Spartans Care at USC Upstate

Spartans Care

Spartans Care is a campus-wide initiative that encourages USC Upstate students to support, respect and take responsibility for one another. Spartans Care strives to foster a community where students reach out to students in need and assist in referring them to appropriate resources on campus.

The purpose of this initiative is to:  

  • Share a listing of campus and community resources that supports students in academic and personal matters.
  • Promote participation of students in the lives of their friends who may not know how or feel comfortable seeking assistance from university resources.
  • Assist in connecting students with campus resources.
  • Reach out to students who are either self-identified or identified by others, to provide appropriate referrals.
  • Teach faculty, staff and students about the resources available for our Upstate community.
  • Avoid isolation of students who need assistance.
  • Nurture a community that values and cares about each other.
  • Send a positive message to students about our care and concern for them and their success.

Dear Upstate Students,

The Division of Student Affairs, in collaboration with Academic Affairs, has introduced a new initiative called “Spartans Care.” The purpose of the initiative is to instill the value of a caring community and allow students to assist other students who may be in crisis. We hope to promote that students can effectively help their peers identify resources and offices that can assist them. By eliminating bystander behavior and engaging with others, everyone has the opportunity to support success in our community.

If you know a fellow student who is having a hard time or could pose a danger to him/herself or others, please contact us, submit the online report or refer them to one of our many campus resources. Spartans do care about each other, Let's show our personal support and encouragement.

In Spartan Care,

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Many of you may wonder what this icon is all about and how it affects you. Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the number of students who have been in crisis along with the normal stress of their academic programs. This campaign is a way we hope to assist students who are in need.

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Areas of assistance

Counseling Services
The office of Counseling Services provides free and confidential comprehensive psychological services to full and part-time students. The office also offers support and information in the event of a psychological or emotional crisis.  

Dean of Students
The office of the Dean of Students works with students in personal, family, financial or academic crises to identify resources and options to help through difficult times. If a student may miss class for an extended period of time, the office will help notify and keep faculty informed about the situation.

Disability Services
The office of Disability Services at the University of South Carolina Upstate works to ensure that educational programming and services are accessible to students with disabilities.   

Health Services
The office of Health Services offers health care and education to all enrolled students on an outpatient basis. A nurse practitioner is available on a full-time basis by appointment. Our office offers a variety of informational health care flyers and brochures.   

Spartan Pantry
The mission of the Spartan Pantry is to provide food, nutritional information, and other basic necessitates to University of South Carolina Upstate students in need, as well as educate the campus population on poverty and hunger. 

Student Success Center
Includes Academic Support Services, Advising Services, Career Services and Opportunity Network, and exists to help students succeed in their studies, graduate from USC Upstate in a timely manner and begin a career or enroll in graduate studies. The Student Success Center also houses the USC Upstate Testing Center, tutoring programs, supplemental instruction and the early intervention program.