Personal & Academic Support

We know there is a lot going on right now with the COVID-19 health crisis and that you have many new challenges to manage, personally and academically.

Recognizing that, we’ve assembled some online Oxy resources and offerings designed specifically to support your personal and academic success throughout this remote learning experience. This includes everything from interactive workshops to online advising and virtual office hours to chat and connect. Your Oxy community is still here and ready to help!

Academic Advising

Advising Week has been rescheduled and extended to a two-week period from March 30 to April 10. During this time all continuing students should connect with their faculty advisors to discuss their course selections for Fall 2020. Remote advising can be done effectively using several communication platforms, including video conference, telephone, and email.

Advising Workshops

Caro Brighouse, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, will offer several advising workshops over the next two weeks. The workshops will cover questions about Core Requirements, transferring credit to Oxy, academic policies such as CR/NC, GPA requirements and other degree requirements, and how best to plan to stay on track with your degree during this time. Students who would like to talk about their own personal academic situation can follow up with a 1-1 video conference.

Thinking about going CR/NC for any courses this semester? Questions about transferring in courses you take this summer? This workshop will give you answers. Caro Brighouse will describe the policy changes for this semester and will be able to answer your questions.

Virtual Office Hours with Caro Brighouse

  • Tuesdays: 4-5:30pm (BlueJeans Meeting ID: 296 091 554)
  • Fridays: 10:30am-12:30pm (BlueJeans Meeting ID: 548 894 306)

Career Exploration

The Hameetman Career Center is taking active measures to ensure students continue to receive targeted career readiness support remotely. View online HCC resources. You can also connect with a Career Peer Adviser (see Tutoring & Peer Assistance below).

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office is tailoring regular support resources to serve you during this challenging time. Please reach out to us to schedule a meeting to discuss any question or concerns.

Virtual Office Hours

Log in to sign up (you may have to register for an account if you've never used this system). All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

  • Mondays
    • 11am - 12pm (Mariam Ashchyan)
    • 1 - 2 pm (Dean Flot)
    • 5 - 6pm (Luci Masredjian)
  • Tuesdays
    • 10 - 11am (Vivian Santiago)
    • 5 - 6pm (Dean Flot)
  • Wednesdays
    • 9 - 10am (Dean Flot)
    • 1 - 2pm (Erica O'Neal Howard)
    • 5 - 6pm (Mariam Ashchyan)
  • Thursdays
    • 4 - 5pm (Luci Masredjian)
    • 5 - 6pm (Vivian Santiago)
  • Fridays
    • 1-2pm (Luci Masredjian)
    • 11am - 12pm (Vivian Santiago)
    • 3 - 4pm (Erica O'Neal Howard)

Disability Services

  • Approved academic accommodations through Disability Services should still remain in effect, even for virtual courses.
  • To ensure that your professors know about your accommodations, be sure to reach out to them ASAP to re-share your accommodation letter.
  • For extended testing time accommodations, be sure to alert your professor of your accommodation need for each timed quiz or exam.
  • Accommodations are individualized and may differ for each of you, based on your specific needs. If you need guidance, let us know.

Emmons Telehealth Resources

Emmons Wellness Center is offering telehealth services for medical and counseling services in addition to in-person services - all services are free to students! Emmons medical providers are available to all students Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm via Zoom telehealth consultation. Appointments and walk-ins are available. Students wishing to see a medical provider should call the front desk at (323) 259-2657.

Counseling services available to students residing in California: Emmons counselors are able to provide ongoing telecounseling to students residing in California. We are currently providing sessions via the phone, but should be set up for video sessions by 4/6/20. Most students will be able to have telecounseling sessions on a weekly basis for the rest of the semester. To schedule, please contact Emmons at (323) 259-2657.

Counseling services available to ALL students: Emmons counselors are offering virtual walk-ins every day (Monday-Friday) from 9 am-12 pm and 1-4 pm (PST). During virtual walk-ins we offer telephone-based brief counseling and crisis management. Please call Emmons at (323) 259-2657 to get connected to the virtual walk-in counselor.

Intercultural Community Center

The ICC is here for you as we navigate these unforeseen circumstances together. ICC professional staff are available online meeting platforms, like Zoom, or by phone for check-ins, support or advocacy. Please reach us at icc@oxy.edu to schedule an appointment, and we will prioritize your email in less than 24 hours.

Library & CDLA Services

Find everything you need to know about Library/CDLA services during the COVID-19 response.

National & International Fellowships

The Office of National and International Fellowships is available for individual advising on awards and help with applications. The office also has a new video tour of its website that includes information about searching for awards and advice from past Oxy applicants.

You can make an appointment by going to Handshake and selecting a virtual fellowships appointment, or email director Jennifer Locke. Appointments can be conducted via BlueJeans, Skype, phone, or email.

Office of Religious & Spiritual Life

Rev. Dr. Susan Young of ORSL is available to meet with students virtually or through a teleconference. While she is not a licensed therapist, Susan can talk with students about ways to deal with stress and anxiety as a well as engaging in conversations about career and vocation. To schedule a meeting, contact Rev. Dr. Young at young@oxy.edu.

ORSL at Home

Join us weekdays at 3:30 p.m. PST for reflection and community building activities. The ORSL staff will offer something different every day. There is no need to sign up in advance, just enter the Blue Jeans meeting via https://oxy.bluejeans.com/117157933.

Monday Meditation: Rev. Dr. Susan Young will lead a 30-minute guided meditation session.
Tuesday Tea: ORSL staff will facilitate free flowing conversation about one of life’s important questions.
Wednesday Word: ORSL staff will offer a reflection on a sacred reading from a religious or spiritual tradition.
Thursday Pop Culture: Becker Grumet will examine our favorite pop culture television shows or movies through our spiritual values. Topics include The Bachelor, Tiger King and other pop culture phenomena.
Friday Stretch: Maggie Contreras will lead a group yoga-based stretching session.

Pre-health Advising

The Office of Pre-Health Advising is closely monitoring changes regarding MCAT rescheduling, AMCAS medical school application deadlines, and P/F grading policy on pre-requisites. Students can schedule apointments on the OPHA booking website and email questions to prehealthadvising@oxy.edu. Sign up to receive useful weekly updates and online resources via the pre-health listserv.

Project SAFE

Even in this time of transition and upheaval, Project SAFE is still available as a resource. Find information about individual advocacy support and prevention education resources.

Project SAFE has developed this resource guide to assist those coping with trauma amidst Covid-19. 

Residential Education & Housing Services

REHS is still available by phone Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm, for any questions or inquires: (323) 259-2531. Additionally, students can participate in virtual office hours with staff for the remainder of the semester by signing up via our appointment calendar.

SLICE’s List of Virtual Activities

SLICE has compiled a comprehensive list of fun things you can do virtually - everything from culture, arts and entertainment to resources related to health and wellness, religion and spirituality, the LGBTQ+ comunity and academic support.

Tutoring & Peer Assistance

Academic Mastery Program (AMP)

AMP is continuing to support Chem 120, Chem 240, Chem 220, Chem 221, Phys 115, Phys 117, Phys 125, Math 110, Math 120 and Bio 130. If you are participating in AMP, keep an eye out for emails from your workshop leaders with worksheet materials a day or two before your scheduled online workshop.

Career Peer Advisers

CPAs are trained advisors that can meet with students via video call to talk about and give feedback on resumes, cover letters, and making the most of other HCC resources and services. Make an appointment on Handshake and choose a time that lists "Career Peer Advisor."

Peer Learning

Peer Learning has resumed remotely for most subjects and languages via Bluejeans. Check out updated hours and find links to meeting rooms. 

Scientific Scholars Achievement Program (SSAP)

SSAP tutors will reach out to the classes for which they tutor with details as to when their sessions will take place and on which platforms. We thank you for your patience as we try to work out the details, and if you have any questions please contact ssap@oxy.edu.

Writing Center

The Writing Center is online this spring and you can sign up for online appointments on their website.

To work with Faculty Writing Specialists: we are offering scheduled appointment times. Students can upload a document and sign up for an online video meeting to discuss it OR can attach a document to request written feedback during an eTutoring appointment (the document must be attached before the appointment time).

To work with Peer Writing Advisers: we do not have scheduled appointment times or drop-in hours, but students can sign up for an eTutoring appointment “slot” and upload a document to receive written feedback within two days. Please note this two-day turnaround and plan accordingly.