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Beyond the Classroom: Health & Disabilities

Alcohol / Drug Concerns

Many students find their use of alcohol and/or drugs interfering with their educational goals, intimate relationships, health, friendships, and/or family life. Such problems often remain unnoticed until they seem unmanageable.  Visit the Counseling Center for help.

Alcohol Education / Awareness

The mission of The Office of Substance Education & Responsibility is to provide knowledge and information that empowers UK students and community youth to make safer and healthier lifestyle choices with regard to substance use of all types.  Our peer education group – the Student Wellness Ambassadors (SWA) – provides a variety of programming and workshops dedicated to empowering their peers and community youth with tools on how to live safe and balanced lifestyles.

Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often face new academic challenges when they enter college. Changes from the structure of living at home to the independence of living away from home‚ and from the support provided in high school to the expectations in college can be overwhelming for new students.  Visit the Disability Resource Center for assistance.

Behavioral Health - Counseling

Emotional and psychological health are important factors in a student's ability to perform well academically and adjust socially. Students face many stressors from learning to live with roommates to choosing a career path.  The UK Counseling Center provides counseling and "talk" therapy for students with behavioral health issues.  UKCC and UHS frequently collaborate to integrate care of students struggling with psychological concerns.

Behavioral Health

Medication evaluations for behavioral health disorders are conducted through University Health Services.  Talk therapy and counseling for behavioral health problems is available through the UK Counseling Center.  UKCC and UHS frequently collaborate to integrate care of students struggling with psychological concerns

Birth Control & Contraception

Hormonal birth control methods -- Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP), Ring (NuvaRing) and Patch (Ortho Evra) are very effective, reversible methods of birth control and safe for most young, healthy women.  Visit University Health Services for more information.

Blind / Visual Impairments

The DRC provides a variety of services to students who are blind or visually impaired.

Campus Accessibility [map]

The purpose of this map is to provide information about accessibility features of UK campus buildings, the best routes between buildings, and accessible parking locations. Building information pages provide more information about accessible features inside UK buildings, and are compatible with screen readers.

Chronic Health Disorders

These disorders can affect the individual’s cognitive and/or motor functions‚ and cause fatigue. Individuals report that these disorders are often acute by nature but on occasion their conditions “flare–up” and present temporary functional limitations.

Communication Disorders

The educational impact of communication disorders often includes difficulty with attending to lectures‚ taking notes‚ organizing and sequencing presentations‚ public speaking‚ and processing speed.

Counseling for International Students

Transitions can be especially challenging when you are far away from people who usually support you. Counselors at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services (UKCC) understand this, and are aware of the many ways that being from another culture can impact your experience here at UK.

Counseling for Students of Color

The University of Kentucky Counseling Center is a supportive, affirming place for all students.  Individual counseling and support groups are available and can be of assistance to those who may have felt marginalized and/or are from traditionally underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.

Counseling for Student with Disabilities

 The Disability Resource Center is the best first point of contact for students with a disability or a disability-related concern. The University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services offers individual and group counseling for students regardless of disability for personal growth, psychological concerns (related to the disability or not), career indecision, identity issues, substance abuse, and other concerns as long as Center services are able to meet the needs of the individual.

Cultural Issues - Administrative Support

There may be instances where students perceive that they are being discriminated against or sexually harassed. If you want to discuss either of these issues administratively, you should contact either Patty Bender or Terry Allen in the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity.  The UK Counseling Center and VIP serve as resources for students struggling with the emotional fall-out resulting from discrimination or harassment.

Cultural Issues - Counseling

The UK Counseling Center and VIP serve as resources for students struggling with the emotional fall-out resulting from discrimination or harassment. There may be instances where students perceive that they are being discriminated against or sexually harassed. If you want to discuss either of these issues administratively, you should contact either Patty Bender or Terry Allen in the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity.

Deaf / Hard of Hearing

The DRC provides reasonable accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Accommodations may include‚ but are not necessarily limited to: Priority Registration; note taking assistance; sign language or oral interpreters; notification of faculty regarding use of fm systems and in-class accommodations.

Disability Issues

Occasionally, students go to the Ombud's office to discuss accommodations and other issues surrounding a disability. They work closely with the Disability Resource Center and may be able to assist you.

Discrimination / Sexual Assault / Harassment Support

There may be instances where students perceive that they are being discriminated against or sexually harassed. The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center works with students, staff, faculty, and community partners toward the mission of eliminating the perpetration of power-based personal violence including sexual assault, partner violence and stalking. The UKCC is also available to provide support to affected students.

Eating / Body Image Support

In our society, almost everyone worries at some time about weight, appearance, body image, and size. However, people with eating disorders develop an exaggerated form of such worries. 

Learning Disabilities

It is recommended that students with learning disabilities who are preparing to enter UK register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) soon after acceptance.

Mobility & Physical Impairments

The Disability Resource Center offers and coordinates a variety of services for students with physical disabilities

Neurological Disorders

College students with neurological disorders present with a number of different individual needs for strategies and accommodations.

Psychological Disorders - Accommodations

College students with psychological disorders have a variety of different individual needs for strategies and accommodations.

Psychological Disorders - Counseling

The University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services (UKCC), provides confidential psychological counseling to currently enrolled UK students and consultation services to currently enrolled UK students, UK faculty and staff, and caregivers.

Rape (VIP Center)

The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center works with students, staff, faculty, and community partners toward the mission of eliminating the perpetration of power-based personal violence including sexual assault, partner violence and stalking.

Self-Help

Brochures on a number of topics from the Counseling Center.

Stalking and Domestic / Partner Violence

The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center works with students, staff, faculty, and community partners toward the mission of eliminating the perpetration of power-based personal violence including sexual assault, partner violence and stalking. UK Counseling Center is also available to provide additional counseling and support for affected students.

Stress & Test Anxiety - Counseling

UKCC can help students manage the underlying anxiety related to test-taking, and also provides workshops on stress management.

Stress & Test Anxiety - The Study

Tests cause stress and anxiety for many college students.

Student Health Care

A listing of services provided under the university health fee.

Student Insurance

Visit this site for information about Student Health Insurance at UK.

Student Pharmacy

Pharmacy resource for students.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to work with students who are first generation, low income, and have a documented disability.

Suicide Prevention

Any fee-paying student enrolled in at least 6 credit hours is eligible for an initial intake appointment for psychological services at the UKCC.  Free consultations are available by phone (257.8701) to anyone concerned about a member of the UK community.  UKCC also provides QPR gatekeeper suicide prevention trainings.

Tobacco / Smoking Cessation

Your primary resource for smoking cessation is University Health Services.  In addition, the Counseling Center offers assistance with smoking cessation.

Vaccinations and Compliance

Learn about vaccinations and compliance at University Health Services.

Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP)

The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center works with students, staff, faculty, and community partners toward the mission of eliminating the perpetration of power-based personal violence including sexual assault, partner violence and stalking. UK Counseling Center is also available to provide additional counseling and support for affected students.