STUDENT LIFE

RESOURCES AND SERVICES

Disabilities

Accommodations are available for students with diagnosed physical, learning, psychiatric, or other disabilities upon request. Students seeking accommodations for a disability or disabling condition should contact the Director of Student Life as soon as possible upon arrival to begin the accommodation process. If the accommodations are relevant to on-campus housing, this process should begin with the first housing inquiry. Accommodations cannot be requested retroactively. Accommodations are determined and implemented on a case-by-case basis as is reasonable and appropriate and may include but are not limited to: extended time on tests and in-class assignments, note-taking assistance or access to class notes, flexible course scheduling, and/or reduced course load.

The Office of Student Life will support students in communicating with professors to arrange and implement the approved accommodations. Students with disabilities are encouraged to communicate with their faculty, but are not required to disclose specific diagnoses. Upon student request, a letter will be sent to faculty members outlining approved accommodations and beginning the dialogue toward implementation for that semester. Given the variable nature of courses at Watkins, we recommend that students meet with the Director of Student Life at the beginning of each semester to reevaluate appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Psychological and psychiatric disorders include a broad range of diagnoses, including, bi-polar disorder, clinical depression, schizophrenia, general anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and many others. Any of these conditions may be a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, if they impact a major life activity. Typically, persons with psychological or psychiatric disorders are not identifiable by appearance, and they are not noticeably disabled. Yet, these individuals may need accommodations in order to fully participate in a post-secondary program.

For additional information contact the Director of Student life. Samantha Brzozowski can be contacted at 615.277.7406 or at [email protected] and is located in the Cecy Reed Student Center.

Counseling

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film recognizes that sometimes personal problems can cause stress and affect performance in the school setting. Watkins has a partnership with an area counseling practice which would cover the cost of the first three visits.

The counseling service through Watkins is a professional counseling service offered off site which is designed to help students identify problems and seek solutions. The program is a pre-paid service to students and their immediate families-providing three face-to-face sessions at no cost to the student. The program provides assistance in most personal problems such as drug/alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, problems caused by legal/financial worries, abuse and many others. When students feel or believe that a problem exists and want the assistance of a professional counselor, they may contact the Office of Student Life OR refer themselves. Watkins College of Art & Design will not know or ask the names of students who access the program.

Confidentiality is of the utmost importance and privacy is absolutely respected. Students who are currently enrolled in Watkins College of Art, Design & Film are covered. Once the problem has been identified the counselor will recommend a helping plan to resolve the issues. Most problems can be identified and a plan for achieving resolution developed within the three pre-paid sessions. Beyond these three sessions, the counselor may make a referral to another appropriate service or to have continued visits.

Students may call the Association for Guidance, Aid, Placement and Empathy (AGAPE) at 781-3000 to speak with an intake counselor and to make arrangements for a first appointment. Visitation hours can be scheduled Monday through Friday at 4555 Trousdale Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. For questions about the program, student may seek the advice of the Director of Student Life who will keep all matters confidential and can refer the student to the appropriate contact or can refer the student to other resources.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center at Watkins, located in the Watkins Library, offers paper outlining, research, editing, and citation guidance, as well as grammar tutorials and ESL conversation sessions.

Now offering recurring appointments for long-term help with creative writing or thesis projects.

Hours

Monday:  11am -2pm
Tuesday: By appointment only
Thursday: 4pm – 6pm
Friday: 11am – 2pm

Email: [email protected]

For additional information and useful resource links, check out The Writing Center page.

Staying Healthy

YMCA

All students of Watkins receive a waiver for the enrollment fee from all area branches of the Middle TN YMCA. Students need to only present a valid Watkins student ID card to receive this benefit. The monthly membership rate for the center-only membership or citywide membership is assessed based on income. The Northwest YMCA is conveniently located within five minutes of Watkins at 3700 Ashland City Hwy. Students are encouraged to utilize this neighboring facility. For additional information, visit www.ymcamidtn.org or contact the Director of Student Life.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS LINKS

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Assist Tennessee

Healthy Nashville-the Mayor’s Office

Substance Abuse Recovery

http://www.drugwatch.com

YMCA of Middle Tennessee