Student and Academic Life

Student Resources Available During Winter Intersession

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2020) — As we end the Fall 2020 semester, many University of Kentucky students will return home for a few weeks and others will begin taking classes during the 2020 Winter Intersession. Regardless of whether students are away from campus or still in Lexington, the university is still here to support them.

Students, here is a list of resources available over winter break whether you are enrolled in a winter intersession course or taking a break.

Physical and Mental Wellness

  • Campus Recreation and Wellness- The goal of Campus Recreation and Wellness is to provide quality recreation and wellness programs and services for the campus community that support student success and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • SleepWell- Refresh aims to provide students with the skills, strategies and support to achieve more restful nights. 
  • Wellness Coaching- The Student Wellness Center's certified wellness coaches are professional health educators who will help you set priorities and identify specific changes you want to make to improve your well-being.
  • Virtual Wellness Hut-  The virtual wellness hut is a web page featuring a topic of the week, strategies and resources listed about the topic along with a brief video of a student wellness ambassador expanding on the topic. Also, each week there is a live zoom where students can interact with student wellness ambassadors to discuss tips and tricks to better their well-being specifically aligning with that topic of the week.

Emotional Wellness

  • Student Counseling Center- The UKCC will be open during Winter Intersession. View the hours at the link.
  • University Health Service- Whether you need continued care for an existing psychological condition, additional support or guidance with new or unexpected psychological concerns, or have an acute need for psychiatric care, UHS can help.
  • Koru Mindfulness and Meditation- Koru Mindfulness is an evidence-based program specifically designed with college students in mind to help in the reduction of stress and anxiety while also increasing one's sleep and self-compassion. They have a list of classes available during Winter Intersession.
  • Collegiate Recovery Community-  The CRC’s mission is to provide quality recreation and wellness programs and services for the campus community that support student success and promote healthy lifestyles. They have a full listing of online meetings and resources to help keep you healthy and engaged.

Academic Wellness

  • Free Tutoring and Coaching- Academic support services including tutoring, supplemental instruction and academic coaching will still be available for students to access remotely and in-person.  
  • Library Resources- UK Libraries' campus locations will be open for the Winter Intersession.
  • Registrar’s Office- The Registrar's office supports the instructional mission of UK, and this is where you can find the course catalog, academic calendar, as well as tuition and fees.

Financial Wellness

  • Student Financial Aid- The Office of Student Financial Aid provides financial aid to students who would be unable to attend the university without such assistance via a variety of financial aid programs that support the needs of students, their families and other constituents.
  • Student Account Services- Student Account Services acts as a billing agent for the University of Kentucky.  The staff can provide financial assistance regarding your tuition, loans and tax credit information.  
  • Student emergency fund- The Student Emergency Fund is available for students who are experiencing some unexpected financial need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Short-term loans- Short-term loans are available from the Student Financial Aid Office.  Contact your financial aid counselor to discuss eligibility.

Technical Support

If you have any technical needs associated with your academic work, you can access assistance here.

Community and Engagement Resources

  • Office of LGBTQ* Resources- Stay up to date with the UK Office of LGBTQ* by joining their Discord server.
  • Disability Resource Center- The University of Kentucky Disability Resource Center partners with qualified students with disabilities to assist them in gaining equal access to institutional programs and services consistent with their unique needs. The center will be open throughout the Winter Intersession, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closing on 12/21 and reopening 1/4.
  • Martin Luther King Center- The Martin Luther King Center seeks to empower University of Kentucky students from all communities to improve their college experience by increasing access to academic, civic leadership and cultural exchange opportunities. The office is still physically open Monday- Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. until Dec. 18 in case students are looking for a safe, socially distant space. In addition, they will be hosting a few program opportunities.
  • International Center- The UK International Center (UKIC) leads internationalization efforts at the University of Kentucky.​

For any additional resources or for more information and support contact

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