Bias and Crisis Support
Reporting a Bias Incident
If someone believes they are the victim of or a witness to an alleged bias incident, that person may report the incident, in person or by phone, to the Dean of Students Office, Residence Life staff, or another member of the Student Affairs staff. Learn about Bias Incident Reporting.
Bias Reporting Resources
The Deans of Students Office foster the personal and educational development of students. Deans of Students seek to build educationally purposeful and inclusive campus communities that support the holistic growth of Rutgers–New Brunswick students.
The Office of the Ombudsperson for Students offers Rutgers–New Brunswick students high-level assistance when they feel they have exhausted all other methods to resolve their issues related to the university. The office is an informal and confidential resource for students.
Rutgers University Student Legal Services (RUSLS) provides eligible Rutgers–New Brunswick students with professional legal advice and assistance at no cost by attorneys licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey. Their mission is to give students a place to go to have their questions answered so that their legal issues do not interfere with their academic pursuits.
Student Affairs Compliance and Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
Rutgers Police Department
Emotional Support Resources
Counseling services are offered through Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), our university mental health support service.
Students who are experiencing a psychological or emotional crisis often need immediate help and intervention. A CAPS on-call counselor is available for crisis intervention/emergencies every day during regular business hours (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., except university holidays). Students can access the on-call counselor by visiting 17 Senior Street on the College Ave Campus, or calling 848-932-7884.
The Psychological First Aid Worksheet (PDF) will help you document the needs of the students and the types of psychological first aid you provided after a tragic event.
The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) is committed to creating a community free from violence. The office provides services designed to raise awareness of and respond to the impact of interpersonal violence and other crimes.
Through a combination of direct service, education, training, policy development, and consulting to the university and broader community, the office serves as a critical voice in changing prevailing beliefs and attitudes about violence.
The Emergency Assistance Fund provides one-time financial assists to students experiencing unusual and non-chronic financial hardships (i.e. house fires, burglaries, medical emergencies, etc.) who have exhausted all other resources.
The Food Security Fund provides immediate relief to students deemed to have inconsistent access to adequate food. Support for this fund helps ensure that no student goes hungry at Rutgers.
Students who are food insecure can receive support from Rutgers Student Food Pantry.
The LGBTQ Student Emergency Fund provides supplemental educational emergency assistance to LGBT identified students who are facing financial hardship, often as the result of family separation or challenge due to their social identity.
In the Wake of Trauma Tips for College Students (PDF)
- From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this handout explains some of the different reactions to trauma and provides resources to help with coping.
When Terrible Things Happen – What You May Experience (PDF)
- From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, this resource details positive and negative reactions to trauma and provides tips on what behaviors will and will not help you cope.