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Campus Resources: Knowing Who to Ask for Help

September 29, 2015

By Kelly Pedersen

At Mason there are numerous resources to assist students with academic and personal issues that may come up during the course of their studies. These resources, staffed by trained professionals, are designed to assist students with issues that often arise in graduate school. Part of being a successful student is knowing who to ask for help and where to go for assistance.

  1. Student Health Services:

We have clinics on all of our campuses with physicians and nurses who can diagnose and treat many common injuries and illnesses. They also can provide immunizations, fill prescriptions and address women’s and men’s health issues. There is no charge to speak with a health care provider and nominal fees for lab work, medications, dressings, etc. If you require care that is out of our clinics’ realm, an outside physician or facility can be recommended.

  1. Counseling and Psychological Services:

CAPS provide confidential personal and academic services to students. Individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, consultations to students, faculty and staff, and community education programs are offered.

  1. The Office of Student Support:

Student Support serves as the central resource for assisting students who are encountering barriers to their academic success and personal growth. The office connects students with appropriate Mason and off-campus resources and implements action plans for students in need of intervention, including crisis intervention. Please contact Student Support if you observe behavior that causes concern about a student or other community member’s safety, feel threatened by a student or otherwise notice behavior changes in a student that cause concern.

  1. Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services (WAVES):

WAVES helps students develop and maintain healthy lifestyles by addressing some of the most challenging issues they may face during their collegiate years: Healthy relationships, Sexual assault, Drug and alcohol use, Nutrition and body image, Stress management, and Sexual health. The office provides educational programming, one-on-one support and counseling, group support, and advocacy services. We believe students are most successful when healthy and happy and we support them in finding that balance for themselves.

  1. Financial Aid:

The office of student financial aid is available to speak with students about a myriad of financial issues including applying for aid, scholarships, grants, loans, federal work study programs, and military/ veterans issues.

  1. Office of International Programs and Services:

Mason has been host and home to thousands of students, researchers, and faculty members from around the world. The Office of International Programs and Services educates, celebrates and serves the Mason community, including international and domestic students, faculty and exchange visitors, by helping them reach their highest academic and personal goals. The Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) advises non-immigrant students, scholars, faculty, and staff at George Mason University.  If you have questions or concerns related to your immigration status, we are here to help. The office offers the opportunity to meet with an advisor, help with document processing, and cultural, social, and educational programs.

  1. Office of Disability Services

As part of George Mason University’s continuing commitment to upholding the letter and spirit of the laws that ensure equal treatment of people with disabilities, the university established and maintains Disability Services. Under the administration of University Life, the center implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities.
Disability Services is available to serve all students with disabilities, including those with cognitive (e.g., learning, psychological, and closed head injury), sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments.

  1. The Writing Center:

The George Mason University Writing Center is committed to supporting writers in the Mason community as they work to construct and share knowledge through writing. They provide writers with the opportunity to test out ideas with a tutorial staff comprised of trustworthy and attentive readers and listeners. They support writers from the beginning, exploratory stages of the writing process to the final phases of polishing the final version.

In service of these ideals, the Writing Center offers the Mason community the following:

  • Supportive and well-trained graduate and undergraduate tutors who are invested in the writing process, as they are experienced writers themselves
  • ESL specialist tutors with a linguistics background
  • An administrative staff well versed in current teaching and tutoring writing research and practice
  • The opportunity to meet with tutors face-to-face or to receive email-based tutoring through the Online Writing Lab
  • Weekly graduate student write-ins
  • A collaborative relationship with Mason libraries to support writers in their research and research integration
  • Writing workshops designed to address the needs of student writers

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