Support pets have been rising substantially on college campuses throughout the country and at the college since 2012.
Despite an added counselor and phone screening system, an increased number of students at Ithaca College are using counseling services this semester.
In Spring 2015, many students needing services at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services had to wait two to three weeks to see a counselor. A year later, the wait time has diminished, yet students still have concerns in other areas.
The Student Government Association Senate passed four bills at the April 18 meeting, two of which seek to implement “environmental betterment” efforts on campus as part of a larger package of sustainability-related bills.
Wait times at the Ithaca College Center for Counseling and Psychological Services have decreased slightly so far this year, despite a couple of staffing setbacks.
In response to last semester’s campus-wide discussion on CAPS funding, the college will be hiring a staff member for the upcoming school year and instituting a new, telephone-based assessment system.
The Ithaca College administration’s denial of the Faculty Council’s request for a new staff member for the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services has generated disappointment among mental health advocates on campus.
At the Jan. 20 Ithaca College Faculty Council meeting, members spoke about the upcoming budget deficit, a new plan to meet with the Board of Trustees twice a year and the potential for a new CAPS employee.