Student Communications: 11/19/13

From: Margaret Klawunn and Katherine Bergeron
Email to: Undergraduate students

Dear Brown undergraduate:

This fall semester has included more than the usual share of controversy and debate on our campus.  In any year, this is a stressful time of the semester.  We have been hearing from students that the events and discussions over the past weeks have taken a great deal of time, energy, and emotional investment.  As academic commitments intensify, many students may be feeling a greater than usual strain on their well-being and focus.

We care about your academic success and are committed to supporting you.  The time to reflect over the Thanksgiving break may prompt you to realize that you could use some assistance in completing this semester. We are writing now to remind you of the many university resources that are available to help you manage your coursework and take care of your health.  Please do not hesitate to access the resources listed below.


Margaret Klawunn
Vice President for Campus Life & Student Services

Katherine Bergeron
Dean of the College

Resources for Student Support

Deans of the College (863-9800) are available Monday through Friday for academic guidance and support. To see a dean, schedule an appointment (Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm) or come into deans’ open hours (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Tuesday and Thursday until 6pm); check the schedule for hours and locations.  Final exams: Students are required to sit for their final exams as scheduled, except in the case of serious family or medical emergencies. In emergency situations, students should speak with a dean of the college, who will determine whether or not an excuse is warranted.  All make-ups are offered in the first few days of the upcoming semester.

Deans of Student Life (863-3145) are available during business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm) by appointment at 42 Charlesfield Street, Grad Center E.  Emergency support is available during non-business hours (evenings and weekends) through the Administrator-on-Call program.  The Administrator-on-Call can be reached by calling Brown Public Safety (863-3322).

Psychological Services (863-3476) is open for regular appointments Monday-Friday 8:30 am-5pm in J. Walter Wilson, Room 516. To schedule an appointment, call or walk in. There is a Clinician-on-Call nights and weekends who can also be reached by calling 863-3476.

University Health Services (863-3953) is located at 13 Brown Street. Call 863-3953 for a same-day appointment. Health Services is open 7 days a week when classes are in session; medical advice from a nurse is available 24 hours a day by calling 863-1330.  If you missed the flu clinics, free flu shots are still available at Health Services. Check the Health Services website for more information on services and hours.

The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life (OCRL) (863-2344) serves all members of the Brown community regardless of religious affiliation.  The chaplains are available for confidential counsel and assistance, and can be reached through the University's on-call system at all times. OCRL’s offices are on the 4th floor of J. Walter Wilson with open hours daily on a drop-in basis and by appointment.  Contact the chaplains by phone or consult the website for additional information about programs and support

The LGBTQ Center (386-3062) is located in room 321 of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center (Faunce House).  Students can drop in any time Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. but an appointment is recommended.  To make an appointment, please call the office or email the program director, Kelly Garrett.

Third World Center (TWC) is located at 68 Brown Street (Partridge Hall) and is open Monday-Friday 8am-11pm. Staff members are available Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm.

Sarah Doyle Women's Center (863-2189) at 26 Benevolent Street is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm and by appointment.  Students may contact the director, Gail Cohee, or the coordinator, Felicia Salinas.

The Office of Residential Life is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm on the lower level of Graduate Center E.  Staff members are available for drop-ins or appointments.  Residential Peer Leaders (RPLs) and Community Directors (CDs) living in residence halls are available to members of their community 7 days a week. Please see any Residential Life staff member for assistance in locating appropriate resources. 

The Curricular Resource Center (CRC), is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, room 228 in the Campus Center. CRC staff and students help each other engage with Brown's curriculum and utilize academic resources, facilitate programs and advising efforts, assist with independent study and independent concentration proposal process, and offer advising about time off from college. Students may also email the director, Peggy Chang, for an appointment.