Message from VCU leadership - June 25, 2020

New after hours process for University Counseling Services

Dear VCU students:

In response to student concerns, as well as the university’s commitment to transitioning our public safety model, we are pleased to announce that VCU students who are experiencing a mental health emergency after hours and on weekends no longer need to call the VCU Police in order to speak with a crisis clinician. Students can now call University Counseling Services (UCS) at (804) 828-6200, day or night, to speak with a trained professional who can offer risk assessment and crisis stabilization for students experiencing a mental health concern. By removing VCU Police from the process of reaching crisis clinicians after hours, all student calls to UCS will be answered by a mental health professional.

VCU University Counseling Services is dedicated to creating an environment that fosters student growth, development and psychological well-being through direct (and remote) clinical service, education and prevention. These services are available to all VCU students.

Please review the services provided by UCS on their website at counseling.vcu.edu. Self-help resources, including information on coping with COVID-19, are available at counseling.vcu.edu/self-help.

If you have questions, contact UCS at (804) 828-6200 or uccounseling@vcu.edu.

Best regards,

Gail Hackett, Ph.D.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

Jihad Aziz, Ph.D.
Interim assistant vice provost and executive director of University Counseling Services