€“ callers will be redirected out of hours.
6.5 Sex, Drugs and Bicycle Helmets, or, Looking After Yourself
To start with the last (and perhaps simplest!) bit first: you may be quite happy pottering around town on foot, given that Lincoln is so central, but like many students you may want to get a bike (if only for an extra five minutes in bed!). Please remember that Oxford city centre is a busy and potentially dangerous place to cycle â€“ make sure you know the rules of the road, wear a helmet and have good lights in place (the police do spot checks and fine cyclists without lights when the nights start dropping in).
Sex is obviously a deeply personal matter, but do remember the simple advice not to feel pressured into anything that you are uncomfortable with. The doctor and nurse can provide advice about safe sex and contraception. The JCR and MCR Welfare Officers can also discreetly supply condoms on request. The College has a code covering sexual harassment, which you can find on the College website.
In a student city, there is plenty of temptation to drink far too much. Try to keep your alcohol consumption within healthy levels â€“ 14 units per week for women and 21 for men â€“ and remember that strong beer or large glasses of wine may have more units than you think. As well as being bad for your health, writing an essay or following a complicated lecture with a hangover is no fun, and alcohol will be seen as an aggravating factor should any drunken escapades be brought before the Dean. Students are of course forbidden to use illegal drugs. Remember that even â€˜Class Câ€™ drugs are addictive, dangerous, and severely impede academic work.
If a student does develop a drug or alcohol problem there is a clinic at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford which provides a 24-hour drugs/alcohol advisory service (phone 01865 226243). The College wishes to protect confidentiality and put students in touch with professionals who can help with drugs misuse whenever possible, but we are bound by Civil and University regulations to discipline any members using or dealing in drugs on its premises. The By-Law governing such cases is set out (By-Law VI:D, referred to, is printed in section 10.9) below:
i. The intentional or reckless use, offering, selling or giving of illegal drugs by junior members shall constitute â€˜misbehaviourâ€™ for the purposes of By-law VI:D.
ii. If the Dean believes there to be at least a substantial prima facie case that a junior member is guilty of misbehaviour under (i) above, then subject to the proviso below, the Dean shall:
(a) in the case of alleged use of â€˜Class Câ€™ drugs on the Collegeâ€™s premises: proceed with the matter under By-law VI:D.2 (using Course 2).
(b) in the case of alleged use of â€˜Class Câ€™ drugs on another collegeâ€™s or University premises: report the matter to the Proctors.
(c) in the case of alleged use of â€˜Class Aâ€™ or â€˜Class Bâ€™ drugs, or of alleged offering, selling or giving of any illegal drugs, anywhere: report the matter to the police (and also to the Proctors).
The proviso is that the Dean shall not proceed in this way if the evidence against the junior member arises only from the junior member having approached an appropriate person with a view to seeking help.
iii. In cases ii(b) and ii(c), the Dean shall however leave open the possibility of postponed College disciplinary proceedings under By-law VI:D.2.vi; and report the matter to the Sub-Rector so that the Sub-Rector may consider the exclusion of the junior member under By-law VI:D.3.
iv. In case ii(a), if the Disciplinary Committee finds that the junior member is very probably guilty of the misbehaviour alleged â€“
(a) if this is the first recorded instance of misbehaviour involving drugs during the particular junior memberâ€™s time at the College, the Committeeâ€™s determination of the case shall normally take the form of an admonition; together with a fine and/or medical conditions if the Committee thinks appropriate.
(b) if this is the second or subsequent instance of misbehaviour involving drugs during the particular junior memberâ€™s time at the College, the Committee shall have available to it the full range of determinations generally at its disposal.
Essentially, remember to eat well, get enough sleep, take some exercise, relax and have a laugh with your friends (and look after them when it all gets a bit much). If you find yourself struggling the most important thing is to talk to us â€“ your tutors, the Senior Tutor, the Chaplain, Rector, JCR/MCR officers, the doctor or nurse â€“ whoever you feel the most comfortable with. It can be difficult balancing student life, especially if this the first time youâ€™ve lived away from home and your tutors will be sympathetic as long as youâ€™re doing your best to help yourself.
6.6 Equal Opportunities
It is the Collegeâ€™s policy to treat all of its personnel in the same way, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability or political orientation. The College's Equal Opportunity Policy, which includes sections on the above equality classifications, can be found on the College website.