Student Wellness

Students can only succeed in their classes, activities, and career preparation once they have met their basic needs for safety and mental and physical health. Caring professionals at the Student Wellness Center work with students one-on-one to make sure every single student receives that support.


Accessibility


Small classes and personalized attention make Southern Virginia University uniquely able to lift students with learning disabilities. If you had an IEP or 504 plan in high school or you believe that you’ll need academic or classroom accommodations because of a disability, reach out to the Student Wellness Center as soon as possible to receive the accommodations you need.

Request Accomodations
Reasonable Accommodations Policies


Counseling & Mental Health


The Student Wellness Center provides counseling to current students free of charge. All services are provided by licensed clinicians or clinicians under the supervision of a licensed clinician. Our services include:

  • Academic Accommodations
  • Assessment & Referrals
  • Couple’s Counseling
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Group Counseling
  • In-Class Presentations
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • On/Off-Campus Outreach

Conditions We Treat

Our clinicians are trained to treat the following conditions:

  • Academic Problems
  • Anxiety, Stress, or Fears
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Depression or Sadness
  • Grief or Bereavement
  • Inattentiveness or Hyperactivity Problems (ADHD)
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Learning Disorders
  • Loneliness
  • Obsessive Thoughts
  • Problems related to Sexuality
  • Problems with Food & Weight
  • Relational Problems
  • Self-harming Behaviors or Cutting
  • Sleep Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts or Behaviors
  • Trauma or PTSD

Students can make an appointment by following the instructions on the Knight App or by contacting the Student Wellness Center at 540-261-8470 or counseling@svu.edu. In the event of an after-hours crisis please call campus security or 911 or immediately visit the Emergency Room at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.


Health Services


The Student Wellness Center includes an on-campus nurse who can provide basic first aid, over-the-counter treatments, basic medical tests and assessments, and referrals to local doctors. The nurse will make house calls to students living on campus during business hours on weekdays. Students can call the nurse at 540-261-8469. For after-hours care or emergencies call 911 or immediately visit the Emergency Room at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.


Campus Security


Our Standards of Conduct and tight-knit campus community make Southern Virginia University an especially safe place to attend college. The Office of Campus Security is responsible for keeping university students and properties safe. Please contact Campus Security if you have any safety concerns or need help on campus. In the case of an emergency call 911.

Timely Warnings

In the event that an ongoing or continuing threat arises, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued through the university email system to students, faculty, and staff. Notice may also be posted on this website and the Knight App. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to Campus Security at 540-261-4911. To receive warnings about emergencies and dangerous situations in the surrounding area, sign up for Alert Rockbridge.


Title IX


Our first priority at Southern Virginia University is to provide a safe, healthy learning and working environment for our students, professional staff, faculty, and visitors, which includes an environment free from unlawful discrimination or harassment, to include sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking.

Pursuant to this commitment and the requirements of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (Clery Act), Southern Virginia prohibits discrimination and harassment, to include sexual violence on the basis of sex/gender in any of the University’s programs or activities.

Please find the below Title IX Grievance Procedures, Title IX Prohibited Conducts, and Victim’s Rights documents necessary to assure the University’s appropriate response to Title IX issues of sex/gender-based discrimination and harassment to include sexual violence. Please refer any Title IX issues and/or concerns to the Title IX Office at titleIX@svu.edu or to:

Deidra Dryden, Title IX Coordinator: 540-460-4191 or deidra.dryden@svu.edu
Michael Frye, Assistant Title IX Coordinator: 703-725-4479 or michael.frye@svu.edu

Learn more about Title IX at Southern Virginia
Title IX Grievance Procedures
Title IX Prohibited Conducts
Victim’s Rights