Student Life Resources
The UNC Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Curriculum cares about our students. The following links provide important resources and vital policy information. If any student needs assistance or a safe place to find guidance, please feel free to contact our BCB offices. Your information will be treated as confidential.
UNC Graduate School
- Graduate School Handbook (includes requirements for degree programs)
- Graduation deadlines (applying to graduate, submission of thesis or dissertation)
- Thesis and Dissertation Guide
- Funding for current students (including fellowships, travel grants, etc.)
- Graduate and Professional Student Federation Resource Guide (everything from utilities to free stuff at UNC)
- UNC Graduate School C.H.A.R.T. Resources
UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation Resources
BCB provides a one-time travel allowance to each student. Please contact Cara Marlow for details. Additional travel awards include:
Diversity and Inclusiveness
UNC and BCB value diversity in its many forms. Organizations that provide support, services, and fellowship to various groups are listed below.
- UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
- Graduate student affinity groups (Black Graduate and Professional Students Association, Minority Students Caucus, Latin@s Unid@s, and others)
- UNC Accessibility Resources (for students with disabilities and medical conditions)
- Student-Parent Resources (provided by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation).
- UNC LGBTQ Center
- International Student and Scholar Services
Mental Heath Resources
Graduate school is a time of increased stress and pressure that is sustained over a long period of time. Many students find that they need additional support to manage the stress. UNC has resources available to help you manage these stresses.
- Student Wellness Counselor Allison Schad, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, can provide for a wide range of services to BCB students. Email to schedule and appointment. Advisors can also discuss concerns with Allison, who can then reach out to the student (confidentially – discussions with the student will not be disclosed to the advisor or any other faculty member).
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) CAPS offers a variety of services, including walk-in (no appointment) consultation 9-12 and 1-4 weekdays (9:30 on Fridays).
- Group therapy by CAPS
- Anxiety and stress management training
- Stress and anxiety and meditation and mindfulness resources
Harassment and Discrimination Policies
All members of the BCB community are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. No one’s words or actions should make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. The formal policies concerning professional conduct and harassment at UNC Chapel Hill are described in the documents linked below:
- UNC Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Interpersonal Violence and Stalking.
- UNC Policy on Improper Relationships Between Students and Employees
Harassment and Discrimination Reporting Options and Resources
If you’ve experienced interactions at UNC Chapel Hill that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, consider speaking to someone about the incident(s). UNC Chapel Hill has a variety of reporting options available, see the list below for links. Some options allow anonymous reporting in which you don’t need to disclose your own identity. Other options, such as speaking to The Carolina Women’s Center is a good resource for you to ask questions about the different reporting options so you can make an informed choice. Please note that Directors of Graduate Studies and Chairs of departments are classified as “responsible employees” and are required to report incidents to the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office. These reports include the names of individuals involved.
- General information about making a report
- Ombuds Office (confidential)
- SAFEatUNC Reporting (includes anonymous reporting to the University)
- Carolina Women’s Center Gender Violence Services (support and guidance for reporting)
- Dean of Students Reporting for Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Conduct