Student Affairs provides a variety of support and advocacy resources. Assistance can include counseling and emotional support as well as help in changing your academic, living, transportation, and/or working situations. Examples of situations with which we can assist include academic distress, financial insecurity, housing or food insecurity, death of an immediate family member, family emergency/crisis, mental health concerns, medical emergency and/or hospitalization, long-term illness, local natural disaster, and unexpected events or challenges.
Student Care and Advocacy uses a coordinated, team approach when empowering students as they navigate unforeseen difficulties. We suggest a course of action that considers the needs of the individual in the context of available resources. Our case managers’ recommendations are guided by an ethic of care and attention to the safety and well-being of individuals and the campus community. The approach is one of empowerment, encouraging students to maximize their educational experience and prepare for involvement in the larger community and life beyond college.
We Strive to
- Listen effectively, provide timely and accurate information, and encourage mutual respect throughout the process.
- Act in the best interests of students and provide them with information on the University's regulations and policies, which enhances their ability to navigate the university.
- Build relationships by treating each student as an individual and encouraging others to do the same.
- Meet the needs of students by collaborating with other staff and faculty to offer alternatives and to resolve issues.
- Coordinate the response to crises and offer assistance to all affected family members and students.
We welcome any opportunity to provide consultation, answer questions, respond to concerns, or direct you to the resource best equipped to meet your needs.