RCAH Spaces for Support and for Being in Community

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Help and Resources after the Events of February 13

The RCAH and MSU community continues to process the events of February 13, 2023, and the emotional aftermath of our collective trauma. As we take the first steps toward healing, we encourage members of the community to avail themselves of the many supports and services that are in place to help students, faculty, staff, and the entire MSU community deal with these horrific events.


On This Page

  1. Messages

  2. RCAH-Specific Support and Services

  3. Classes

  4. Campus-Wide Support and Services

  5. Food, Dining, and On-Campus Living

  6. Non-MSU Resources 

  7. Faculty and Staff Resources


RCAH-Specific Support and Services

  • Talk Support: RCAH Faculty and Staff are in Snyder-Phillips Hall will be available to talk with and support students. During this current week (the week of February 13), we are offering the following spaces for being in community and for support:
    • Every day this week, From 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., RCAH Student Center: Faculty and staff will be available through the week; please just drop in at a time that works for you.

    • Thursday, 3:30 - 5 p.m, February 16: Associate Dean Terese Monberg and Professor Laura MacDonald will hold a Virtual Listening and Support Space on Zoom:
  • Animal therapy: Each day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or later, RCAH Main Office: Penny Lane will be available for those who might need some unconditional pet visit time.
  • RCAH Community Gathering Friday, February 17, 2023 1-3 p.m. at the RCAH Student Center.

    For RCAH students, faculty, and staff wanting to be with the RCAH community at this time, please join us for an afternoon of connection, sharing and conversation with refreshments and snacks.

    In-person and via Zoom:


    Passcode will be emailed.

  • Quiet space: The Serenity Room in the RCAH Student Center (C220E/D) is also available throughout the week for any students looking for a quiet space.



Classes: As you may already know, all classes (in all modes: in-person, hybrid, and asynchronous ) have been suspended until 8 a.m., Monday, February 20. Faculty have been asked to modify and adjust assignment due dates and test schedules in support of students’ well-being and allow us all time to process yesterday’s events. 


Campus-Wide Support and Services

In addition to the RCAH support spaces listed above, the University is also making a number of resources available to support students' emotional and mental health and to help us all process this tragedy.

For the most up-to-date information, see MSU's Campus Safety Information page. Please take care of yourself and others as you’re able and please do not hesitate to ask for support. We in RCAH are here for you this week and will be here for you in the weeks ahead as well.

  • Crisis counseling is currently available at Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing) for MSU students, staff, faculty and their families.
    • Please check in at the front door to be directed to trained crisis counselors.

    • Water, facial tissues, face masks and hand sanitizers will be available. 

    • Crisis Support and Updates: https://caps.msu.edu/emergency/feb2023crisisresponse/

    • A small CATA bus with a sign “SHUTTLE” is transporting community members from the Shaw Ramp (MSU/CATA Transportation Center on campus) to the Hannah Community Center, and back.

  • Neighborhood Crisis Counceling: In addition, crisis counselors are are available to all MSU students in East Neighborhood. They will be available noon-9pm in Akers Hall room 137 or virtually via https://msu.zoom.us/j/91429974640; Meeting ID: 914 2997 4640; Passcode:
  • Virtual Listening Spaces will be available separately for MSU students, faculty and staff to process the tragedy with others later this week. More information will be shared here as soon as it is available.
  • CAPS Counseling: CAPS will provide virtual appointments for those with pre-scheduled appointments.
  • 24/7 virtual crisis counseling is available. Students can call CAPS at (517) 355-8270 and press “1” at the prompt to speak with a crisis counselor any time.
  • Student Health Services appointments at Olin Health Center will be canceled for Tuesday, February 14 and Wednesday, February 15. 

Food, Dining, and On-Campus Living


Non-MSU Resources

  • Community Mental Health at 517-346-8460  

  • Disaster Distress Helpline available 24/7 at 800-985-5990

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available 24/7 at 800-273-8255

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) warmline – operates 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-733-775

    • Intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, and trauma


Faculty and Staff Resources