Graduate study can be an emotionally and financially grueling endeavor, and we in the English department are committed to the physical security, mental health, and financial stability of all our students. This webpage aggregates UGA and community resources available to graduate students who find themselves in a precarious situation. Students are also encouraged to contact the Graduate Coordinator for additional department-level aid.
This site was last updated Feb. 2022 to include the Ombuds program. It continues to include COVID-specific resources added 2020.
Crisis and Support Lines
Crisis Text Lines: text "HOME" to 741741
Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL): 1-800-715-4225
National Domestic Violence Hotline:1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
The University of Georgia Ombudspersons are designated individuals who serve as independent, neutral, and informal resources for UGA students, faculty, and staff. These individuals provide information and assistance regarding administrative processes and may serve as additional avenues for resolving the concerns of students, faculty, and staff. See an ombudsperson if you have a problem, concern or issue at work, you don’t know where to go for help, you are reluctant to go through formal channels for assistance, or you need a safe place to explore your options.
Note that the Ombudspersons are NOT mandatory reporters (see below, under Sexual Health and Assault Resources). So if you find yourself in a sexual assault/harassment situation, you will be able to talk with them without necessarily having the incident reported to EOO.
Wellness and Prevention
BeWellUGA is the University Health Center’s collection of mindfulness workshops, virtual programs,and wellness coaching. Its goal is to connect students with the resources they need to manage their stress, anxiety, nutrition, and other life factors to maintain balance and wellness. They are running many, many workshops and mindfulness exercises (including daily yoga) for the UGA community.
The Fontaine Center at the University Health Center offers many different prevention services, including wellness coaching to help you set personal goals and develop sustainable behaviors to ensure your wellbeing.
Mental Health Resources
CAPS is dedicated to student mental health and wellbeing. They support students in achieving both academic and personal life goals. CAPS is committed to providing high quality, affordable, and confidential services to UGA students and their eligible partners. CAPS strives to provide care that is sensitive to and respectful of the needs of diverse students, and to create a safe, inclusive and affirming environment. Schedule your first appointment for free via the link above.
As of Summer 2020, CAPS is offering additional telehealth services, including group counseling sessions. They have aggregated a wide variety of self-care resources targeted especially at maintaining your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. They have also gathered an array of resources for the Black/African-American community as part of that same webpage.
Located in the Psychology Building on campus, The Psychology Clinic offers both a small, people-oriented clinic and the resources of a top-rated clinical psychology program. The Psychology Clinic is staffed by graduate students in UGA’s Clinical Training Program who work under the close supervision of our clinical faculty and associated licensed psychologists. Call to make an appointment or visit their website at the link above.
firstname.lastname@example.org * 706-542-4486
The ASPIRE Clinic is a unique resource that provides holistic counseling and education services to UGA and the Athens community. Believing that problems don’t exist in isolation, they offer an array of services that include individual, couple, and family therapy, financial counseling and education, nutrition counseling and education, and also legal problem solving.
The Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation provides professional services for a wide range of interpersonal, behavioral, and educational concerns. Based within the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services in Aderhold Hall, they are a mental health clinic that serves all ages in the community as well as UGA students, faculty, and staff. Their services are provided by graduate clinicians in training under the supervision of department faculty. Services are paid on a sliding fee scale.
Financial Precarity Resources
The Mission of Student Care and Outreach is to provide individualized assistance to students experiencing hardship circumstances, support to faculty and staff working with students in distress, and guidance to parents seeking help and information on behalf of their students. Visit the link above for more information regarding the services they provide and how they can help you. Many of the resources below have been aggregated by SCO.
This website contains resources for students experiencing financial difficulties, including information about no-interest loans and emergency funding options.
Single Semester Short term loans are handled through the bursar’s office. These are loans that are given to qualified students after the first day of the current semester and must be repaid in full during the semester they are made.
Supplied by Student Affairs, this page lists many of the resources below, plus additional community support services.
The UGA Student Food Pantry
Tate 146 * M-F 10 AM – 2 PM
The UGA Student Food Pantry provides non-perishable and refrigerated food items to students in need. The pantry is operated by student volunteers and receives donations from student
organizations, community members, and friends & family of UGA.
The Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Food Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that awards meal plans to several UGA students each fall and spring semester. If you find yourself struggling to afford essential meals during your time as a student here at UGA, you may qualify for this opportunity. Email with any questions.
Dawson Hall * M-F 7AM –7PM
Bulldog Basics is an initiative by EMBARK@ UGA and Family and Consumer Sciences to provide students in need with essential hygiene items such as laundry detergent, deodorant, shampoo, and more for no cost. It is discreetly located in accessible unisex restrooms on the first and third floors of Dawson Hall, across from the elevator.
Suit Up Event
Sponsored by JC Penney and the Career Center
Clarke-Howell Hall * 706-542-3375 * email@example.com
Hosted in early September before The Fall Career & Internship Fair, this one-day event provides
students with a steep 70% discount on JC Penney apparel. Need-based scholarships of $200 scholarship are available by application. Reach out to The Career Center for more information.
Sexual Health and Assault Resources
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted in a UGA context, please remember that all faculty and staff (i.e, employees) are mandatory reporters under EOO guidelines -- we must report the assault to the EOO/Title IX coordinator. However, some campus resources are fully confidential; the UGA service providers who have a statutory privilege of confidentiality are listed on the EOO Title IX website.
The Fontaine Center at the University Health Center provides services for prevention, including bystander intervention programs; for interpersonal violence; and for victims of sexual assault. They also provide assistance for friends and family of sexual assault survivors and related resources.
The Cottage is an Athens community (non-UGA) support service for survivors of sexual assault and child abuse. They provide medical and legal advocacy for survivors, as well as counseling for individuals who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives. Members of the English department have served on The Cottage’s board.
Resources for Student-Parents
If you or someone you know is in a phase of life that involves parenting (or the expectation of parenting), there are resources available to assist you. Student Care and Outreach within the Office of the Dean of Students is available to you and can provide you with important information and resources; you can contact them at 706-542-7774. Additionally, the student group Uplifting Parents at UGA works to provide peer support and resources to students who are pregnant or parenting; you can find out more about their work at http://www.upatuga.org/, or contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are on all the usual social media outlets: https://www.facebook.com/UpliftingParentsUGA/, https://twitter.com/up_at_uga, and https://www.instagram.com/up_at_uga/.