Student Support Services

Cornerstone: The Learning Center. Located on the first floor of Gregg House on the South 40, Cornerstone is the hub of academic support at Washington University. We provide undergraduate students with help in a variety of forms, including course-specific structured study groups and highly trained academic peer mentors who provide support in locations, at times, and in formats that are convenient for students. Other services include workshops and individual consultations on study skills, time management, and note-taking. Cornerstone also offers fee-based graduate and professional school entrance exam preparation courses. Additionally, Cornerstone administers TRiO, a federally-funded program that offers advising, leadership development, financial assistance, and other support to undergraduate students who are low-income, the first in their family to go to college, and/or have a documented disability. On Sundays and weekday evenings, we offer flexible space where students can study, work on class projects, or relax. Most services are free, and each year, more than 2,000 students participate in one or more of our programs. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-5970.

Disability Resources. Cornerstone is also home to Disability Resources, which assists students with disabilities and students with suspected disabilities by providing guidance and accommodations to ensure equal access to our campus, both physically and academically. Disability Resources serves both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the schools on the Danforth Campus. Students enrolled as students in the School of Medicine should contact their program director or their program's Student Affairs staff member. Students enrolled in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) are considered graduate students in Arts & Sciences and are served by Disability Resources. Students may visit our website or call Cornerstone at 314-935-5970 for more information.

Office for International Students and Scholars. If a student is joining the university from a country other than the United States, this office can assist that individual through its orientation programs, by issuing certificates of eligibility (visa documents), and by offering special services for non-native English speakers in the English Language Programs. In addition, the office provides personal and cross-cultural counseling and arranges social, cultural and recreational activities that foster international understanding on campus.

The Office for International Students and Scholars is located in the Stix International House at 6470 Forsyth Boulevard and on the Medical School campus in the Mid Campus Center (MCC Building), 4590 Children's Place, Room 2043. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-5910.

Medical Student Support Services. For information about Medical Student Support Services, please visit the School of Medicine website.

The Writing Center. The Writing Center, a free service, offers writing advice to all Washington University undergraduate and graduate students. Tutors will read and discuss any kind of work in progress, including student papers, senior theses, application materials, dissertations, and oral presentations. The Writing Center staff is trained to work with students at any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming, developing and clarifying an argument, organizing evidence, and improving style. Rather than editing or proofreading, tutors will emphasize the process of revision and teach students how to edit their own work. Appointments are preferred and can be made online.

The Writing Center is located in Olin Library on level one.

Student Health Services, Danforth Campus

Student Health Services (SHS) provides medical and mental health care for undergraduate and graduate students. Student Health Services staff members include licensed professionals in Medical Services, Mental Health Services, and Health Promotion Services. Please visit us in Dardick House on the South 40, or visit our website for more information about each of our services and staff members.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

A nurse answer line is available to answer any medical questions a student may have when SHS is closed. For after-hours care, please call: 314-935-6666.

Medical Services staff members provide care for the evaluation and treatment of an illness or injury, preventive health care and health education, and nutrition, physical therapy, travel medicine and women's health services. Student Health Services' providers are considered in-network and are participating members of the Washington University in St. Louis Physician's Network. Any condition requiring specialized medical services will be referred to an appropriate community specialist. Student Health Services accepts most health insurance plans and will be able to bill the plan according to plan benefits when care is accessed at SHS. The student health insurance plan requires a referral any time care is not provided at SHS. Call 314-935-6666 or visit our website to schedule an appointment for medical care, including allergy injections prescribed by your allergist, health consultations, for HIV or other STD testing, or for immunizations.

Appointments also are available for assessment, treatment and referral for students who are struggling with substance abuse.

The SHS pharmacy is available to all Washington University students and their dependents who participate in the student health insurance plan. The pharmacy accepts most prescription insurance plans; please check with the pharmacist to see if your prescription plan is accepted at the pharmacy.

The SHS lab provides full laboratory services. Approximately 20 tests can be performed in the SHS lab. The remainder of all testing that is ordered by SHS is completed by LabCorp. LabCorp serves as our reference lab and is on the student health insurance plan as a preferred provider. The SHS lab can collect any test ordered by our providers.

All incoming students must provide proof of immunization for two measles, mumps, rubella vaccines after the age of one year old. (A titer may be provided in lieu of the immunizations.) Meningococcal vaccine proof is required for all incoming undergraduate students. A PPD skin test in the past six months is required for students entering the university from certain countries. This list of countries may be found on our website. We suggest all students also have Tetanus Diphtheria immunization within the past five years, Hepatitis A vaccine series, Hepatitis B vaccine series and Varicella vaccine. Medical History Forms are available online. Failure to complete the required forms will delay registration and will prevent entrance into housing assignment. Please visit our website for complete information about requirements and deadlines.

Mental Health Services staff members work with students to resolve personal and interpersonal difficulties, including conflicts with or worry about friends or family, concerns about eating or drinking patterns, and feelings of anxiety and depression. Although some concerns are more frequent than others, students' experiences are as varied as the students themselves. Staff members help each person figure out their own situation. Services include individual, group and couples counseling; crisis counseling; psychiatric consultation; and referral for off-campus counseling. Call 314-935-6666 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

Health Promotion Services staff members provide information and resources on issues of interest to Washington University students including alcohol and other drugs, weight and body image, sexual health, sleep and stress; customize professional health education programs for groups; and work with groups of students dedicated to educating their peers about healthy decision making. Call 314-935-7139 for more information.

Important Information About Health Insurance, Danforth Campus

Washington University has a student health fee designed to improve the health and wellness of the entire Washington University community. This fee supports health and wellness services and programs on campus. In addition, all full-time, degree-seeking Washington University students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan upon completion of registration. Students may opt out of this coverage if there is proof of existing comprehensive insurance coverage. Information concerning opting out of the student health insurance plan can be found online after June 1 of each year. Student Health Services does provide billing services to many of the major insurance companies in the United States. Specific fees and co-pays apply to students using Medical Services and Mental Health Services; these fees may be billable to your insurance plan. More information is available on our website.

Student Health Services, Medical Campus

For information about student health services on the Medical Campus, please visit the Student Health Services page of the medical school Bulletin.

Campus Security

The Washington University campus is among the most attractive in the nation and enjoys a safe, relaxed atmosphere. Your personal safety and the security of your property while on campus is a shared responsibility. Washington University has made safety and security a priority through our commitment to a full-time professional police department, use of closed circuit television, card access, good lighting, shuttle services, emergency telephones, and ongoing educational safety awareness programs. The vast majority of crimes that occur on college campuses are crimes of opportunity, which can be prevented.

The best protection against crime is an informed, alert campus community. Washington University has developed several programs to help make your experience here a safe and secure one. An extensive network of emergency telephones, including more than 200 "blue light" telephones, is connected directly to the University Police Department and can alert the police to your exact location. In addition to the regular shuttle service, an evening walking escort service or mobile Campus Circulator is available on the Danforth Campus.

The Campus2Home shuttle will provide a safe ride home for those living in four designated areas off campus — Skinker-DeBaliviere, Loop South, north of The Loop and just south of the campus — from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. seven days a week. The shuttle leaves from both the Mallinckrodt Center and the Brookings Drive steps and takes passengers directly to the front doors of their buildings. Shuttle drivers then will wait and watch to make sure passengers get into their buildings safely.

The University Police Department is a full-service organization staffed by certified police officers who patrol the campus 24 hours a day throughout the entire year. The Police Department offers a variety of crime prevention programs including a high-security bicycle lock program, free personal-safety whistles, computer security tags, personal safety classes for women and men, property inventory services and security surveys. For more information on these programs, check out the Washington University Police Department website.

In compliance with the Campus Crime Awareness and Security Act of 1990, Washington University publishes online an annual report, Safety & Security: Guide for Students, Faculty, and Staff & Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Reports, which is available to all current and prospective students on the Danforth Campus and university employees on the Danforth, North and West campuses. To request a hard copy, contact the Washington University Police Department, CB 1038, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, 314-935-9011.

For information regarding protective services at the School of Medicine, please visit the Security page of the Washington University Operations & Facility Management Department.