I received a letter from Student Care Services
When you receive a letter from a Student Care Services, this means that we received
information suggesting that you might benefit from a supportive conversation and connection
with additional support. Our goal is to meet with you, hear about what you have been
experiencing, and try to connect you with the right resources to help manage your
Student Care Serices is not part of the Student Conduct Office or Office of Institutional
Equity and Compliance (OIEC), and are not meeting with you as part of a formal investigation.
Meeting with Student Care is intended to be a non-punitive measure to help support
you through whatever you may be going through. We encourage you to contact us to schedule
a time to meet.
Your initial appointment with a member of the Student Care Services team may last
approximately 30 minutes to discuss your particular situation an assess options for
you as a student. Depending on the situation we will explore areas related to mental
and emotional health, academic difficulties, living environment, financial circumstances,
etc., in an effort to identify areas of need and options for support. We may discuss
processes available to assist the student in addition to on and off-campus resources
and options to address a student’s need.
Follow-up or Check-in Appointments
Follow-up or check-in appointments are a way for you to remain connected with SCS
to discuss your connection to resources, academic success, and mental and emotional
well-being. Often these follow up appointments are conducted during a 30 minute in-person
appointment, but you and SCS staff may also arrange to check in by phone, email or
video conference when appropriate.
If you've been in hospital for a behavioral health crisis, such as a psychiatric emergency
or medical care for severe intoxication, you will need to meet with a SCS in order
to support your transition back to the campus environment. The goal of this appointment
is to ensure you have the resources and care in place that you may need to maintain
your academic and personal well-being.
Class Absence Notifications
Unforeseen events or circumstances may occur that cause a student to be absent from
class. These could include illness, bereavement, accident, or a catastrophic event
such as fire. If such issues arise, students are encouraged to notify their instructors
as soon as possible in order to apprise them of the circumstances leading to their
absence from classes and to develop a plan, with a timetable, to make up missed coursework.
Students may be asked to provide documentation to provide perspective that the class
absence is warranted. Instructors are expected to make reasonable accommodations for
these class absences including administration of make-up assignments and exams whenever
possible. After receiving appropriate documentation, we can send a courtesy class
absence notification to faculty informing them of a student’s current situation and
the period of time the student is anticipating missing class. This memorandum does
not necessarily constitute an excused absence. It is strongly recommended that students
alert their academic advisor as well to notify them of the circumstances and discuss
potential next steps with them.
Class Absence Request