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New student services added to The Graduate School

In keeping with our mission to enhance the graduate student experience, we are pleased to announce that we have added new student resources: Safe Zone Allies and a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper. Earlier in the academic year we also introduced The Graduate School Ombudsman, a confidential resource for graduate student concerns and conflicts.

The Safe Zone Ally Program is a visible network of allies who are committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for LGBTQ individuals. The Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper is a trained point of contact who can put you in touch with mental health professionals and related support. 


Contact us:

The Graduate School 

901 Sumter Street 

Suite 304

Columbia, SC 292808

Dale Moore, Ombudsman, 803-777-4243

Garrick Queen, Ally, 803-777-4495, Office 302 C

Teresa Smith, Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, 803-777-6399, Office 304 A

Hannah Spicher, Ally, 803-777-9086, Office 302 L

Cynthia Stanley, Ally, 803-777-2975, Office 301 E 


Additional Resources:

Harriet Hancock LGBT Center

The Harriet Hanckock LGBT Center offers a variety of resources including a free lending library, meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups, and a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations, and counselors while also serving as the headquarters for the South Carolina Pride Movement. 


PFLAG Columbia 

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. 

Trevor Project (GLBT Youth)

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay,

bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.


Counseling & Human Development Center

Students, faculty and staff can call the Counseling & Human Development Center for help at 803-777-5223 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individual and group counseling sessions are included in your student health fee. 

Behavioral Intervention Team

BIT is a resource for anyone who feels a student is a threat to themselves and/or the community. Anyone can make a BIT referral, including students, parents, faculty and staff, and other community members 


USC Police

You can call 911 from any campus landline and be directed to the USC Police Department.

 7-911 or 803-777-4215

Student Health Services 

Student Health Services provides a wide spectrum of high-quality, integrated healthcare services that meet the holistic health and wellness needs of students, faculty and staff. 


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. 


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