As a student at MSU, you can benefit from the vast amount of campus resources and involvement opportunities. RCPD is here to help you get connected! If you can't find what you're looking for on this page, you can always reach out to your RCPD Ability Access Specialist.
Health & Wellness Resources
Watch this video about MSU's Student Health and Wellness Resources!
Olin Health Center is the primary health care facility for MSU students. Health Services and related support services include primary care, allergy/immunizations, sports medicine, massage therapy, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, and physical therapy.
Students also have the option of receiving primary care services in the Neighborhood clinics located in Brody, Holden, Hubbard and McDonel halls.
CAPS is the place on campus for students seeking help for a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress management, homesickness, adjustment or acculturation, relationships, gender identity and sexual orientation (LGBTQ) concerns, substance abuse, trauma, eating or body image concerns, and other personal mental health concerns.
CAPS Connect is a brief consultation program that is confidential, completely free, and available to all enrolled MSU students. Just drop-in during the scheduled times - no appointment is necessary! CAPS Connect provides a place to talk about concerns. You can have someone listen to you and offer support, or you may prefer to receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources.
As part of Student Health & Wellness Services, we provide services to address the health promotion, education, and prevention needs of MSU students. The Health Promotion Department offers a wide array of educational programs including, Alcohol & Other Drugs Education and Referral, Nutrition Counseling, Sexual Wellness & HIV Education, Counseling & Testing, and SPARTANfit Fitness & Wellness Program.
Housed in the Health Promotion Department, MSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) serves students in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive campus community in which students in recovery from addiction can achieve their academic, personal and professional goals. The CRC and its services are designed to empower students to thrive in the fullness of the college experience, free from alcohol and other drugs.
Online Learning Resources
RCPD is here to support you while we are learning virtually! If you want to work on time management and organization in your online classes or have questions about implementing accommodations, be sure to schedule with your RCPD specialist through their Bookings link on the Team RCPD page.
Here are some additional tips:
- Ensure you have a dedicated workspace in your residence.
- Create a schedule for each day/week. Enter important dates from your syllabi, your lecture days/times, time to work on homework and projects, etc.
- For self-paced/asynchronous classes, be sure to dedicate a specific weekly time to watch lectures (as if they were scheduled!).
- Make sure your accommodations are still implemented! Some accommodations may be irrelevant right now, but there are others that can and should be implemented online. Meet with your professor and/or TA for each class to request your accommodations and make a plan for implementing them.
- Stay in communication with your professors and TAs, RCPD specialist, and academic advisor. Instructors will be holding virtual office hours - be sure to pop in and introduce yourself! You can schedule with your RCPD specialist and academic advisor virtually as well.
Finally, connect with MSU virtual resources!
- Online Engagement Center: your one-stop shop for academic resources, health and wellness, and more!
- Online Learning Resources
- Mental Health
- MSU Keep Learning
- Together We Will, Student and Parent Information
- MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
- Student Information System: for scheduling with your academic advisors, tutors, etc. and finding your student information.
- Financial Aid FAQ
- Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) Academic Success Skills Workshops
Academic Resources - Tutoring, Academic Skills, Advising
One of the great benefits of Michigan State University is the number of resources that are available to students. Make sure to take advantage of all of them while on campus. From getting help in math or chemistry to meeting with a career advisor at the Career Services Network, students can be prepared for success in the classroom and in the future. See this page for academic success skills workshops on campus (study strategies, note-taking, and more)!
Find tutoring support on campus by going to NSSC's Resources for Success page and opening the "Academic" menu at the top of the page. If you need assistance finding tutoring support, reach out to your RCPD Ability Access Specialist.
Each fall and spring, the STATE Program works with partnered colleges at MSU to invite students with learning disabilities who are on academic probation or at risk of falling on probation to participate. STATE provides disability-specific instructional, tutorial, and peer mentoring components as well as strategies for academic success.
Come to the CeLTA space to practice your language skills and meet new people. This is an informal, low-pressure atmosphere where you can speak in the target language, ask questions, and learn more about culture.
Your academic advisor is your resource for figuring out which classes to take, changing majors, learning how to enroll, finding out important add/drop dates for courses, and more. Most majors have multiple academic advisors you can meet with. To schedule, visit your college's advising page or utilize the Student Information System. There are detailed instructions for scheduling an academic advising appointment on the NSSC webpage.
RCPD has partnered with MSU Career Services Network and Michigan Rehabilitation Services to provide educational, internship, and career support to RCPD students! The Collaborative focuses on strengthening leadership and employment skills for students with disabilities. Ask your RCPD Ability Access Specialist how you can get involved!
View the Careers Collaborative brochure to learn more.
The Career Services Network (CSN) is a seamless connection of career service professionals located in college-based and centralized career centers across campus. CSN serves students from freshman year through graduation and beyond. Whether you are interested in selecting the right major, exploring career options, looking for a part-time job or internship, or preparing for an interview, the CSN team is ready to assist.
Residential and Hospitality Services at MSU offers a number of employment opportunities for students currently attending MSU. RHS is campus’ largest student employer. On average, students with part-time jobs also have higher GPAs than non-working students. RHS offers flexible schedules combined with the convenience of working close to school and home and the chance to perform a wide variety of jobs.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
Scholarships & Financial Resources
Getting Involved on Campus
MSU provides many venues for collaboration and community building on disability topics. These groups empower students with disabilities to maximize their Spartan experience, through advocacy, education, and campus life.
MSU offers many student organizations and extracurricular opportunities that cover a wide range of topics and interest areas. More information can be found on the Department of Student Life website.
Scheduling & Enrollment Resources
What resources can I access if I cannot finish my course(s)?
If you cannot complete your semester coursework due to a medical or disability reason, there are a few options available that should be discussed with your RCPD specialist and an academic advisor.
- To drop one or more courses, students should check the course schedule and academic calendar for drop deadlines. It is also imperative to consult the Office of Financial Aid prior to dropping any courses.
- Another option may be to see if you qualify for an incomplete in your course(s). An incomplete could allow you additional time after the semester ends to complete course requirements. Incomplete eligibility is determined by the instructor of the course.
- Requesting a Medical Leave is an additional option available to all students.
Can RCPD assist with a course override?
RCPD does not have the ability to assist with course overrides. Courses have capacity limits for a variety of limits (room fire codes, teaching load per faculty member etc..) and various prerequisites. Students should work directly with their academic advisor and/or department to discuss scheduling options.