2017-2018 Faculty Handbook

Resources to Students

Student Assistance Program

The CF Student Assistance Program is a confidential resource for assisting students who may have personal problems which could affect their school, work, or home lives. SAP provides early intervention and professional assessment and counseling to best meet the needs of the student. Services are free to all active CF students.

The SAP is managed by Bay Care Life Management, a health management organization located in Clearwater. A student can call the toll free number, 1-800-878-5470 (24 hours per day, seven day per week) for assistance. Once the student makes the telephone call, he/she will be given telephone numbers of several private licensed therapists, counselors, or clinical psychologists in his/her respective community that he/she may call and arrange for an appointment. Professional help is available to the student that can address a broad spectrum of issues — behavioral, emotional, substance abuse, relationships, and other problems. Monitoring and follow-up services are included.

Disability and Counseling Services

Disability and Counseling Services offers a wide range of services and resources for students. They provide career counseling, academic advising as it relates to the student’s disability, and they connect students to programs and community resources. These services aim to help students overcome obstacles, build confidence, self-advocate, and attain success. They help students engage in courses, programs, services, and activities at CF.

Disability Services

CF is committed to providing equal educational opportunities and full participation in all college activities, programs, and services for students. The college fully supports and ensures compliance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other pertinent federal, state, and local disability anti-discrimination laws. Our services include, but are not limited to: appropriate classroom and testing accommodations, sign language interpreters, adapted computer access, and cultural programming.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services. Accommodations are custom designed to meet the needs of the student. These needs may relate to physical access, auxiliary learning aid, or programmatic and classroom academic adjustments. Auxiliary learning aids may include American Sign Language interpreters, scribes, CCTV, and various adaptive hardware and software including large screen monitors and computers with enlarging software, screen reading software and dictation software. Academic adjustments may consist of testing modifications and/or course substitution.

Counseling Services

Professional counseling services are available for all college students who are experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD), stress, basically all psychological issues that could affect their school, job, relationships, or their home lives. Services are provided by Florida licensed mental health clinicians. This confidential resource is for all college students who want to achieve their endeavors. The Counseling Department is located in building 5, office 205B or office 205F. For more information about Counseling, you may call 352-854-2322 Ext. 1760 or Ext. 1286.

The Counseling Department also refers a weekly support group/club called the Psychological Rehabilitation Education Program (P.R.E.P.) P.R.E.P. meets every Tuesday in building 5, conference room 203 from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Please bring your thought and ideas!

In addition, the Counseling Department has an online mental health screening that is located on the Counseling Services Web Page. The web site is:  http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/centralflorida You may print out your results from the screening and bring them to your primary care physician.

Suicide Prevention

The Campus Suicide Prevention Project is grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This project is responsible for the implementation of a college wide infrastructure that promotes education and awareness while incorporating the philosophy that it is everyone's responsibility to be knowledgeable on suicide awareness. CF students, faculty, staff, and family members will learn the signs and symptoms of suicide through classroom-based instruction, a series of seminars/workshops, and guest speakers. These venues will provide information on available resources and strategies for helping those dealing with a suicidal situation.

For additional information, please contact Thomas Walsh, MA, at Ext. 1652 or walsht@cf.edu.

Overall, the Counseling Department understands the incapacity or inability to copy with the demands of college life or society as a whole. Even the most difficult puzzles have solutions. The Counseling Department wants your education to be a positive journey

Contact Information

The Office of Disability Services is located in the Bryant Student Union, Room 204, on the Ocala Campus. For more information, visit the Disability Services office, email colleliv@cf.edu or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1580. Arrangements can be made to meet with students at any of the college’s locations.

CF Foundation Patriot Emergency Fund

This program was created to help provide the resources and tools students need to stay in college and reach their educational goals when faced with an unforeseen financial emergency. When funds are available, students may be provided financial assistance to get them through their emergency. Furthermore, they are encouraged to seek help and are often directed to additional resources to help them with other life challenges they may face. All recipients are linked to a financial literary resource web portal that is designed to help them build their long-term money management skills.

In order to be eligible for consideration, a student must meet the following conditions:

  • must have completed at least one semester at CF
  • must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • must be taking at least 6 credit hours during the current semester

Students may view further details and restrictions and apply for emergency financial assistance at www.cf.edu/patriotfund or, may visit the dean of Student Services in the Bryant Student Union (Building 5), Room 205, or call ext. 1250 for more information.