Policies and General Information
Support Services for Graduate Students
The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) , composed of graduate student representatives from various graduate programs, provides a forum for discussion of graduate student issues and assists the dean and the Executive Committee in matters affecting graduate students. Issues considered by GSS include academic matters, professional development and student life. GSS sponsors occasional social events and conducts a mini-grants program to support, in part, expenses associated with student travel for professional purposes.
Center for Cultural Pluralism
The Center for Cultural Pluralism coordinates efforts to create a campus culture based on equality, respect for all members of our community, and appreciation of diversity. The Center is a highly visible, tangible symbol of commitment to inclusiveness and multicultural education. It provides a central meeting place for individuals and groups working on diversity issues and facilitates interaction and cooperation among students, faculty, and staff, and with members of the larger Burlington community as well.
The Center for Cultural Pluralism is located in Allen House on the University Green at the corner of Main Street and South Prospect, (802) 656-8833. Visitors are welcome.
ALANA Student Center
The primary goal of the Center is to help meet the academic, cultural, social, and emotional needs of ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian, and Native American) students by providing resources and support. The Center offers information and programs to promote a just, multiracial campus climate. Several ALANA student groups (Alianza Latina, Asian American Student Union, Black Student Union, South Asian Sangam, and Urban Flava) meet at the Center. The Center has a small computer lab, meeting/study space, kitchen, and television lounge.
The ALANA Student Center is located in Blundell House on Redstone Campus, (802) 656-3819.
Career Services staff assist first year students through graduate students from all majors. They provide information and individual counseling on all aspects of career preparation and job search.
Career Services is located at Living/Learning Center, E Building, 656-3450. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Center for Health and Wellbeing
The Center for Health and Wellbeing is available to all students for primary and preventive health care (including: Medical, Women's and Sports Therapy Clinics; mental health counseling, nutrition counseling, psychiatry, drug and alcohol services; health promotion and education). Most of these services are covered by the health fee. Students entering the university are required to furnish the Center with a complete immunization record to include two valid measles (Rubeola) vaccinations and a medical history. A physical examination is not required.
The Burlington area has a large and sophisticated medical community of which the Center for Health and Wellbeing is a part. Students requiring consultations are referred to specialists in the area. When necessary, hospitalization is usually arranged at the Fletcher Allen Hospital, a teaching hospital located on the edge of the main campus. Note: The University Health Center (UHC) is not the UVM Student Health/Medical Clinic (CHWB).
The university also makes available to students an optional health insurance plan that provides hospitalization and some outpatient benefits. Full-time students, who do not provide proof of adequate health insurance at the time of registration, and all international students, will be required to purchase the university sponsored plan.
Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS) is a campus resource which provides confidential counseling, consulting and educational outreach programs. Many graduate students consult the staff regarding academic stress, relationships, mental health issues and future planning.
Counseling and Psychiatry Services is part of the Center for Health and Wellbeing and is free to students who have paid the health fee or are registered for six credits or more. CPS has locations at The Jacobs House and at The Redstone Campus.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Services and accommodations for students with disabilities are coordinated by three offices: ACCESS (Accommodation, Consultation, Collaboration and Educational Support Services), certifies and coordinates services for students with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorders; Counseling and Psychiatry Services certifies and coordinates services for students with emotional disabilities; the Center for Health and Wellbeing certifies and coordinates services for students with ongoing medical conditions. Services to equalize opportunities in the classroom and course accommodations are arranged through these offices. Students are encouraged to inform the staff of the appropriate certifying office of any needed services or accommodations at least two weeks in advance of each semester. Current and comprehensive documentation of disability will be required. Contact the ACCESS Office, A170 Living/Learning Center, 656-7753, TTY 656-3865. Counseling and Psychiatry Services, Center for Health and Wellbeing, 425 Pearl St., 656-3350.
Center for Teaching and Learning
Each year the Graduate College and the Graduate Student Senate sponsor workshops designed to support the professional development of graduate students, often in conjunction with the Center for Teaching and Learning. Examples of topics considered include teaching techniques and student learning, personal writing and evaluating student writing, grant writing, developing web pages, mentoring, ethical conduct of research, and more. For more information visit the Center for Teaching and Learning website. A Graduate Teaching program designed for graduate students interested in pursuing a career teaching in higher education is available.
Exercise and Wellness
The university's extensive physical education facilities are available for recreational use by faculty, staff, and students during hours not devoted to specific instruction. Swimming, handball, skating, tennis, squash, an extensive Fitness Center, and many other individual and group activities are available for interested participants.
In addition to the physical education facilities, the university has an active Outing Club. There are many opportunities in Vermont for participation on either an organized or informal level in such activities as hiking, camping, sailing, swimming, skiing, running, bicycling, and other outdoor activities.