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Student & Family Support Services

Meditation Room

The Meditation Room, located on the second floor of the School of Law Library – Room 270, is available to provide students with a relaxing spiritual environment. All students, from any cultural background, can use this space for prayer and quiet reflection.

As a courtesy to other students using this peaceful space, please respect these guidelines:

  • Please enter quietly
  • No consumption of food or drink while inside the Meditation Room
  • Electronic devices should be set to off or put on silent
  • Use personal earphones to listen to softly played music
  • Keep any conversation outside the Meditation Room

Medical Care

Comprehensive medical care services are available to you as a student at SIU, including preventive medicine, mental health counseling, physical therapy, eye care, emergency dental care, and a full-service pharmacy, all at the SIU Student Health Center. For emergency and after hour care, check out this resource, and this resource as well.

Stress Management & Well Body Care

Eating smart, getting enough rest and physical exercise, and taking other steps to manage your stress level is important while you are in law school. For assistance with stress management, nutrition, fitness, and other steps that you can take to maintain or develop a healthy lifestyle, visit the SIUC Wellness Center.

Lawyers Assistance Project

Lawyer’s Assistance Project free and confidential services are available to law students:  no issues too big or small, 100% confidential, 100% free, no questions asked. More information 

Disability Support Services

Academic and programmatic support services are available for students with either permanent or temporary disabilities through Disability Support Service. Admitted students with a disability who seek an accommodation from the School of Law should immediately contact DSS. More information here.

Personal Safety

Don’t just be afraid, do something about it. Night Safety Transit is available for students to locations on campus and to and from your home if you live within the service area; Other safety resources are also available here and other personal safety services on campus can be found at the SIU Department of Public Safety website.

Family Services

Child care services  are available in the community for students with children, and additional family support services are available at the SIUC Clinical Center,  Psychological assessments are available: including learning disability and attention deficit disorder, Speech and language assessments (e.g., articulation, phonological development, voice, stuttering, receptive and expressive language, auditory processing, aphasia, cognitive-linguistic, oral-motor, swallowing) Intakes are conducted for all new clients seeking psychological services. Counseling/Treatment Interventions are also available: Speech & Language treatment (e.g., language, speech, sound production, stuttering, speech reading, aphasia rehabilitation, voice and aural rehabilitation), Individual and group counseling (including child, adolescent and adult), Family and couples counseling and Parent training.

Student Legal Assistance

You can get “free” legal assistance with landlord-tenant issues, City of Carbondale traffic tickets and ordinance violations, credit matters, small claims, uncontested divorces without children, adoptions, and certain other matters as an SIU student at the SIU Students’ Legal Assistance Office. As a student you pay a $6 fee each semester that entitles you to these services and there is no additional charge for the legal services provided. Students are required to pay any court related costs though such as those required for filing court documents. For more information on the types of cases the office handles, see their services page.

Issues/Conflicts Involving Southern Illinois University

Issues concerning grades and other matters in the law school are governed by the School of Law Rules and School of Law Honor Code, as well as the SIU Student Conduct Code. The Assistant Dean for Student Services is your contact person in the law school for questions or concerns regarding personal issues or related matters.