Types of Services
The Office of Counseling Services provides individual and group counseling to all students, faculty, and staff. Sample problems include:
• Relationship Issues
• Grief and Loss
• Anger Management
• Sexual/Physical Abuse or Assault
• Sexual Identity
• Suicidal Feeling/Behavior
• Alcohol Concerns
• Personal Growth
• Self Esteem
• Fitting In
• Hopes, Wishes, and Dreams
The Office of Counseling Services sponsors workshops each semester that are designed to prepare students for college survival and enlighten them on life issues that they will face after graduation. Sample topics include Adjustment to College, Stress Management, Self-esteem, Male/Female Relationships, Sexual Assault, and Drugs and Alcohol. The workshops are presented in a variety of settings.
The Office of Counseling Services takes an active role in helping to plan the program and activities for Freshman Orientation. The intent is to design a program that gives the new student a bird’s eye view of resources available for helping them ease their transition from high school to college. Hopefully, freshmen will feel welcome and will experience a reduction of the stress associated with a new environment.
The Orientation Assistants Serving Incoming Students (OASIS) group is comprised of students who are selected to serve as role models, mentors, and peer counselors for new students. The primary role of an OASIS is to assist students in their growth, development and knowledge of the College and its services so that their transition to Tougaloo will be a positive one. This group is under the direction of the Director of Counseling Services.
All activities are open to commuter students; however, at least one activity per semester is planned specifically to educate this group of students.
The Office of Counseling Services handles all issues related to accommodations regarding the American with Disabilities Act. Tougaloo College recognizes and supports the standards set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Office of Counseling Services is available to assist all students with issues relating to disabilities.
Code of Ethics
The counseling staff maintains and protects the confidentiality of their counselee. Exceptions to the rule exist in the event a counselee represents danger to himself/herself or others. Counselee information can be provided upon completion of a release of information form by the counselee.
Referrals for Services
Referrals by faculty, staff or administrators may be made by calling the counseling office to schedule an appointment or completing a Referral Form . The use of the referral form is preferred, but not required. The form can be provided by the counseling office for your convenience or clink on the link above to print and/or complete the form. Walk-ins are accepted, although making an appointment gives the greatest assurance that the counselor will be available. Emergency situations will be treated as such, in accordance with the procedure in place.
In an instance where there is a counselee who displays signs of acute distress, depression, suicidal or homicidal ideation; referrals will be made to psychologists and psychiatrists in the Jackson area. In these cases, the Director of Counseling Services is the primary liaison between the specialized mental health service provider, the student and the College. This referral must be made in consultation with the Director of Counseling.
Alcohol and Drug Policy
Tougaloo College prohibits possession, distribution and use of illegal drugs and alcohol by students on its property or as part of any of its activities. This policy applies to all on campus activities and off campus activities that are school sponsored.
Any student who violates the campus Alcohol and Drug Policy is subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion. In addition to institutional sanctions, the student may be subject to criminal sanctions provided by federal, state or local law enforcement.
On campus alcohol and drug services are provided for students which include prevention workshops and seminars and intervention counseling. In addition, referrals to off campus alcohol and drug services are also available.
Verification of Absence from Class
In order to warrant an excuse or absence from class, students should be prepared to provide written documentation of medical treatment or other extraordinary circumstances. The Student Health Center staff will provide medical excuses only for those students evaluated in the Health Center prior to missing a class or those students referred to a physician or health care facility by the Students Health Center staff. The purpose is to provide documentation and verification of reported illnesses for students to the appropriate academic faculty. If seen off-campus by a physician, the student should obtain a medical excuse from that physician. If a student is ill in the Residence Hall and cannot attend class, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the Residential Life Coordinator.
No medical excuses will be provided for missing class unless the student was evaluated in the Student Health Center before he/she missed a class or classes.
Students that live off-campus and miss class will be given medical clearance. This is not a medical excuse. No medical excuse from class will be given unless there is written documentation of illness from a licensed physician. All other absences due to the death of immediate family members, significant mental impairments, leadership conferences and court subpoenas will be handled by the Office of Counseling Services. Students seeking absence based on these reasons should secure the necessary form from Counseling Services. Students are responsible for communicating absences to their professors and securing the professors signature on their absence form.