Division of Student Affairs Mission Statement
The Division of Student Affairs at the College of the Holy Cross, within the context of a Catholic Jesuit liberal arts education, is committed to delivering a formative student experience. The services and programs we provide prepare students to become engaged global citizens who thrive, lead by example, act with integrity and purpose, and work in solidarity to promote justice.
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs/
Dean of Students
Ten departments/offices, each under an associate dean or director, report directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. These offices represent the distinctive functions of the Division:
- Student Integrity and Community Standards
- Student Development Services
- Student Engagement
- Multicultural Education
When students accept admission to the College of the Holy Cross, they accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the College’s academic and social community. High standards have been established for membership in this community, including high standards for personal conduct and behavior.
The College of the Holy Cross assumes that all students will abide by the policies, rules, and regulations of the College as well as by state, local, and federal laws. The College’s Community Standards Process and Procedures are established to outline student behavioral expectations and address allegations of student misconduct. This information may be found on the Student Integrity and Community Standards website.
Office of Multicultural Education
The Office of Multicultural Education educates, promotes and serves to empower the campus community on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and the value of human differences. In keeping with Holy Cross’ mission and heritage of developing caring and just communities, the Office of Multicultural Education advocates for an awareness of and sensitivity toward differences of race, culture, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion and disabilities among its students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Through classes, workshops, training sessions, peer education and consultations, opportunities are provided for growth and development of each member of the community.
These programmatic activities are offered to increase educational awareness, initiate critical thinking, encourage dialogue and discussion, and promote constructive analysis around differences within the human experience. It is our belief that through the exchange of diverse ideas we open ourselves to achieving greater understanding and greater engagement of thought. Participation by all campus members ensures our campus to be one which is responsive to and reflective of the diversity found within its community.
Our mission statement also guides us to be a community with shared responsibility for integrated learning-challenging our own assumptions, exposing our own beliefs, and expanding our own experiences, thereby preparing our students to become socially responsible and informed citizens in our ever-changing national and global arenas. Underlying this mission is the goal for the entire community to acquire further knowledge and the applicable skills needed to effectively address any behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that interfere with honest exchange and cross-cultural understanding.
The College of the Holy Cross is firmly committed to the positive development of a campus that is supportive of and conducive to all of its members. It is an institutional priority.
Residence Life and Housing
As a residential college, much of campus life at Holy Cross is centered in the 11 residence halls. The residential experience is designed to complement and enhance in-class learning. Building positive communities within the residence halls is essential for personal growth and development. By living and learning with other students in shared residence, it is our hope students will develop a sense of identity and purpose, allowing for meaningful interactions with others. Opportunities and responsibilities associated with citizenship exist in the residence halls and other campus communities. With these goals in mind, a dedicated staff of Residence Life professionals and upper-class student leaders live in the halls. Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders who help build community, respond to concerns and provide guidance. These students are selected for their maturity, responsibility and leadership qualities. They are trained to respond to the needs of students. They are supported by Head Resident Assistants (HRAs) and professional staff.
Every residence hall has a live-in/on professional staff member who typically have earned Masters Degrees and have experience in higher education, student development or related field. Community Development Coordinators (CDCs) live in each first year building and assist with first year’s transition into the college experience. Upper-class buildings have Area Coordinators as supervisors, though Assistant or Associate Directors may provide indirect supervision and may have an apartment in the building. Many live in/on staff have spouses and children who also live in the residence halls.
Holy Cross offers a wide variety of student activities, recreational programs, leadership experiences, cultural events, and formal and informal entertainment that not only provides a respite from the rigors of academic life, but also encourages individual creativity, intellectual development, and an awareness of issues confronting society. Cocurricular involvement has long been considered an integral part of the College and all students are encouraged to participate in the wide range of clubs, organizations, events and activities available.
There are more than 100 student clubs and organizations devoted to academic pursuits, special interest activities, recreation, service, print and broadcast media and performing arts. Most student activities are financed through the student activities fee, which is allocated by the Student Government Association (SGA). The central representative body of Holy Cross students, SGA consists of elected officers and students who are appointed to serve on various faculty, student and campus-wide committees.
New students and parents are introduced to the College at our Summer Gateways Orientation program in June. Students have the chance to meet classmates, their class dean, their class chaplain, faculty, and administrators. They meet with an advisor regarding course selection and become acquainted with many resources. A separate program for parents includes introductions as well as topic presentations.
Students return to campus on move-in day and participate in a comprehensive orientation that addresses academic and cocurricular interests.
Leadership is a significant component of the student life experience. Opportunities for skill enhancement, self reflection, and competency development are offered throughout the year in cooperation with faculty and other administrative offices.
Many organizations and departments coordinate events, including distinguished speakers, musical performances, social engagements, cultural programs and other activities ranging from intellectually stimulating to purely entertaining. With more than 100 Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) planning approximately 250 events per year, there is always something to do on “The Hill.”
In light of demanding academic schedules, the College recognizes the necessity of having positive social outlets for students. When it comes to late night activities, a variety of Friday night programs can be found. These events include comedians, singer-songwriters and cultural performances. Every weekend we offer a diverse calendar of late night programming. Some of these events include The Edge, a late night dance party, Stress Free Saturday, coffee house performances, and more. During afternoons and evenings the SGA provides shuttles to the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley and on the weekends to Providence and Boston so students can enjoy shopping and entertainment opportunities in local and metropolitan areas.
The College promotes a wide range of recreational activities and organizations that provide students with on- and off-campus opportunities to participate, compete, lead, learn and grow in accord with the Jesuit ideal of Cura Personalis (Care of Self and Others — Mind, Body, Spirit). Holy Cross currently has 24 club sports that are student-led Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs), which arrange activities around a common interest in a particular sport, vary in competition level and intensity, and are eligible to compete against other colleges and universities. The Intramurals program includes several on-campus sports leagues and events such as soccer, volleyball, flag football, handball, basketball, and softball, which are open to all members of the Holy Cross community. Intramural participants have the opportunity to play against other Holy Cross teams in weekly league play, culminating in an intramural league championship. The Office of Recreation, Intramurals and Club Sports (RICS) supports on- and off-campus recreational activities including the Family Fun Run/Jesuit Jaunt, dodgeball, broomball, Indoor soccer tournaments, “Get off the Hill” skiing, canoeing and hiking excursions, triathlons, as well as collaborative recreational programming with student-run organizations focused on the concept of service for and with others.
Holy Cross Band Program
Whether performing in world-class concert halls or historic athletics venues, the Holy Cross Bands are committed to serving and engaging the campus community with quality music, excellent people and enjoyable experiences.
Dating back to 1845, the band program at Holy Cross has one of the longest running legacies of any organization on campus. Comprised of three performing ensembles and exploratory programs for new musicians, the Holy Cross Bands provide opportunities for all students to participate in marching, pep and concert bands.
The band department is a catalyst between the Office of Student Life, Department of Athletics and the music department. We support many events and functions on campus, in our community and even abroad. Because of our relationship with our campus community, the Holy Cross Bands provide opportunities for our students and audiences that no other program on campus offers.
We are committed to fostering optimal student health to enhance academic success. Professionals provide services to improve and promote physical and psychological health and wellness. We work to ensure a healthy campus environment that is accessible to all students. We respect the unique needs of all individuals and embrace human differences.
The Ignatian ideal of cura personalis guides the work we do at the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center plays a vital role in the life of the College by offering a wide range of services to members of the campus community. Our primary goal is to support students negotiating their transition into adulthood. Students normally encounter a variety of challenges during college. We provide confidential assistance to students who have a wide range of problems or concerns, such as stress, adjustment difficulties, relationship problems, anxiety, and depression. Many students seek counseling to help them through these challenges. We work collaboratively with students to promote their academic success and personal growth during their years at Holy Cross.
The Counseling Center staff members are dedicated to creating an affirming and inclusive atmosphere for students of all ethnicities, cultures, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, abilities, national origins, immigration status, spiritual practices, socioeconomic backgrounds, ideological affiliations, and life experiences. We work collaboratively with other departments on campus to raise awareness and increase sensitivity to diversity in all its forms.
All current, full-time students are eligible to receive counseling services. Students may be referred to providers in the community if specialty care is needed. Confidentiality of all counseling relationships is maintained in compliance with professional ethical standards and local, state and federal laws. The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed psychologists and doctoral psychology externs under professional supervision. Students can make an appointment by calling or visiting the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. The following services are offered at the Counseling Center:
- Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy: Clinicians are available to meet individually with students to address a variety of concerns. A short-term model is used and the number of sessions is determined collaboratively with the student.
- Group Counseling: A variety of groups is offered periodically, giving students the opportunity to meet with a staff member and other students experiencing similar issues.
- Consultation: Clinicians are available to provide consultations to members of the College community who desire psychological advice regarding concerns about students.
- Outreach Programs: A variety of workshops for students is offered on topics such as stress management, relationship issues and raising awareness about mental health. The Counseling Center psychologists also facilitate two peer education programs — Counseling Outreach Peer Educators (COPE) and Relationship Peer Educators (RPE).
- Psychiatric Services: A psychiatrist is available to students engaged in psychotherapy at the Counseling Center.
- Crisis & Emergency Services: For psychological crises necessitating assistance the same day, students can access our Urgent Care Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the academic year when the Counseling Center is open. For psychological crises that occur after hours when the Counseling Center is closed, an on-call crisis counselor is available to provide support by telephone and can be reached by calling the Counseling Center (508-793-3363) and following the prompts. For psychological emergencies, contact Public Safety (508-793-2222) or call 911.
- Referrals: The Counseling Center staff members are available to assist students with referrals for psychiatric evaluations and medication management, long-term psychotherapy, and specialized services.
Students interested in making an appointment may call the Counseling Center at (508) 793-3363 or visit us at Hogan 207 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m. during the academic year. For more information about the Counseling Center, please visit our website at www.holycross.edu/health-wellness-and-access/counseling-center.
Office of Accessibility Services
The Office of Accessibility Services coordinates assistance for students with disabilities in order to promote equal access to College programs and services. The Office seeks to assist students and their families in making the necessary arrangements to facilitate full participation in academic and co-curricular pursuits.
The College of the Holy Cross complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act of 1990, the ADA Amendments of 2008, and applicable local, state and federal statutes regarding nondiscrimination against persons with disabilities.
The director of the office or the coordinator of Accessibility Services is available for consultation and may be contacted by telephone at (508) 793-3693, or FAX (508) 793-3585. For further information please visit our website.
Health Services is a medical office on campus that provides primary care and urgent medical care to students. Board-Certified Family Practice Physicians are available by appointment Monday through Friday, 20 hours per week. Health Services is also staffed full time by nurse practitioners and registered nurses. Students are referred to specialists or emergency room medical care, if indicated. In addition, nutrition-medical therapy, asthma education, smoking cessation, and massage therapy are available at Health Services. Demonstrating its commitment to quality and excellence, Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. and is an institutional member of the American College Health Association.
Health Services is located in Loyola Hall. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m. during the academic year. Public Safety responds to emergencies. An on-call physician is available for acute illness after hours at (508) 334-8830. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (508) 793-2276.
College Medical Staff
Kelsey DeVoe, M.S., FNP-C
Director, Health Services
Martha C. Sullivan, M.S., FNP-BC
Associate Director, Health Services/Nurse Practitioner
Christine M. Purington, M.D.
Consulting Medical Director
Debora Cain, RN-BC
Linda Tatko Cooper, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Leslie Holland, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Darlene Menz, ANP-BC
Adult Nurse Practitioner
Edmond Zaccaria, M.D.
The Ignatian ideal of cura personalis — care of the whole person- guides the work in the Office of Wellness Programming. The office plays a vital role in the lives of Holy Cross students by offering services and a wide range of programs focus on the well-being of students.
The primary goal of the Office of Wellness Programming is to coordinate a comprehensive and evidence-based alcohol and drug prevention program for student on campus that create significant shifts regarding substance use in the following ways: change the culture/environment on campus, encourage and support appropriate norms and student expectations, and challenge attitudes and behaviors.
All departments within the Office of Student Affairs play a role in implementing the college alcohol and drug policy through education or enforcement. Students are informed about the laws pertaining to alcohol and drugs, the college policy, community standards, and the consequences to oneself and others as the result of participating in high risk drinking and/or drug use. Wellness Programming aims to create an atmosphere on campus that encourages students to make responsible, low risk choices in regards to the use of alcohol and/or other substances and supports those students who choose not to use alcohol or drugs.
In addition, Wellness Programming provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in activities that will promote optimal wellness.
The resources and programs offered by the office include: the coordination of required online programs that educate students about alcohol, marijuana and understanding sexual assault, individual meetings with students who have been sanctioned for alcohol or drug violations, an on-line student health newsletter, a campus-wide Wellness Fair, and supervision and training for the Students for Responsible Choices, a peer education group dedicated to helping students make responsible choices around their use of alcohol.
The Director provides training and consultation to a wide variety of student and staff groups as well as consultation and referral to individual students in all areas of wellness. The office is located in Loyola 110 (within Health Services), and is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.