From the DGPS Office: Resources available for graduate students during winter recess

Resources for Graduate Students during Winter Recess

Good afternoon,

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will be closed for winter recess beginning at 5 p.m. on Dec. 22 and will reopen on Jan. 5. In addition, the Rice Wellbeing and Counseling Center is closed for appointments beginning Dec. 21 and will reopen on Jan. 5. During this time, you can still call 713-348-3311 and speak with a licensed counselor 24/7 for telephone support and consultation. In emergency situations, call RUPD at 713-348-6000 or 911 if it's an off-campus emergency.

Many grad students experience professional, personal, and financial pressure in any year, and this year is certainly no exception. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of depression here. If you or anyone you know is feeling anxious or just needs to talk, help is available. 1-877-GRAD-HLP (877.472.3457) is a 24/7 national crisis-line staffed by trained counselors who understand your unique pressures and know how to help. Keep this phone number handy and use it anytime. Support is out there. For more information about the crisis line, click here. Other resources that can help are the Houston Crisis Intervention line (832-416-1177); or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).

If at any point during the extended holiday season you plan to travel or otherwise connect in person outside of your normal bubble, please remain diligent in your approach to COVID safety. We must do our part to minimize transmission and protect those most vulnerable to this disease. Please obtain COVID testing from Rice prior to any travel to help protect those you'll interact with beyond the hedges. Please consider getting tested if you have any close contacts over the winter recess. 

UPDATED INFORMATION (12/16/20): For individuals who are working on campus over the break there will be limited testing capacity available. The appointments will open by Friday 12/18 for scheduling.  Testing appointments should be booked by going to: https://coronavirus.rice.edu/schedule-test.

  • Week of 12/21: Though capacity will be limited, testing will be available on Monday and Tuesday (8:00 am-5:00 pm) and through noon on Wednesday (8:00 am until Noon).
  • Week of 12/28: Limited availability Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (8:00 am-5:00 pm) and through noon on Thursday (8:00 am until noon).

Regular testing hours will resume on Jan. 4, Monday through Friday (8:00 am-5:00 pm). Individuals going home for break should plan to test prior to returning to campus.

We apologize that the previously reported testing dates were incorrect.

We wish you a happy, healthy and safe winter recess.


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