Rochester College is committed to helping students succeed in their collegiate careers by supporting the whole student – body, mind, and spirit – within a Christian setting.

As such, Rochester College understands that many students undergo difficult life events amidst academic coursework and responsibilities. Death, sickness, and significant life challenges can present additional challenges and difficulties to students. Rochester College is committed to helping students during these challenging times by providing academic support, counseling, ministry, support groups, and options for potential alternative academic plans so that students may best cope and meet the challenges of life.

Support Groups on Campus

Students looking for support can touch base with any of the following groups on campus:

  • Support Our Students: The Support Our Students (SOS) program provides additional support and connection points to students. A committee of staff and faculty members meet regularly to ensure that students receive additional support and encouragement. Contact the SOS Team at!
  • Campus Ministry: Ministry staff members are happy to sit down and talk with you, pray with you, and provide support and encouragement. Campus Ministry hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the semester. Contact Chris Shields II at or Campus Ministry at to get involved.
  • Psychology & Counseling Center: Professional psychology counseling is available on campus on a no-fee, short-term basis, or with a low-fee for longer-term psychotherapy. All services are confidential. Appointments can be made by contacting Dr. Gordon Mackinnon at (248) 218-2112 or
  • Student Care Team (SCT): The mission of SCT is 1) to provide a systematic and confidential response to students whose behavior is disruptive to themselves or to the environment; 2) to support the success of students; and 3) to assist in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the students and members of the college. The SCT is a multi-disciplined faculty and staff working group whose purpose is to coordinate the resources of the college to address the needs of students who are experiencing difficulties, disruptions, or behavioral disturbances, in order to recommend collaborative and purposeful interventions aimed at helping students achieve success. Further, the objective of the SCT is to establish a process that is designated to be helpful to students, particularly when the rights of others are being affected or an individual’s own growth and development are being endangered. This process is also designed to assist members of the college community with a concern for a student who seems to be experiencing emotional distress, psychological difficulties, or is unable to handle stressful circumstances. Following a referral or information submission, the SCT will evaluate the situation and respond appropriately through a collaborative and authoritative decision-making process.

Student Process for Incompletes, Withdrawals, or Alternative Academic Plans

Connecting with departments on campus is an important step in order for Rochester College to provide you with the best individualized support. If you are looking to pause your academic semester in order to focus on other important aspects of life, it’s imperative that you connect with campus departments to best understand your options (financially and academically):

  1. It’s important that you first check with Student Financial Services (email to see the financial implications of not completing or dropping courses at the current point in the term.
  2. Check with your Professors to see if it’s possible to take an incomplete for your courses. If an incomplete is not an option, talk to your professors and instructors about your current situation and possible support they may be able to provide.
  3. After checking in with Student Financial Services and your current professors, you may be able to take online or accelerated Session B courses to continue being a student, while allowing you greater flexibility. Visit your Academic Advisor or Academic Services/Registrar to see what classes and options will work best for your degree plan.
  4. If you need to continue taking classes this semester, reach out the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) The ACE provides one-on-one tutoring support, online writing support, and online academic resources to help you with your academics.


Community Support

Outside of the immediate Rochester College community, our surrounding community also provides a variety of resources and support groups to help students during difficult times.

Graham Health Center, University Counseling Center


  • The Graham Health Center at Oakland University (provides services to all current OU students and students from neighboring colleges)

Contact Information

Perspectives Counseling Centers


  • Services include individual and group therapy for children, adolescents and adults, marriage and family therapy; Christian counseling; testing and assessment; seminars; the E.D.G.E . program; and more.

Contact Information

  • Three Locations:
    • Troy, MI (248-244-8644)
    • Sterling Heights, MI (586-268-6712)
    • Novi, MI (opening January, 2017)

Costs & Insurance Coverage

  • Most insurance is accepted; office staff of health insurance claims personnel will help to handle and verify your insurance as well as submit claims
  • Does not accept Medicaid; does accept Medicare
  • If insurance coverage is an issues can work with a supervised graduate level intern for as low of a fee as $25 or less
  • Sliding fee scale available as requested

Oakland Hills Counseling, LLC


  • Individual, marriage, and family counseling available

Contact Information

Costs and Insurance Coverage

  • Oakland Hills Counseling is not a contracted “in-network” or “preferred provider” with any insurance agency. Upon request, Oakland Hills Counseling will provide counseling service receipts with all required documentation, which you can submit to your insurance provider. To determine if you have mental health coverage, start by contacting your insurance carrier.

Aspects Counseling


  • Individual, marriage, group, and parents counseling available
  • Rebecca S. Trouse, MA, LPC, NCC (an adjunct faculty member at RC)

Contact Information

Costs and Insurance Coverage

  • Aspects Counseling does not directly bill your insurance company but is able to provide you with a statement to submit, if you so desire. Some individuals may be eligible for reduced rates due to their financial situation

Counseling Center for Women


  • Staff is committed to helping women identify strengths, facilitate personal growth, and ultimately take control over their lives. Even though the Center focuses primarily on issues concerning women, we also work with men, couples, adolescents and children.

Contact Information

  • Address: 71 Walnut, Suite 207, Rochester, MI, 48307
  • Phone Number: (248-650-1136)

Cost and Insurance Information

  • Accepts limited insurance; uses a sliding fee scale; fees are reasonable and will work to accommodate low-income clients

Woodside Bible Church: Grief Support Group


  • Videos, personal workbook, and group meetings/discussions are available for anyone

Contact Information


Online Resources

  • Half of Us: Loss
    • “mtvU and the Jed Foundation launched a campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. “Half of Us” represents the reality that nearly half of all college students have felt so depressed they could not function. Included at Half of Us are school-specific and national resources, an anonymous screening tool for a range of emotional disorders, and opportunities for interactivity and expression.”
    • Half of Us
  • Resources & Websites provided on Graham Health Center’s “Grief & Loss” Section:
    • – provides religion-based support to people of many faiths
    • – information and online support groups for people coping with grief and loss
    • – an American Association of Retired Persons site
    • – sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
    • – provides education and resources for the bereaved.
    • – provides information on helping deal with a death, divorce, or other major losses.

Pornography Addiction Support

Sexual addiction is a real struggle, but there are resources and ministries available for support, healing, and treatment:

  • RC Campus Support: Talk to our Campus Ministry, or Counseling Clinic, about individual counseling opportunities available to you. We want to support you!
  • Pure Desires Ministry: Pure Desire Ministries International provides a task-centered treatment model for singles and married couples, delivered within the framework of sound biblical principles. Let us help you find freedom from shame and isolation. There is hope!
  • The Freedom Fight: This site provides effective, affordable and Biblically based recovery options in the form of videos and tutorials. The first 3 videos are free, and the others come with small, affordable costs.
  • Beggar’s Daughter: This site provides resources and support for women struggling with porn, sex, singleness, sexual exploitation, and provides tools and grace.
  • Other Tools: Use filtering Google Safe Search, Covenant Eyes, or Safe Eyes; find an accountability partner or mentor; learn to say “I’m feeling spiritually weak, can we hang out?” to those who you can use for support when you are struggling; seek counseling and therapy; purchase a “dumb-phone” that limits your access to content.