The Counseling Center offers a range of confidential, professional services for students at no cost. Any student experiencing psychological distress may be referred. Matriculated students may seek short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and psychiatric consultation services. Nonmatriculated students may obtain consultation for immediate needs and referrals to area resources. A full range of mental health issues, situational concerns, and developmental problems are addressed through collaborative sessions. The Counseling Center is staffed by experienced clinicians licensed by New York State.

If you are concerned about a student and would like assistance, you may:

  • request a consultation to develop a plan for referral or interventions: (914) 251-6390
  • refer the student directly to the Counseling Center, providing our contact information; please let us know via email at cou.counseling@purchase.edu when you refer a student
  • ask us to contact a student on your behalf; we provide same-day outreach
  • notify the Counseling Center about your concerns through the online Student Alert, located under “Quick Links” on the faculty/staff portal
  • escort a student to the Counseling Center for an emergency appointment. This is appropriate for a student whom you have reason to believe may have been sexually assaulted, or a student experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • call the University Police at (914) 251-6111 for assistance with students exhibiting behaviors that may render them unsafe or unable to control themselves. University Police conduct safety checks and respond to emergency calls and are the only campus entity capable of mandating transports.

Any contact that we may have with referred students will be kept confidential to protect their rights and privacy, unless they give written permission to inform you of their participation.

Please refer to Faculty and Staff on the Counseling Center’s site for more information.

Office of Disability Resources

(formerly the Office of Access and Accommodations)
Please refer to Accommodating Students with Disabilities in this handbook and the Office of Disability Resources site for detailed information.

Victims Assistance Crisis Team Hotline

The professional staff in the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and Wellness@Purchase program are all confidential sources of support to students who have experienced gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault. The Victims Assistance Crisis Team Hotline is an option for students who may wish to seek assistance from sources external to the campus. This hotline is for victims of sexual assault, dating violence, and/or stalking. It is run by New York State–certified rape crisis counselors in conjunction with Victims Assistance Services (VAS), part of the Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. (WestCOP). It is a confidential service that offers emergency room and courtroom advocacy programs. The staff consists of both men and women who are sympathetic to a victim’s specific needs and who will listen and refer the victim to places and people who care and want to educate, inform, and help the victim in any way they possibly can.

24-Hour Hotline Numbers:

  • When calling from an on-campus phone: 4393
  • When calling from an off-campus phone: (914) 345-9111

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