The Brandeis Counseling Center (BCC) provides counseling for students in times of stress, and is experienced in dealing with deeper developmental and psychological issues ranging from trauma and depression to substance abuse and eating disorders. Treatment is available in English, Cantonese, Hebrew, Mandarin and Spanish. All concerns are addressed with sensitivity to and respect for diversity and individuality. The BCC can provide confidential, short-term individual therapy and group therapy, also offering psychiatry and medication management. The BCC can provide referrals to off-campus resources for longer term care through the case manager. All services delivered at the BCC will be billed to insurance with no out-of-pocket expense for students.
The BCC also offers community therapists who provide free, confidential mental health services at several locations around campus. Therapists are available on a drop-in basis within your community without having to go through the BCC or making an appointment. They provide informal and short-term visits to address your concerns.
Brandeis Health Center is a resource for the campus community providing medical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and consultation, as well as preventive and wellness health promotion. The Brandeis Health Center is staffed with licensed board certified providers (MD and nurse practitioners) committed to meeting health care needs. All services are respectful, inclusive, accessible and confidential. The Health Center provides confidential, non-judgmental services for diagnostic testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI), emergency contraception (plan B), pregnancy testing and referral for other support services related to sexual assault, violence and non-consensual contact.
The Center for Spiritual Life at Brandeis offers counseling, support and community to students of all faiths. The chaplains oversee on-campus worship and student religious life while also offering community support in times of joy and crisis. For students of all levels of spirituality, the Center of Spiritual Life can serve as a home away from home.
University Ombuds is a confidential, independent, impartial and informal resource for all members of the Brandeis community, including undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Ombuds support individuals by providing a safe space to talk confidentially about difficult situations. They meet personally with individuals to actively listen to concerns and discuss options and resources for conflict resolution. The Ombuds can help individuals evaluate options to address concerns, help identify others who can help, explain university policies and procedures, facilitate communication between people, discuss ways to resolve problems informally and explain options for taking action.
- Anonymous and confidential peer hotline for Brandeis undergraduate students
- Peer listeners are trained to offer support and referrals for a wide range of topics, including relationship violence, sexual assault, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, substance use, sexuality and gender, pregnancy and general concerns
- In-person, confidential support on topics including sexual health, pleasure, gender, sexuality and relationships
- Affordable safer sex products available for purchase in the office
- In-person confidential support for Brandeis students
- STAR supporters are trained in topics including school-related stress, roommate issues, relationship issues, substance use, eating disorders and body image, LGBTQIA+ topics and mental health
You can call Brandeis University Police whenever you have concerns about your safety or well-being. Brandeis University Police conducts investigations into behavior that maybe criminal. Simply calling University Police, however, does not require you to file or pursue criminal charges. They can provide transportation to the hospital/court (or can provide cab vouchers); help if you need immediate access to safe housing; issue no-trespass orders; and provide information about restraining orders and other orders of protections available through the courts.
The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is responsible for assisting students, faculty and staff with all issues of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking and relationship violence). OEO can receive reports of such conduct and will provide information regarding support resources and interim restrictions, including No Contact Orders, housing changes and academic support. OEO can also provide information about what options may be available for taking action, including internal resolution processes and criminal action. In most cases, the decision regarding whether to initiate action will remain with the person who experienced the conduct.
The Dean of Students Office serves as a centralized resource to advocate for and connect students to both University and community programs, offices and individuals. Concerns regarding any violation of Brandeis policy can be reporting to the Office of the Dean of Students.
ATASK is a nonprofit, community organization serving pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. They currently provide services in 18 Asian languages and dialects. Its mission is to prevent domestic and intimate partner violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors, representing all ages, ability levels, education levels, cultures, gender identities and sexual orientations.
BAGLY provides weekly programming and annual social events to provided safe, supportive, non-exploitative and culturally competent spaces where LGBTQ youth can access social support and services, develop leadership and build community./p>
BARCC provides confidential counseling, legal advice and advocacy to help individuals who have experienced sexual assault or other trauma. They provide medical advocacy to support through the evidence collection process ("rape kit"). All services are free and available to any gender.
Casa Myrna is Boston's largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and supportive services. Its comprehensive range of services, available in Spanish and English, provided tools to recover from the trauma of abuse and begin to build sustainable self-sufficiency.
Fenway provides comprehensive health services for the LGBTQ community. Fenway’s VRP provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) folks who have experienced bias crime, domestic violence, sexual assault and/or police misconduct.
Part of the prosecution team, advocates work with those impacted by crime, guiding them through the criminal justice system, accompanying them to interviews and hearings and ensuring they are aware of their rights. Advocates also provide referrals to community resources, including emergency shelter and rape crisis counseling.
A survivor-led social justice organization that provides confidential emotional support, information, referrals, safety planning and crisis intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and/or transgender (LGBQ/T) folks, as well as folks in SM/kink and polyamorous communities who are being abused or have been abused by a partner.
These hospitals provide evidence collection kits ("rape kits") usually administered by specialized sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) nurses. These hospitals also automatically provide a Boston Area Rape Crisis Center medical sdvocate to support you through the collection kit and have in-house programs providing additional services.
Provides free safety planning, advocacy and support services to those experiencing domestic and dating violence or those looking for information on ways to help people experiencing this behavior.
VRLC offers free legal assistance to those who have experienced sexual assault and have legal needs as a result of the assault in terms of privacy, safety, education (K-12 and college), employment, immigration, housing and financial stability. Legal services are available to individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities.