Support & Resources

We recognize that contract negotiations can potentially create challenging conversations and situations for our students, faculty, and staff to navigate. We also care deeply about our graduate students and want to do our best to maximize their continued educational and personal success at BU. To that end, please see below for resources that community members may turn to for additional support and guidance. Please reach out if you are struggling.

Student Support & Resources

  • Behavioral Medicine offers various workshops and groups to help students address a variety of mental health–related needs.
  • The Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) compassionately responds to survivors of trauma and prevents interpersonal violence through awareness and education. SARP provides free-of-charge counseling and advocacy to BU students who have experienced a traumatic event.
  • The Dean of Students Office is committed to supporting students throughout their journey at BU. They serve as mentors and counselors, offering guidance on navigating University life and maintaining high standards of student conduct.
  • The Office of the Ombuds is a confidential resource for managing conflicts, problems, and difficult conversations. The office serves all members of the BU community.
  • The University has compiled a list of school/college contacts whom undergraduate and graduate students can turn to should they encounter problems from a strike. Those problems may include having no substitute for a striking teaching assistant/teaching fellow in a discussion section or being pressured to not step in and help with a lab section in the face of a striking TA or TF.

Faculty & Staff Support & Resources

  • Employee Wellness is a BU initiative to provide faculty and staff with resources, both on campus and off, to assist in enhancing overall wellness.
  • BU faculty and staff can find help for a range of personal, work-related, and family concerns—including free and confidential short-term counseling—at the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office (FSAO). For questions about FSAO’s services or to schedule an appointment, fill out their contact form or call 617-353-5381. Their office is open Monday through Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm. For assistance outside of those hours, please call 911 (emergencies only) or use one of the crisis resources located on the FSAO website.
  • The University chaplains and campus ministers at Marsh Chapel are available for spiritual and pastoral conversation, as needed and requested by faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
  • The Office of the Ombuds is a confidential resource for managing conflicts, problems, and difficult conversations. The office serves all members of the BU community.