Grinnell College’s Student Government Association is dedicated to the safety and wellness of all students. Student life at Grinnell is about more than life within classrooms, and as such members of the SGA are dedicated to creating the best student life experience possible. The SGA is here to serve you, both directly and through connecting you with resources on campus.
Academic Advising is an incredible resource on campus available to all students. Their aim is to work with you on any academic concern. They organize occasional workshops regarding time management and academic stress, help connect peer tutors, and offer a wide range of other methods of support. To arrange an appointment, stop by their office (located on the third floor of the JRC), or call at (641) 269-3702.
The Lending Library is a service provided through the Center for Religious Life, Spirituality, and Social Justice for low-income students to receive books for the semester to use. Select high-need students have the opportunity to participate in the Textbook Lending Library. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid. There is a form to gain access to the Lending Library.
Beyond the Classroom
Grinnell’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) recognizes academic life does not solely consist of classes. The CLS offers assistance in creating a resume, preparing for internships, finding community service opportunities, and career planning. The Center is eager to work with all students to help meet individual needs. To find out more information and plan an appointment, stop by the office at 1127 Park Street, call at (641) 269-4940, or email the CLS at [career].
The SGA Cabinet’s specific aim this year is “safety and wellness.” As such, the entire association is working to ensure that all Grinnellians are receiving the care they need, and are aware of proper methods of maintaining all elements of their wellness.
The main resource on campus catering to physical and mental wellness is the Student Health And Counseling Services (SHACS). SHACS provides physical and mental health services to support personal wellness and academic success. SHACS offers confidential counseling appointments, and will set up off-campus appointments and provide transportation if there are needs that the office cannot directly meet. To arrange an appointment, you can visit the office in the Lower Level of the Forum, call the office at (641) 269-3230, or establish a SHACS appointment here.
The Ombuds Office is a safe place to manage conflict and share your concerns to a confidential resource.
Grinnell College has a Wellness Director, Jen Jacobsen, who works with the Grinnell College administration to assess student health and wellness and meets regularly with SGA Cabinet members to discuss improvement of student life. Another facet of her position is to make more students aware of general wellness tips to foster a healthier and more balanced student life. Other Grinnell staff members who cater to student life are the Residence Life Staff.
Center for Religious Life, Spirituality, and Social Justice
Whether you want to connect with on-campus, student-run religious and spiritual organizations, worship communities in town, or religious staff members for conversation or counseling, the Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice helps you engage with Grinnell’s diverse spiritual community. Designed to foster interfaith dialogue and support many religious traditions, the center promotes local and global social justice through regular community meals, service opportunities, and other activities.
Student life at Grinnell is defined by the concept of Self-Governance. Though convoluted to define, the principles of self governance relate to responsibility in your actions and your service to your community, in both academic and student life.
One of the most important applications of Self-Governance at Grinnell College is in reference to sexual respect. Students are held responsible for ensuring their and their classmates behavior remains respectful and consensual. When sex discrimination occurs, the violation becomes an administrational concern as it constitutes a violation of Title IX. Members of the SGA and Grinnell’s administration work to improve safety across campus in all regards, and a Title IX Working Group exists lead by Vice-President of Student Affairs Bailey Dann discussing methods of ensuring sexual respect among all Grinnellians. Resources for sexual misconduct for support or for more frequently asked questions about Grinnell’s Title IX process are found on the Grinnell main webpage.
Sexual Health Information Center (SHIC)
SHIC is a student-run organization that consists of a safer sex supplies store (condoms, dental dams, pregnancy tests, and toys) and a peer education program. SHIC provides a safe place for students to ask questions, get referred to resources, and talk to trained sexual health peer educators. In addition, SHIC regularly holds sex positive-related campus events and programming. SHIC has their own website which has questions, resources, and hours.