Gender Affirmation Support
Student Health and Wellness therapists are open and affirming to students who wish to address issues related to sexuality, gender expression, and gender identity. For students seeking assistance during their gender transition process, SHaW therapists can provide both therapeutic support as well as letters for gender-related medical interventions as indicated in the course of therapy. With a student’s written permission, we also collaborate with SHaW medical providers at SHaW – Medical Care.
If you’re interested in SHaW – Mental Health services, please call us (860-486-4705) to complete a brief phone assessment with one of our clinicians. For further information about campus and community resources, please visit the UConn Rainbow Center.
Requests for Academic Accommodations
Students who are seeking accommodations based upon mental health concerns, particularly for time-limited or immediate issues, are encouraged to negotiate directly with their professors. SHaW – Mental Health staff may provide students with a “Verification of Visit Form” to verify a student’s consultation at SHaW on a specific date. SHaW – Mental Health staff will not write directly to professors to request accommodations on behalf of a student.
If students would like guidance regarding their enrollment, withdrawal, or academic status, they will be referred to the Dean of Students (DOS) office. SHaW – Mental Health staff may provide DOS with specific information about treatment (if needed) with a signed release.
All other academic accommodations are administrated through the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD). With a signed release of information, SHaW – Mental Health staff can provide the CSD with clinical information to assist in their determination pertaining to an accommodation.
Requests for Documentation relative to Dismissal Appeals and Financial Aid Decisions:
Students seeking evidence of mental health concerns as part of an appeal processes on campus (often regarding academic dismissal and financial aid decisions) will be provided with documentation of their work with SHaW. This documentation will verify visit dates, and indicate degree of compliance with treatment recommendations. Disclosure of diagnostic information will be limited to individuals who are sufficiently licensed to interpret this information, and who are engaged in the patient’s care. Per our accrediting body, the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), SHaW – Mental Health does not make admissions, disciplinary, curricular or other administrative decisions involving students. Per state privacy law, disclosures for the purposes of appeals require a written release of information.