Student Care

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund was established by a collaboration of RU campus partners to help ensure that RU students have access to support and resources when an unexpected financial crisis occurs. The Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to currently enrolled Rochester University students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected emergency situation. Award amounts will vary depending on the type of emergency, the individual circumstances, and the actual needs of the student affected by the emergency. The goal of this fund is to prevent one small emergency or unexpected expense from derailing a student’s academic journey. The fund is made possible through the collaboration of campus partners committed to helping students in need achieve their goal of graduating from Rochester University. The lists below are not exhaustive and other needs may be eligible to receive emergency funds.

Expenses Generally Covered if_right_arrow_476325_white

Examples of expenses for which emergency funds could be available include (but are not limited to):

  • Personal belongings lost in a natural disaster (fire, flood, tornado, etc)
  • Urgent expense related to off-campus housing
  • Food insecurity;
  • Emergency medical expenses when the student has no ability to pay and the costs cannot be covered by insurance (i.e. co-pays);
  • Emergency temporary lodging for students who find themselves homeless or unsafe in their current dwelling;
  • Travel expenses for a student to return home due to a family death or other emergency.
  • Books (under special circumstances)
  • Childcare
  • At Home Wifi (COVID-19)

Expenses Generally Not Covered if_right_arrow_476325_white

Emergency funds generally do not cover:

  • Routine expenses;
  • Expenses due to lack of financial planning;
  • Outstanding debt (to the university or otherwise);
  • Tuition and other university fees;
  • Legal fees and court costs.

If a student’s request cannot be funded by the Student Emergency Fund, the Director of Student Success and Well-being will work with the student to determine if there are other options available.

Eligibility Verification and Other Resources if_right_arrow_476325_white

To apply for funding, students must complete the Student Emergency Fun application (link). Students seeking financial assistance should be currently enrolled and may be asked to provide supporting documentation of their financial hardship.  Examples of supporting documentation (receipts) include:

  • Travel (i.e. plane ticket, U-Haul rental, train)
  • Technology (i.e. laptop, WiFi card, internet)
  • Medical Expenses (i.e. procedure, medication)
  • Car repairs

Student Emergency Fund Application

Student Care Team

Rochester University has created a multi-disciplinary group of professionals from across campus who are committed to evaluating, assisting and responding to the health and safety needs of students as well as the campus community.

The purpose of the team is to respond to reports about concerning student behavior to ensure the well-being of the student and the RU campus. This includes the gathering and sharing of information in order to devise a coordinated plan for assessment, intervention and care management. For more information, please see the Student Handbook.

Title IX / Sexual Misconduct

Rochester University is committed to providing a safe environment that is free from all forms of sex/gender harassment, discrimination and misconduct, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Such conduct is detrimental to the well-being of our community.

We are committed to providing support, as well as assist in all aspects of reporting and responding to a situation.  Learn how to report incidents and what resources are available for you either by contacting our Title IX Coordinator, Scott Samuels at

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Notice Regarding Title IX Training

Any person involved in an investigation will receive annual training. The following resources have been used for training:

Staff persons involved with Title IX also participated in training with Title IX Coordinator.

Support Our Students (SOS)

Rochester University is committed to helping students succeed in their collegiate journeys by supporting the whole student – body, mind, and spirit – within a Christian setting. We recognize that college brings unique challenges and opportunities for each student. We are here to support you! We have a variety of campus-wide resources that offer support.

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