A wide variety and continuum of support services are offered at the University of Connecticut that can be accessed by graduate students. Although not considered to be exhaustive, the following offers an alphabetical listing of University contacts for graduate students who may be seeking supports to facilitate successful graduate study. Graduate students are also encouraged to visit the Division of Student Affairs website at: studentaffairs.uconn.edu for additional information about University services for students.
Bailey Agencies, Inc.
Bailey Agencies, Inc. manages insurance coverage plans for all graduate assistants and fellows of UCONN/UCHC. Graduate students are encouraged to contact this agency with any questions regarding coverage, provider availability, enrollment, ID cards, and policy.
Center for Career Development
The Center for Career Development at the University is dedicated to excellence through offering the highest levels of service to our students, across all schools, colleges, campuses, and disciplines. Office staff supports the intellectual growth of students by providing programs and experiences that promote self-awareness and engagement as they identify a course of study and pursue opportunities to become contributing members of the state, national, and world communities. Through partnership with employers, alumni, faculty, and staff, students are connected to quality career development resources, internships, experiential learning, and post-graduate opportunities.
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is dedicated to the support and advancement of best practices in teaching and learning at the University of Connecticut. The staff of CETL work with individual faculty, teaching assistants, students, departments and the academic administration to create a culture which values teaching and learning, supports and rewards faculty for innovation in teaching, encourages respect for differences in learners and provides an environment where faculty, staff, and students work together to accomplish the learning objectives.
Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD)
The Center for Students with Disabilities offers a variety of accommodations and services to students with documented permanent and temporary injuries and conditions. Additional programs are offered to prepare students to enter college as well as for life beyond college.
Dean of Students Office (DOS)
The primary function of the Dean of Students Office is to help students and their families get answers and solutions to those tough college-life questions or problems that students may have. Questions and problems may include life decisions (personal or academic), navigating the bureaucracy of a large institution and/or learning self-advocacy. In addition, the website maintains a page with helpful UConn web links.
Division of Environmental Health and Safety
The goal of the Division of Environmental Health and Safety is to promote and maintain a safe and healthful environment by ensuring the highest level of environmental health and safety services for faculty, staff, students, and visitors at the University. Graduate students can find information about relevant policies and procedures governing safety in their workplace, including checklists to guide thinking through various issues. In addition, personal consultation related to assessment of the safety of the student’s work environment can be provided by staff.
Division of Public Safety
The Division of Public Safety includes the police department, locksmith department, fire department and the fire marshal and building inspector for the University of Connecticut.
Office of Global Affairs
The Office of Global Affairs includes the following units:
Study Abroad: The University offers over 300 study abroad programs in 65 countries on six continents. Begin your journey by exploring their website at: studyabroad.uconn.edu.
International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS): ISSS supports the greater internationalization of the University through the development and delivery of services and programs that help our international students, scholars, faculty and staff accomplish their academic and professional goals at the University of Connecticut. Services provided include: (1) ensuring compliance with U.S. immigration regulations governing visa; (2) sponsoring international students, scholars, faculty, and staff; (3) providing quality service and assistance with immigration and intercultural matters to University of Connecticut sponsored visa holders and their families through advising, programs, workshops and events; (4) serving as the resource for academic and administrative units; (5) hiring and sponsorship of international students, scholars, faculty, and staff; (6) providing on-going orientation and support services designed to foster cultural adjustment to the U.S., and; (7) building links within the University of Connecticut community.
Global Partnerships: The University enters into a limited number of partnerships with institutions of higher education abroad. Most of these partnerships revolve around particular projects, but some are general, laying the foundation for more focused activities in the future. Search the University of Connecticut Global Database or consult the Interactive Map to learn more about our global presence.
The University American English Language Institute (UCAELI): UCAELI supports the greater internationalization of the University through the development and delivery of services and programs that help our international students, scholars, faculty and staff accomplish their academic and professional goals at UConn. For more information visit us at: ucaeli.uconn.edu.
Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)
Formerly the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE)
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) ensures the University’s commitment and responsibility to foster diverse and inclusive working and learning environments. Their work focuses on ensuring compliance with the University’s Non-Discrimination policies (please see website at: policy.uconn.edu) and also state and federal laws and regulations related to equal opportunity and affirmative action. OIE’s major areas of focus include Americans with Disabilities Act (Title I) Compliance, Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Education and Training, Search Process Compliance, and Title IX Compliance, including sexual violence awareness. Although oversight is provided by OIE, specific resources regarding sexual violence are maintained at: titleix.uconn.edu.
Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSandF)
The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships advises and mentors high-achieving students who are competing for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships. ONSandF is part of the University of Connecticut’s Enrichment Programs and is open to all graduate and undergraduate students, including students at the regional campuses.
Office of Student and Financial Aid Services (OSFAS)
The Office of Financial Aid Services provides information regarding the costs of attendance, student employment, and financial literacy.
The Bursar’s Office is committed to ensuring financial integrity in the receipt, collection, and deposit of all revenues, including tuition, fees, fellowships, scholarships and stipends, while providing the highest level of professional, efficient, and responsive customer service.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
In order to develop an inclusive community for instruction, research and outreach, the University of Connecticut embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship among our students, faculty and staff. This collegial and vibrant environment promotes and nurtures perspectives that are enabled through differences in culture, experience and values. To achieve this goal, the university emphasizes diversity in the recruitment, retention and advancement of students, faculty and staff.
Location: Budds Building, Third Floor
University of Connecticut Ombuds Office serves as a neutral resource and provides confidential and informal assistance to members of the campus community. The Ombuds Office is not a designated reporting office for the University, but is available to discuss a variety of workplace concerns confidentially to the extent permitted by law. The Ombuds Office supplements but does not substitute for any of the other resources included on this list. Persons can contact the Ombudsman, Jim Wohl, at any point during an issue when a confidential conversation or source of information may be needed.
The primary function of the Payroll Department is processing bi-weekly payments to employees of the University. Other special services provided include, but are not limited to, worker’s compensation administration, wage verifications and social security earnings reports, moving expense reimbursements, and non-resident alien tax consultation. The Payroll Department may also be contacted with questions regarding salary and deductions or to complete the various forms available from our office. Such forms include: Federal and State W-4 forms, I-9 form, Direct Deposit Authorization Agreement form, Salary Amendment Agreement form (for tax deferred products), and the Personal Information Change form.
Location: Budds Building
Research Compliance Services (RCS)
The University of Connecticut is committed to the highest standards of integrity in fulfilling its mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research. All research activities undertaken by faculty, staff, and students at UConn will be conducted in accordance with strict ethical principles and in compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies. The Office of Research Compliance Services (RCS) reports to the Vice President for Research. RCS is responsible for providing support and training to faculty, students and staff in order to meet these requirements and maintain a robust research compliance program at the University of Connecticut.
Location: Nathan L. Whetten Graduate Center
Residential Life (Student Housing)
The primary role of the Department of Residential Life is to provide assistance with campus housing. Housing options vary widely for graduate students at the University. The primary decision which will guide your housing need is whether you want or need to be located on-campus, close to campus, or find something in a more urban area.
Location: Rome Commons, Ground Floor
Student Health Services
Student Health Services provides primary level health care for both medical and mental health. Student Health Services is a fully accredited ambulatory health care facility. Students are offered both in- and out-patient services, as well as health care treatment for non-emergency conditions. Services include the following:
- Primary Medical Care
- Women’s Clinic
- Men’s Health
- Nutrition Services
- Counseling and Mental Health
- Clinical Research
- Health Education
- Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy
- Club Sports Athletic Training
Veterans Affairs and Military Programs
Veterans Affairs and Military Programs provide support for returning armed forces personnel as they adjust to the academic and social terrain at the University. The office assists student veterans in accessing services on-campus and in the surrounding community. The University is an institution that enhances its support towards and celebration of its student veteran population.