Student Resources

Holy Cross offers a safe and secure environment, and a number of offices are dedicated to ensuring you thrive at the College

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Academic Services and Learning Resources

Academic Services and Learning Resources supports students throughout their academic journey at Holy Cross. Serving in a supplementary role, the department’s programming prepares students to be better, confident, and independent learners by sharpening their tools for academic success. 

We look forward to helping you maximize your academic potential by offering academic success programming, including one-on-one peer tutoring and mentoring, collaborative learning with fellow students, individual success coaching, and interactive academic success workshops. Some of the topics we focus on include time management, reading, study, and learning strategies designed to empower you to succeed.

Learn more about Academic Services and Learning Resources

Employment Opportunities

Dining Services is the only on-campus job provider for first-year students, both for awarded work-study or general campus employment. Work-study approved students are given priority for all positions, which are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be invited to attend Dining’s annual Student Employment meeting during fall orientation to learn more and to process their hire paperwork.

Learn more about work-study employment opportunities on the Dining Services website

First-Generation Students

First-generation college students often face unique challenges in applying, enrolling and succeeding in college. We are committed to supporting you socially, academically and financially — before you arrive on campus to graduation and beyond. 

Learn more about the support we offer First-Generation Students.

Libraries

Our five libraries are central to education at Holy Cross — and, with Montserrat, that’s especially true for first-year students. Librarians offer specialized instruction sessions for seminars within the clusters, tailoring resources to correspond to course needs. Throughout every student’s Holy Cross career, librarians are directly available for assistance with sophisticated research and reference tools. The warm and friendly environment in each of the Holy Cross libraries encourages study, reflection, and intellectual growth.

Learn more about Holy Cross Libraries

LGBTQIA+ 

Holy Cross is committed to ensuring everyone feels supported in our community. We pay careful attention to developing programs and resources focused on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Learn about resources and programming available to the LGBTQIA+ community

Health Services

Health Services at Holy Cross is committed to providing quality health care that recognizes the individual needs of students and supports their academic success. Health care professionals provide services, programs- and wellness education to enable students to become well integrated in mind, body and spirit. 

Learn more about Health Services.

Counseling Center

The Ignatian ideal of cura personalis guides the work we do at the Counseling Center. We play a vital role in the life of the College by offering a wide range of services to members of the campus community. Our primary goal is to support students negotiating their transition into adulthood. Students encounter a variety of challenges during college. We provide confidential assistance to students who have a wide range of concerns, such as stress, adjustment difficulties, relationship problems, anxiety, and depression. Many students seek counseling to help them through these challenges. We work collaboratively with students to promote their academic success and personal growth during their years at Holy Cross.

Learn more about the Counseling Center.

Accessibility Services

The Office of Accessibility Services coordinates assistance for students with disabilities in order to promote equal access to programs and services at Holy Cross. The office seeks to assist students and their families in making the necessary arrangements to participate fully in academic and co-curricular pursuits. The College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, The ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and applicable local, state, and federal statutes regarding nondiscrimination against persons with disabilities.

To be considered for accommodations, please see the "Students With Disabilities Requesting Accommodations" entries on the Forms and Action Due Dates pages for first-year students or transfer students.

Learn more about Accessibility Services

Public Safety 

Holy Cross is committed to ensuring a safe and secure community for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) works to develop and maintain positive relationships with all members of the College community, and to maintain an environment in which students, faculty, and staff may experience academic, professional, and personal success. Public Safety is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with full-time, academy-trained, sworn police officers. Public Safety provides a comprehensive program of education, crime prevention, fire safety, emergency and medical response, transportation and related public safety, police, and community services. Holy Cross police officers enjoy a close working relationship with the City of Worcester Police Department as well as state and local emergency response services.

Students are encouraged to download the free RAVE Guardian app on their smartphone. This app gives the student immediate text access to the DPS emergency dispatchers. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. 

Campus Emergency Notification System

Holy Cross has a comprehensive campus emergency notification system in place to alert all students, faculty, and staff of any possible threat or hazard occurring on campus or in the surrounding area. The RAVE Alert emergency notification system allows the College to send time-sensitive notifications via cell phone, residence hall phone, email, and text message. Your on-campus contact information, such as your phone number listed in your student account records and on-campus email address, will be automatically entered into the RAVE Alert system once you are assigned to a residence hall. When you access STAR in mid-August, you will be asked to enter information such as your personal cell phone number and emergency contact information. Each semester you will be asked to verify and update this information in STAR.

Off-Campus Emergency Contact Information

In the event that the College must contact your parent(s) or guardian(s) in an emergency, it is important that you enter in STAR as much current information as possible, such as the cell phone and work numbers of your parent(s) or guardian(s). To enter the above information, log in to STAR, go to Student Personal Data, Emergency Contact Information, and click on Add an Emergency Contact. If you have questions about this process, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 508-793-2511. 

Learn more about Public Safety

Student Wellness Education

The Office of Student Wellness Education creates structures for wellness enhancement and risk reduction. Using evidence-based practices and collaborating with a range of campus partners, Student Wellness Education works collectively to provide initiatives, services, and resources that support the well-being of students.

Services provided include: 

  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • Sexual and gender-based violence education and prevention
  • Alcohol and drug education and prevention 

Learn more about Student Wellness Education

Title IX and Equal Opportunity 

The College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespect, and is committed to sustaining a welcoming environment for everyone and especially for those vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, marital or parental status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. 

The Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity supports the College’s commitment to a safe and inclusive community as evidenced by the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Learn more about Title IX and Equal Opportunity.

View information on options for reporting concerns and confidential resources at the College and in the Worcester community. 

Writer’s Workshop

The Writer’s Workshop, run by the Center for Writing, has trained consultants available to help students with any writing assignment, from brainstorming ideas to polishing a paper. 

Learn more about the Writer’s Workshop.