Well-being, Crisis and Other Resources

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Connecting Students to Resources

Members of the ODUS staff help undergraduates connect to University resources designed to support students both in times of crisis and in ongoing ways.  The directors of student life (DSLs), whose offices are located in each residential college, serve as case managers in crisis situations. They are also available to talk with students about well-being concerns and can refer them to appropriate campus resources.  DSLs and other ODUS staff partner with staff in many other offices to address issues of concern, respond to problems and conflicts and identify resources that can best support students and ensure their continuing success. Those offices include:

Counseling and Psychological Services

University Health Services

Office of Religious Life

Department of Public Safety

Ombuds Office

Office of Disability Services

SHARE

Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity

Occasionally, students may decide to take a leave of absence to address personal or medical issues.  For more information about taking a leave of absence, students should contact their residential college dean and consult the Undergraduate Announcement.  The following list of “Frequently Asked Questions” may also be helpful for students who are considering a leave for medical or psychological reasons.

Emergencies

Deans on Call - Members of the ODUS staff serve in an on call rotation after business hours and on weekends in case of emergencies and can be reached by calling the Department of Public Safety (258-1000).

Deans Emergency Fund - ODUS provides financial support to high financial need students in the event of an emergency, necessary and critical medical care, or to travel home for a family emergency. This fund is restricted to medical or travel emergencies, and does not include the purchase of personal items, such as clothes, computers, etc. The Office of Financial Aid creates financial aid packages, appropriate to individual student needs that include allocations for travel home during breaks, expenses for personal items, and other non-emergency expenses.

Contact Associate Dean Mellisa Thompson to request funding. (258-3054)