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Counseling Center

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  • Counseling Center
    202-885-3500
    Fax: 202-885-1397
    Mary Graydon, Room 214

    Mon - Thurs, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Fri, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


    Closed on Saturday and Sunday

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Special Topics - International Crises or War

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 Concerns About International Crises or War

We are living in uncertain times, and students at the university have a variety of concerns related to international crises or war. There are students who have had personal experience as a civilian or soldier in a war-torn part of the world; students who have loved ones who are currently or potentially in harm's way; students who have concerns related to the safety of foreign students on campus, or the potential of terrorist activity in this country; students with concerns about being recalled from the US to a home country or being drafted into military service either here or abroad; and students who have concerns about how to handle differences between themselves and others regarding their political views and feelings. Many students may also have concerns about the importance, and the limits, of free speech in an emotionally and politically charged environment.


MEET WITH A COUNSELOR

If you have concerns such as those described above, you are invited to have a confidential conversation with a Counseling Center counselor. Meetings can be one-on-one, or you can come with a friend or a group. A counselor can work with you to explore your feelings, fears, memories, relationships, or decisions, and help you locate appropriate sources of further support as needed. Religiously affiliated counseling is available through Kay Spiritual Life Center.


SELF-HELP AND INFORMATION RESOURCES

Our Self-Help Web site has information on related topics such as trauma, depression, anxiety (including travel anxiety), and long-distance relationships. In addition, there are pamphlets and handouts on related topics available in the Self-Help Library located in the reception area of the Counseling Center, MGC-214.

Here are a few relevant links from the Self-Help site and other resources:

Trauma and Healing: Coping with a Sudden Terrible Event
(handout from the AU Counseling Center)

Terrorism: Preparing for the Unexpected
(advice from the American Red Cross)


Do You Have Travel Anxiety?
(handout from the AU Counseling Center)

Stress Management for College Students
(materials from a variety of University Counseling Centers)

Coping With Disaster
(from the National Mental Health Association)

When Disaster Strikes...
(from the American Psychiatric Association)

TO REPORT A VIOLATION OF THE STUDENT CONDUCT CODE
In the presence of deeply felt emotions and strongly held political views related to world events, the university maintains it's commitments to both free speech and appropriate behavior. If you believe that a student's behavior violates the Code of Conduct, you are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students or the office of Judicial Affairs and Mediation.

In the event of violence or potential violence on campus, contact Public Safety at x3636 (emergency) or x2527 (non-emergency). You can make an anonymous report by calling 885-CLUE (x2583).

 

ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF SUPPORT AND INFORMATION

Office of the Dean of Students
International Student & Scholar Services
Multicultural Affairs
Student Policies (including Student Conduct Code)
AU Emergency Information Line -- x1100
University notices on Today@AU and my.american.edu