Health and Wellness
Health Services, Disability Services, Counseling Services, Wellness Programs, Sexual Violence Education and Advocacy, Religious and Spiritual Life
Student Health Services, located on campus in Warnshuis Health Center, is a licensed outpatient clinic attending to the immediate primary health needs of all matriculated Connecticut College students. The service is staffed by nurses, nurse practitioners and a consulting physician. The services aim to help maintain body and mind and encourage lifelong healthy habits. All professional services are delivered with attention to confidentiality. In the event of a serious illness or injury, parents or guardians will be notified at the discretion of the staff.
Student Health Services coordinates a variety of health-related services and programs from urgent visits to primary care (including gynecological care) to immunizations and allergy injections. Routine laboratory tests are available on site and prescription delivery from a local pharmacy is offered. Services also include health promotion programs and information; eating disorder information and referral; and substance-abuse evaluations and referrals. Common prescription medications are offered on site at a cost and charged to a student’s account. Some over-the-counter medications are free.
Health Services may also refer students to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, a private, not-for-profit hospital located only a few miles away in New London. L&M is available should an emergency arise on weekends, when the Health Services office is closed. The Pequot Health Center, a satellite of L&M in Groton, is recommended for weekend walk-in care needs. New London is served by LIFE STAR, a critical care helicopter service, which reaches trauma centers at Hartford Hospital or Yale-New Haven Hospital in approximately 18 minutes. Learn more about Student Health Services.
All students are required to have health insurance, either on their own or through the College. Learn more about health insurance.
Mental Health Services
Student Counseling Services provides mental health evaluation, short-term treatment and crisis intervention, and referrals for mental health care. Care is provided in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere at no cost to the student. See the Parents Guide to Counseling Services.
The following services are provided: evaluation; individual and group counseling; psychopharmacological evaluation and medication management; crisis intervention services; outreach and consultation to the College community; psycho-educational forums; and referral to off-campus clinicians for specialized and/or intensive treatment.
The staff is responsive to the needs and concerns of other members of the College community regarding individual students, but all clinical contact with Student Counseling Services is confidential. Student Counseling Services staff also works cooperatively with other members of the College community to present mental health education and wellness workshops, train student leaders and meet requests for special programs.
Student Wellness Education
The College employs a full-time director of student wellness, located on campus in the Warnshuis Health Center, who puts particular focus on drug and alcohol education. The director is responsible for providing outreach education and assessment in the areas of health and wellness, sexual assault, and alcohol and other drugs. This includes the development of a comprehensive peer education program. Learn more about student wellness and AOD education.
Sexual Violence Education and Advocacy
The coordinator of the Office of Sexual Violence Education and Advocacy, located in the Office of Student Life, is an on-campus support person available to assist any student who may have experiences some form of sexual violence including sexual assault, stalking or dating violence. The coordinator can help a student make decisions about seeking medical treatment, counseling services or a room change, or pursuing filing charges on campus or in New London. The coordinator is also responsible for providing outreach education throughout the year on issues of sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. The coordinator can be reached at 860-439-2219 and is available to students for after-hour emergencies. See the ThinkSafe Project.
Connecticut College is committed to ensuring that all students have equal access to our academic, cultural and social activities. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which states that "No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps ... shall, solely by reason of her or his handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Our commitment extends beyond the letter of the law to its spirit.
The Office of Student Disability Services ensures equal access to educational activities for all students with disabilities. The staff includes a director and a part-time assistant who are available during the academic year.
Religious and Spiritual Life
The College seeks to help students form a spiritual, ethical and moral foundation that will help them integrate personal beliefs with professional demands and lead lives of integrity, civility and compassion. As students examine their values and beliefs, they gain a greater appreciation for the beliefs of others. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life sponsors a variety of multi-faith programs and events in addition to religion-specific and multi-religious activities. The chaplains provide support and counsel for members of their faith groups and serve the broader College community as well. For more information call 860-439-2450 or go to http://orsl.conncoll.edu/.
On-Campus Religious Services
The College chaplains lead on-campus worship services in their faiths. There is also a diverse array of religious activities, services and organizations coordinated by students. These vary from year to year, depending on the student interest.
Weekly services and activities in 2010-11 included Quaker worship meetings, a Muslim Student Association, Hillel, Buddhist meditation sessions, Protestant worship, Unitarian Universalist campus ministry, a Baha’i group, meditation, Shabbat dinners and Roman Catholic masses. Service schedules are posted on the College calendar at http://calendar.conncoll.edu/.
Visit http://orsl.conncoll.edu/ for a list of places to worship off campus in the New London area.
The campus offers several "sacred spaces" for spiritual practice and individual reflection. Walks in the Arboretum are an opportunity for quiet thought. The 9/11 Garden is located just off Tempel Green between Bill Hall and Fanning Hall. The Caroline Black Garden across from the College's main entrance on Mohegan Avenue has been cited by Gardens for Peace as a place that promotes and achieves peace in the world through the universal language of gardens. Harkness Chapel, one of the College's most beautiful buildings, is another favorite place for meditation and prayer. The Ad Astra Garden at the top of Tempel Green, with semicircular seating and stunning views of Long Island Sound, is another favorite place for private reflection and public "services" — most recently a vigil before a reading of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years After" and a remembrance for Elizabeth Durante '10. Learn more about sacred spaces.