In order to support and retain our diverse student body, the Division of Student Affairs offers a multitude of services designed to address the holistic needs of all students. These services include, but are not limited to, the Brooklyn College Health Clinic, Health Programs/Immunizations Requirements, Emergency Medical Squad (EMS), Personal Counseling, Lay Advocate, Office of Student Assistance and Referral (including Petrie Emergency Grants), Women’s Center, Center for Student Disability Services, Office of Judicial Affairs, Student Life and Housing, Civic Engagement and New Student Orientation, Commencement Planning, Wellness Improvements through Student Education (W.I.S.E.) Program and Veterans Affairs.
Students are strongly encouraged to visit these areas to find out more on what they have to offer. Remember, “a stitch in time saves nine,” so don’t wait until an issue arises and you are unaware of which resources can help you.
Feeling under the weather? Visit the Health Clinic, which offers flu shots, immunizations, laboratory testing, gynecological care, pregnancy detection and rapid HIV testing, among many other services. While you’re at it, swing by the Health Programs/Immunization Requirements Office, responsible for fostering opportunities to educate students about important health-related issues as well as processing your immunization requirements. If you require serious or urgent medical attention on or near the campus, our volunteer emergency medical squad will provide emergency medical aid, including ambulance service.
Brooklyn College is very much concerned with the mental health and emotional well-being of all of our students. Personal Counseling is available free to all students. A staff of psychologists, counselors and social workers are available to assist you with personal issues or problems you may experience during your academic years, and all services are confidential. Aside from counseling, the office offers a variety of workshops that help students with study skills, time management, and handling stress and test anxiety. The Women’s Center is also a great resource. It is the oldest college women’s center in the United States and promotes focused programming and activities that raise awareness of women’s issues and, in return, empower participants to live a life that will reduce victimization and encourage self-sufficiency, independence, and personal academic and personal success. The Office of Judicial Affairs is another resource where you can get help if you have concerns or need help resolving conflicts. The Behavioral Education and Support Team (B.E.S.T.) also provides advice and referrals regarding challenging student behavior.
Need legal advice? Visit the Lay Advocate Office, which offers free preventive law and paralegal counseling under the supervision of an attorney. Confidentiality is ensured in all matters.
We want all of our students to feel at home when they come to Brooklyn College, especially those who have special needs and require access to accommodations. The Center for Student Disability Services provides students with disabilities preadmission interviews, priority registration, individual counseling, auxiliary aids (e.g., readers, writers, laboratory assistants), individual testing accommodations and arrangements, advocacy and direct liaison with offices that provide college services.
Feeling stressed? Having trouble juggling all your course work with other responsibilities? Wish you could get advice from someone who knows what you’re going through? Look no further! The Wellness Improvements through Student Education (W.I.S.E.) Program is a wellness and support program designed to help students make informed decisions and improve overall wellness. This program, sponsored through the Office of Judicial Affairs and CUNY, provides students with information on alcohol awareness and prevention, and the dimensions of wellness, as well as one-on-one sessions in which W.I.S.E. members can receive academic and social guidance from more experienced students.
Managing your budget and finances can also help reduce your stress, so visit the Office of Central Depository for opportunities and advice regarding financial literacy workshops. Despite how much you plan, you may face an emergency situation that affects your finances, and a Petrie grant may help.
A welcoming campus climate doesn’t happen by accident. The Campus Beautification Project oversees and maintains the many bulletin boards throughout the campus where you can promote campus activities by posting flyers. Our beautiful quads are also available for campus-wide outdoor programming. The friendly staff in main office of the Student Center can provide you with guidance regarding the process for quad use.
The Division of Student Affairs will assist in referring you to the appropriate services. Specifically, the Office of Student Assistance and Referral (SAR) assists all students in gaining access to college services and programs for which they are eligible and is a good place to start if you are unsure of where to go to request any type of support on campus.