Smith College and Student Affairs connect students with a wide variety of offices, centers and resources for personal and academic support, community engagement, inclusion and self-care, among a wide variety of other available resources.
Title IX & Safety Resources
Self-Care & Well-Being
The following resources offer helpful advice for specific issues of concern.
- Supporting Marginalized Group Members
- If You Witness Islamophobic Harassment
- If You Witness or Experience Harassment on a PVTA bus
- Hate Crimes Information from the Massachusetts Attorney General
- Attorney General Announcement of Post-election Hotline to Report Incidents of Bias Motivated Harassment
- Hate Crimes Information from the Northampton Police Department
Local Law Enforcement
- Smith College Campus Police
On-campus emergency: Dial 800 or use a campus emergency phone
From your cell phone or off campus: Dial 413-585-2490
- Northampton Police: 911 or 413-587-1100
- Amherst Police Department: 911 or 413-259-3000
- Amherst College Police: 413-542-2291
- Holyoke Police Department: 911 or 413-536-6431
- Mount Holyoke College Police Department: 413-559-5424
- Hampshire College: 413-538-2304
Stress-Related Health Problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Weight problems
- Autoimmune diseases
- Skin conditions, such as eczema
- Reproductive issues
- Pain of any kind
- Heart disease
- Digestive problems
- Sleep problems
- Cognitive and memory problems
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Stress or Stress Overload
The following lists include some of the common warning signs and symptoms of chronic stress. The more signs and symptoms you notice in yourself, the closer you may be to stress overload.
- Memory problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Seeing only the negative
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Depression or general unhappiness
- Anxiety and agitation
- Moodiness, irritability, or anger
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Loneliness and isolation
- Other mental or emotional health problem
- Aches and pains
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea, dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Loss of sex drive
- Frequent colds or flu
- Eating more or less
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Withdrawing from others
- Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
- Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
- Nervous habits (such as nail biting, pacing)
What Self-Care Looks Like
Self-care is being attentive to your physical and mental needs and desires. Stay attuned and connected with yourself and participate in the activities that you need to be well.
Methods of Self-Care
- Self-monitor for signs of stress and trauma.
- Recognize when you are under stress or feeling “unlike” your typical self.
- Be open to feedback from others and take steps to regain your composure and space.
- Unplug when necessary.
- Unplug from media sources that cause you stress. You can stay informed without damaging your mental health.
- Limit your exposure to triggers.
- Refill your love cup by checking in with mentors, family and social groups.
- Stay spiritually ground—engage in spiritual activities that feel right to you.
- Connecting with higher powers
- Participate in activities that make you feel happy, relaxed and rested.
- Exercise and spend time in nature.
There are several things you can do to ensure your comfort, safety and wellness as well as to assist others during difficult times.
- Acknowledge your feelings.
- Be sensitive and kind to your peers.
- Seek support
- Please refer to the list of places that you can go to for support, comfort and guidance.
- Talk to people that you trust (friends, family, faculty, confidantes, spiritual leaders and advisers) but also be aware of how much conversation and “rehashing” that you can handle. Be kind to yourself and know when you need to step away from a conversation or refuse to engage.
- Empower yourself through resistance
- Channel hurt, anger, helplessness and hopelessness into social change activities.
- Stay connected and draw support from your community.
The College Conduct Board
The College Conduct Board exists as a means of ensuring that students at Smith College uphold the standards for student ethics and conduct outlined in the Smith College Student Handbook. The Board hears cases of alleged infractions of non-academic rules (academic infractions are handled by the Academic Honor Board) and makes decisions about the outcomes of cases.
Undocumented & DACAmented Students
Since early 2017, executive orders enacted by the Trump administration have created significant volatility in U.S. immigration policy. Amid this uncertainty, Smith College remains deeply committed to protecting and supporting all members of our community.
House Fellows Program
The House Fellows Program invites faculty or staff members to associate with a particular house so they can interact with and get to know student residents. The goals of this program are to enhance house life intellectually and socially and to broaden the understanding of how the college functions as a residential educational institution.
House fellows associate with a house in a variety of ways, including sharing meals (usually Thursday dinner). As they become more familiar with students in their house, fellows will develop their own ways to be involved.
House fellows and residents decide how much and in what ways fellows will contribute to house life.
Each house's vice president or an appointed house fellow liaison stays in touch with the house fellows.
To learn more about the House Fellows Program, email Dean of Students Julie Ohotnicky or call 413-585-4940.