- Winter Weather Alert

KU to close at noon on Wednesday

Last Updated: 11/26/14, 11:50 a.m.

Due to the severe weather in the area, Kutztown University will close at noon today, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

Essential personnel should report as directed. 

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Sickle Cell Requirements

The NCAA is mandating that, effective August 1, 2012, all student-athletes must be tested for Sickle Cell Trait, show proof of a prior test or sign a waiver releasing the University of liability if they decline to be tested. In accordance with this mandate, the Kutztown University Office of Sports Medicine is requiring all student-athletes to be tested for Sickle Cell Trait, show proof of a prior test or sign a waiver releasing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the University, its officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all costs, liability, expense claims, demands, charges, or causes of action on account of any loss or personal injury that might result from my non-compliance with the mandate of the NCAA and the Kutztown University Office of Sports Medicine.

NCAA Bylaw:
17.1.5.1 Sickle Cell Solubility Test. The examination or evaluation of student-athletes who are beginning their initial season of eligibility and students who are trying out for a team shall include a sickle cell solubility test (SST), unless documented results of a prior test are provided to the institution or the student-athlete declines the test and signs a written release.

Every Kutztown University Student-Athlete Needs to Complete the following form: KU Sickle Cell Trait Reporting Form.

There are three (3) options below you may choose from:

1)    Submit documentation showing what your Sickle Cell Trait status is. 
        You can do this by:

        a.  Contacting your pediatrician or birth hospital and get documentation
             showing your Sickle Cell Trait status. 

        b.  Requesting  a copy of your newborn screening information/results
             from your respective state Dept. of Health (birth state). 

             For those born in Pennsylvania, please CLICK HERE for directions.

      NOTE:  Testing for Sickle Cell in PA began in Sept 1992. 
                    
If you were born prior to this date, you’ll need to get tested. 
                     If you were born in another state, contact that states Dept. of Health
                     to request your Sickle Cell Trait status.

OR

2)    Schedule an appointment with your family physician to have the
        Sickle Cell Trait testing done.

        NOTE:  This test needs to be in the form of a blood test.

OR

3)    Sign the waiver releasing the State of Pennsylvania, the University, its
       officers, employees and agents from any and all costs, liability, expense
       claims, demands or causes of action on account off any loss or personal
       injury that might result from your non-compliance with the mandate of the
       NCAA and the Kutztown University Sports Medicine Department.

       NOTE:  The signing of the waiver is NOT recommended.
       If this option is selected, the waiver must be signed every year.  It is
       preferred that all student-athletes know their status to help ensure their
       health and well-being during participation in Intercollegiate Athletics.  We
       are advising all student-athletes to consult with their parent or guardian
       before signing the waiver.

 

Additional Information Items:

Kutztown University Sickle Cell Position Statement

Pennsylvania Newborn Screening Website

Pennsylvania Newborn Authorization Request Form

Sickle Cell Trait Questions & Answers

NCAA Sickle Cell Education Poster for Students

NCAA Sickle Cell Trait Educational Materials & Resources

NCAA Sickle Cell Video

 

last updated 5/2013