Informational: Update on Campus Services and Security


Like many of you, my colleagues and I continue to wrestle with the venom exhibited during the presidential campaign and the vile behavior across the country that continues to unfold. Regardless of political opinion, I am confident that we share a belief that violence targeting marginalized communities is unacceptable. The hate crimes directed at Latinos, Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, Blacks, differently-abled individuals, Jews, and women, go against our most deeply held values.

Across student affairs and the entire university administration we always seek the best ways to provide support and safety. These steps are not meant to alarm you, only to reassure you that preparations are in place. Our public safety office has increased visibility and patrols, adding extra overnight police officer shifts, and supplemental shuttle service begins tonight and will continue from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily. Along with other proactive safety measures, we are ready to respond should any members of our community be threatened physically or online, even as we hope and pray that it does not happen. If you or a friend experience online or in-person threats, please reach out to any member of our team. We are prepared to do whatever we can, such as shifting residences, providing escorts, and masking your online presence.

Last week, you received a message re-affirming a range of our practices in relation to immigration status. Brandeis continues our founding commitment to admitting qualified students regardless of race, religion or background, including immigration status, which we do not require students to disclose in our process. We additionally want to encourage any of you with related concerns to reach out to our staff, particularly our team in the International Students and Scholars Office, as they have extensive experience in these issues. They can connect you with our network of support both on and off campus. Your visits and consultation with that office are protected by state and federal privacy laws, and would only be disclosable through a legal subpoena.

Our campus remains a place of hope. We will keep our doors, our hearts, and our minds open. We must continue to have challenging discussions and work hard to overcome bias, both overt and implicit. The fear and anger which so many carry will, we hope, turn to working together to make the kind of change we need so very badly. From the very founding of this university, that has been its most treasured precept, combining “truth, even unto its innermost parts” with a dedication to access and inclusion, regardless of background or belief. We encourage all of you to continue to embrace your studies and your activism, as we work together to repair our world.

Below you can find a list of a variety of support service office contact information.

Andrew Flagel, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment

Student Resources:

Health Center
Tel: 781-736-3677
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Walk in hours: Monday-Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
After-hours Urgent Calls: 781-239-1948

Counseling Center
Tel: 781-736-3730
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Walk in hours: 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
After-hours Urgent Calls: 781-736-3785

Crisis Text Line
Text Go to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
Offers useful information about a broad range of mental health issues for college students. It also offers a self-assessment tool.

Student Support Groups:

Bounce Back
Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Email Natalie Russ at
Bounce Back is a 3 week workshop that focuses on resilience and creating a life plan.

Drop-In Guided Meditation
Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Email Dr. Brown at
A 50 minute, weekly guided meditation session for anyone interested in learning more about meditation or continuing one’s own practice.

Grief and Bereavement Support
Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
Email Dr. Jessica Pierre,
The group is intended to help break the isolation of grief and provide meaningful tools for coping.

Manage Stress Effectively
Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
Email Dr. Nir at
Come to understand how to use Cognitive Behavioral skills to better manage your stress.

Academic Services
Tel: 781-736-3470
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Drop-in hours: Monday - Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Providing academic advising, tutoring, and support managing academics.

International Students and Scholars Office
Tel: 781-736-3480
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Providing a variety of resources related to immigration and adjustment to life in the United States and at Brandeis.

The Brandeis Rape Crisis Center
Usdan G-108, open from Monday through Friday 12:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. For emergency after-hours assistance, please call our hotline at 781-736-3370.
The RCC is a confidential space that is open for any students who are feeling overwhelmed and would like a quiet space in which to rest and relax.

The Brandeis Intercultural Center
Tel: 781-736-8580
Swing Center, next to East Residence Hall
Monday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Brandeis Intercultural Center is dedicated to creating a haven of respect, education and celebration that aims to foster growth and awareness of the myriad cultures of Brandeis University. The Center fosters a welcoming community, where diverse experiences and perspectives are valued and dedication to the understanding of cultures and ethnicities is essential.

The Brandeis Chaplaincy
Tel: 781-736-3570
Usdan Student Center
Brandeis encourages and supports all expressions of spiritual and religious life on campus.

The Gender and Sexuality Center
Usdan Student Center
Tel: 781-736-8583
Provides resources, positive visibility, an affirming space, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, same gender loving, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual students, staff, and faculty at Brandeis University.

The Department of Community Living
Tel: 781-736-6780 24 hours a day to reach an Area Coordinator except:
Sunday - Thursday, 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. and
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. call Brandeis Police at 781-736-5000

Dean of Students Office
Tel: 781-736-3600
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.