Referral Guide for Student Support

Faculty are frequently the first to find out from students when they're struggling. Students may not know whom else to turn to for help. At the same time, faculty are not trained as counselors and often unaware of the various student support services at VSU.

To assist faculty and students in these situations, CELT compiled the below referral guide for student support. Faculty can easily click through the accordion of topics to see brief explanations and contact information for resources on campus to which they might refer students in need.

Faculty are also always encouraged to utilize VSU's Student Success Portal to flag students whom academic advisors and student support staff might assist as well. 

  • Academics

    Academic Catalogs - The Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs for Valdosta State University contain information regarding programs and courses as well as helpful information about fees as well as admission requirements. 

    Master Calendar - This calendar lists important dates such as holidays, school closure dates, University Events, and the first and last days of class.

    Academic Support Center - If a student is having trouble or needs any kind of academic support, then the Academic Support Center can assist with tutoring, both in-person and online for all VSU students.

    Peer Tutoring - Available for most core and some upper-division courses.

    Workshops - These workshops include time management, study skills, and test-taking strategies. 

    Tutoring for Standardized Exams - Tutoring for standardized exams such as GRE, GMAT, GACE, and TEAS is also available.

    Phone: 229-333-7570

    Located in the Learning Commons, the second floor of Odum Library (Location #29 on map)

    Office of Scholarships - This site from the Office of Scholarships details how to access the VSU General Scholarship Application and it lists scholarships, both internal and external, which are available to students to apply for. The office assists with these scholarships and provides aid to students before, during, and after the scholarship application process.

    Phone: 229-333-5935

    Located in the University Center, Entrances 6 and 7 (Location #39 on Campus Map)

    Odum Library - While offering multiple computer labs study rooms, and materials, they also offer the following services:

    InterLibrary Loan (ILL) - This allows students, faculty, and staff to get materials from other campuses delivered to VSU. 

    LiveChat - A feature that allows students to IM with a librarian online with questions they may have.

    Research Appointment - Appointments can be made with a research librarian in person, online, and over the phone for assistance in researching for papers and projects.

    Circulation: 229-333-5869

    Reference Services: 229-333-7149

    Location #29 on Campus Map

    Office of Testing - The Office of Testing administers standardized tests such as Accuplacer, ACT Residual, Adult and Career Education Exemption Exams, Chemistry Placement, CLEP, Distance Learning/Independent Study, GACE, GACE Paraprofessional, Georgia History and Georgia Constitution Exams, HESI, HOAE, MAT, and TEAS.

    Phone: 229-245-3878

    Located in Room 1131 of Powell Hall East (Location #14 on Campus Map)

    Honors College - The Honors College offers students course work featuring experimental learning with undergraduate research opportunities. Extra-curricular opportunities such as lectures and services opportunities are available as well. Honors college students have an honors residence (Reade Hall) and exclusive scholarship opportunities, workshops, and study abroad programs.

    Phone: 229-249-4894

    Located at the corner of Georgia Ave and Oak St. Valdosta, Georgia, 31698 (Location #12 on Campus Map)

    Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration - This office is to help students, faculty, and staff in their research and programs that are externally funded as well as the development of internal and external research collaborations. 

    Funding - The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration helps find funding for your research by using federal, state, and private databases. 

    Research Compliance - The office also provides information on research compliance and houses information on the Institutional Review Board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

    Phone: 229-259-5045

    Located in Converse Hall, Suite 3100 (Location #26 on Campus Map)

  • Behavioral and Mental Health

    Student Code of Conduct - This code outlines what Valdosta State University expects of its students while also listing conduct policies of all student organizations and group activities.

    FamilyWorks Clinic - The FamilyWorks Clinic offers family therapy for married or unmarried couples, children, elderly, couples who do not live together, LGBTQIA+ persons, families of all varieties, and even roommates. The therapy and services offered are free for VSU students and can help with anxiety, sexual problems, parenting problems, communication issues, domestic violence, grief and loss, pre-marital concerns, child behavior problems, and divorce and separation issues.

    Phone: 229-219-1280

    Located at 903 North Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31698. They are the one-story annex connected to the Continuing Education Building (Location #49, Building B on Campus Map)

    Counseling Center - The Counseling Center, located in the Health Center, is free to all VSU students. Their services include: 

    Group Therapy

    Individual/Personal Counseling

    Referring a Distressed Student for Counseling - Here is a form to help identify when to refer a student for counseling and how to do so in a respectful manner.

    Their Website offers tips for managing stress and anxiety as well as in-depth information on body image, eating disorders, suicide awareness, and diversity. The VSU Counseling Center understands that different students have different needs. There is information, links to helpful outside website, and outside VSU resources for each of the following types of students: first-generation college students, graduate students, international students, LGBTQIA+ students, performing arts students, student-athletes, and veterans.

    Phone: 229-333-5940

    Located on the second floor of the Student Health Center (Location #10 on Campus Map)

    Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force - This VSU department's website offers important information about relationship violence, sexual violence, stalking and cyberstalking as well as tips on how to increase your own safety and how to help a survivor. The website also includes community and VSU resources for sexual assault victims and explains how to report a sexual assault.

    Phone: 229-333-5941

  • Career

    Career Opportunities - Career opportunities provide students and alumni with important services relating to finding careers in their field of study. Their services include:

    Letter of Reference Sample Form - This is a helpful guide for professors needing to write recommendation letters.

    Career Counseling - Appointments can be made to have a member of the Career Opportunities Team help you find a career, talk to you about your options, and give you other tips and tricks on finding a job.

    Mock Interview - With an appointment, a member of the team can perform a mock interview with you that is based on your career. They can then assist you in perfecting your interview skills.

    Resume Development - Bring in your current resume and the staff will assist in helping you refine and build it.

    Blazer Briefcase - This service allows VSU students and alumni to connect to employers through a career network. Students can build a profile showing work history, academic accolades, and extracurricular activities. You can follow employers and search job postings. This resource also connects students directly with Career Opportunities in an online format. 

    Phone: 229-333-5942

    Located in the University Center, Entrance 5 (Location #39 on Campus Map)

  • Disabilities and Inclusion

    Access Office - The Access Office provides all students with disabilities access to course and coursework while also assisting with modifications of classwork and testing. They offer the following services:

    Faculty Liaison - These individual assist students who need modifications for classes due to disabilities.

    Technology Services - These include: Speech recognition software, screen magnification software, text-to-speech software, CCTV, computerized notetaking, closed captioning software, Braille embossing, Type and Speak, and Thermo Pen.

    Classroom Modifications  - These modifications include private testing space, readers, scribes, ASL interpreting, notetaking services, and priority registration. 

    Phone: 229-245-2498

    Video Phone: 229-375-5871

    Located in Farbar Hall (Location #18 on Campus Map)

    Office of Social Equity - This office helps promote inclusion and diversity in the University. They develop policies as well as provide activities to support their mission of "Achieving Excellence through Diversity". They offer services such as Sexual Misconduct Training, the Diversity Council, Diversity Management Training, and Courageous Conversations about Race, all of which can be found on their Services page. 

    Phone: 229-333-5463

    Located at 1208 N. Patterson St. (Location #44 on Campus Map)

  • Financial Assistance

    Office of Scholarships - This site from the Office of Scholarships details how to access the VSU General Scholarship Application and lists scholarships, both internal and external, that are available to students to apply for. The office assists with these scholarships and provides aid to students as needed before, during, and after the scholarship application process.

    Phone: 229-333-5935

    Located in the University Center, Entrances 6 and 7 (Location #39 on Campus Map)

    Drop-N-Shop - This is a pantry on VSU that provides students with non-perishable food and professional attire.

    Phone: 229-333-5674

    Located on the 3rd floor of the Student Union, Suite 3118 (Location #30 on Campus Map)

  • Forms

    Hardship / Medical Withdrawals - If a student needs to withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadlines have passed, due to medical or hardship issues (i.e. death of a parent), those forms can be found at the respective links:

    Hardship Withdrawal Form

    Medical Withdrawal Form

    Commonly Used Forms - This website contains many forms commonly used on campus including Academic Transcript Requests, Academic Renewal Forms, Late Registration Add/Drop Forms, and Name Change Forms.

    Pregnancy Accommodation Form - This form is provided for students who are pregnant to request accommodations.

  • Military

    Adult and Military Programs (AMP) - This center is focused on helping students who are transferring from another college or university, adults who are beginning or returning to university, as well as members of the military or military veterans who attend or are wanting to attend VSU. This center is here to enhance the experience of "non-traditional" students and assist them with any needs.

    Phone: 912-510-3313 OR 229-257-4163

    Located at the VSU Center (3010 Building, Room 107) at Moody Airforce Base (3010 Robinson Rd. Moody AFB 31699)

    Office of Veteran Affairs - This office assists veterans with financial aid, provides information about eligibility and benefits, and answers any other questions relating to veteran affairs at VSU.

    Phone: 229-333-5431

    Located in the University Center, Entrances 6 and 7, Room 1113 (Location #39 on Campus Map)

  • Physical Health

    Medical Withdrawal Form - This form is used if a student needs to withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadlines have passed due to medical issues.

    Pregnancy Accommodation Form - This form is provided for students who are pregnant to request accommodations. 

    Student Health Services - This is a way for students to seek medical help on campus. They have appointments available, do lab testing, provide immunizations, conduct free urine STI tests, and also offer over-the-counter medicine. There is also an in-house pharmacy. 

    Main Phone: 229-333-5886

    Appointments: 229-219-3200

    "After-Hours" On-Call Nurse: 229-259-2082

    Located at 200 Georgia Ave. (Location #10 on Campus Map)

    Access Office - The Access Office provides all students with disabilities access to course and coursework while also assisting with modifications of coursework and testing. They offer the following services:

    Faculty Liaison - These individuals assist students who need modifications for classes due to disabilities.

    Technology Services - These include speech recognition software, screen magnification software, text-to-speech software, CCTV, computerized notetaking, closed captioning software, Braille embossing, Type and Speak, and Thermo Pen. 

    Classroom Modifications - These modifications include private testing space, readers, scribes, ASL interpreting, notetaking services, and priority registration. 

    Phone: 229-245-2498

    Video Phone: 229-375-5871

    Located in Farbar Hall (Location #18 on Campus Map)

  • Safety

    Campus Alert System - This is the system that sends mobile messages to students, faculty, and staff via email, voice, and text messages. These messages alert students, faculty, and staff of safety issues, warnings, and severe weather alerts.

    University Police - The VSU Police Department aims to keep the campus safe for all students, faculty, and staff by offering police escorts and multiple services such as:

    Blazer Guardian App - This app provides ways to send anonymous messages to UPD as well as features a virtual escort.

    Google Play Store

    iTunes Store

    Anonymous Tip Reporting

    Emergency Quick Reference Guide - This guide is meant to outline what to do in a crisis situation. 

    Emergency Line: 229-259-5555

    Non-Emergency: 229-333-7816

    Anonymous Tip Line: 229-219-3171

    Located in VSU Oak Street Parking Deck (Location #42 on Campus Map)

    Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force - This VSU department's website offers important information about relationship violence, sexual violence, stalking and cyberstalking as well as tips on how to increase your own safety and how to help a survivor. This website also includes community and VSU resources for sexual assault.

    Phone: 229-333-5941

  • Technology

    IT Helpdesk - The Information Technology (IT) Helpdesk provides students, faculty, and staff with assistance with campus technology, personal technology, and VSU accounts.

    Phone: 229-245-4357

    Located on the second floor of Odum Library (Location #29 on Campus Map)

    Center for eLearning- This office provides help with issues regarding online classes, BlazeVIEW, GoVIEW, and other services such as Blackboard Collaborate, Kaltura, Qualtrics, and other online teaching aids. They also offer course design consultations for instructors.

    Phone: 2296-245-6490

    Located on the 2nd floor of Odum Library, Suite 2621 (Location #29 on Campus Map)

    New Media Center - The New Media Center provides the following services to faculty, staff, and students:

    Workshops - These workshops allow students to learn new software such as Adobe Auditions, Adobe Photoshop, PowerPoint, Screen Capture, and Premiere. 

    Media Equipment Check Out - Student, faculty, and staff can check out media materials such as cameras, laptops, voice recorders, etc.

    Media Transfer and Duplication - The New Media Center can duplicate audio and visual materials as well as transfer them from one form to another. 

    And More - 3D printing, BlazeVIEW Video Streaming, lamination, spiral binding, color printing, and large format printing

    Phone: 229-333-5863

    Located on the first floor of the Odum Library (Location #29 on Campus Map)