Health & Safety

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WCJC is dedicated to the health and safety of all of our students, employees, and guests. Find support and access resources to stay healthy and safe on and off campus.

Support for Your Well-Being

At WCJC, we care about your overall well-being.  Use these resources to find support for mental and physical health.
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Counseling & Mental Health Services
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Work with one of our licensed counselors to heal and maintain your mental health.
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Alcohol & Drug Use Resources
Concerned about your or a close family/friend's alcohol and drug use? Use these resources to find support.
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Pregnant and Parenting Students
Resources and accommodations are available for students who are pregnant and parenting.
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Food Pantry
The WCJC Pioneer Homestead is a reservation-based food pantry supporting all current students.  Each campus has a food pantry supplied with pre-packaged bags. Clothing vouchers are also available upon request. Questions?  Email
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Emergency Aid
Funded by the WCJC Foundation, the emergency aid grant helps students persist by providing immediate assistance when they face unanticipated financial emergencies that could derail their educational goals.  Questions? Email

Stay Safe at WCJC

Your safety is our top priority. Although we believe WCJC is a safe place for all students, employees, and guests, we're here to help in case something goes wrong. If you see something, say something! File an incident report or contact the Security Department at any time if you need help.
Contact Us With any safety concerns

Health Prevention Resources

WCJC is committed to providing you with a quality education in an environment that promotes their overall health and safety. Moreover, we remain committed to our faculty and staff, who continue to instruct, serve, and support our students throughout this difficult time. Pioneers can #PreventtheSpread by:

  • Wear a face mask/covering in public/shared spaces.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Continue to maintain social distancing, when possible.
  • Self-screen for symptoms before coming to campus and stay home if you are sick.
  • Get immunized against COVID-19 to protect yourself and others!

Please continue to regularly check for updates to College protocols and procedures regarding our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consider these immunizations to prevent the spread of disease and maintain the health and well-being of yourself and those around you.

  • Bacterial Meningitis: Under the requirements of a law enacted by the Texas State Legislature, if you're under 22 years of age and entering higher education, must demonstrate proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis or they must demonstrate exemption from the vaccination.
  • Hepatitis B: If you're enrolled in a health-related course, you must be immunized against Hepatitis B and show proof of immunization. 
  • Mumps, Measles, and Rubella: According to the Texas Department of Health, those born between 1963 and 1968 may not have been properly immunized. The single-dose immunization that many received was inadequate. Anyone born within this time period should see their doctor or visit a public health clinic for proper immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • Tetanus: The tetanus vaccine is effective for about 10 years and should be boosted at 10-year intervals in combination with the Diphtheria Vaccine. 
  • Poliomyelitis: Polio immunization in the U.S. is not recommended for anyone over 18, proof of immunization must be given if entering a health-related program.

For more information on immunizations, call the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Immunization Division at 1-800-252-9152.

Bacterial meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely quickly. It is easily spread by direct contact, or by droplets of respiratory secretions (coughing, sneezing, kissing, and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation).  This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year.  Although treatment is available, those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities.

Bacterial meningitis symptoms are often confused with the common flu. However, the symptoms can progress rapidly and lead to long-term severe health problems or death. 

Vaccines are the most effective way to protect against certain types of bacterial meningitis.  There are vaccines for 4 types of bacteria that can cause meningitis.

  • Meningococcal vaccines help protect against  meningitidis
  • Pneumococcal vaccines help protect against  pneumoniae
  • Haemophilus influenzaeserotype b (Hib) vaccines help protect against Hib
  • Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine helps protect against tuberculosis disease, but is not widely used in the United States

Risks associated with vaccines include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot is given, tiredness, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain, fever, chills, nausea, or diarrhea can happen after meningococcal B vaccination. Some of these reactions occur in more than half of the people who receive the vaccine.

Texas Senate Bill 1107 requires all students entering an institution of higher education, who are 21 years of age or younger, to demonstrate proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis. Vaccinations must have been received within the previous five (5) years, and no later than 10 days prior to the first day of the semester.

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control website. 

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).  HIV damages your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick.  If HIV is left untreated, it can wreak havoc on a person’s immune system, making the body less able to fight off infections.  According to the CDC, about 1.5 million adults and teens are living with HIV infection in the U.S.  You cannot have AIDS without being infected with HIV, but people can, and do, live long lives (on treatment) with HIV and never develop AIDS.

How does HIV Spread?

HIV is carried in semen, vaginal fluids, anal mucus, blood and breast milk, and most people contract HIV through anal or vaginal sex or sharing needles syringes.   HIV is not transmitted through saliva, sweat, or tears.  It is not spread through casual contact like hugging, holding hands, coughing or sneezing.  And you can’t get it from toilet seats, bedding, swimming pools or insect bites.

If you know you’ve been exposed to HIV, the best way to feel confident in your status is to get tested.  HIV can’t be cured, but it can be controlled and much of the damage from the infection can be reversed or prevented.  However, if HIV is left untreated, serious infections and cancers occur because of the weakened immune system.

HIV Prevention

There are many ways to prevent the spread of HIV.  Using condoms every time you have sex and not sharing needles can help protect you and your partners from HIV.  If you don’t have HIV, there is also a daily medication called PrEP that can protect you from HIV.

How is HIV Treated?

According to, there is not an effective cure at this time.  But, HIV can be controlled with antiretroviral therapy, and if done correctly, this therapy could prolong the lives of those diagnosed with HIV.

WCJC Policy Regarding Communicable Diseases

WCJC does not discriminate in enrollment against any student solely on the grounds that the student has a communicable disease.  A student may not be denied access to College facilities, programs, functions or activities solely on the grounds that the student has a communicable disease.  However, if the College makes a medically based determination that the restriction is necessary for the welfare of the person who has the communicable disease and/or the welfare of the campus community, WCJC reserves the right to exclude a person with a communicable disease from College facilities, programs, functions or activities.

It is critical that everyone understand the nature of this communicable disease and how it is transmitted. For additional information, call one of the following AIDS hotlines:

  • Houston AIDS Hotline: 832-393-5010
  • Texas AIDS line: 1-800-299-AIDS
  • National AIDS Hotline: 1-800-CDC-INFO
  • TDD/TTY for the hearing impaired: 1-800-252-8012