Transfer Student Support

By Arynn Auzout, MEd

On behalf of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) we welcome you to the University of San Francisco! We understand that being a transfer student can bring about unique issues and concerns, but also valuable experience and perspective. It is our hope that this article can help you navigate your transition and join the USF community.

Students are eligible for a variety of services at CAPS. We offer brief individual and couples therapy to registered students. In therapy you can discuss and explore various concerns about your adjustment/transition, relationships, anxiety, and other concerns. Each semester we offer a number of groups for group therapy, for example in the past we have offered groups about relationship building, LGBTQ identity, anxiety, and other topics. We update our list of group offerings on our website at the beginning of each semester. On our website you can also find information about our services, making an appointment, various resources, and take an anonymous online self-assessment.

Consider the following tips and suggestions below to help your transition to USF.

How do you envision your experience at USF?

When you applied to USF, what did you expect when you arrived? What drew you to USF? Was it the campus, a major/department, campus culture, the city? What are your interests? Think about what you want out of your experience at USF, as it can shape how and where you get connected to the university.

Explore the website

You might have done this when you were considering applying to USF, but revisit https://myusf.usfca.edu/. Explore the various departments, offices, programs, links and videos.

Meet your CASA coach

As a transfer/new student you are assigned an Academic Success Coach through the Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA). Your coach is a valuable resource in assisting you with your academic needs and overall adjustment to the university. You can ask you coach questions about academic forms, credit hours, courses, majors, tutoring, study abroad, and much more.

Get connected on social media

Social media can be a great way to get up to date information about programs and events happening on and near campus. USF and many organizations and programs are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Get involved!

USF has an organization for transfer students, TransferNation that seeks to provide academic and social support. TransferNation hosts many events on and off campus. For more information about TransferNation, please contact Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE) by email at sle@usfca.edu or by phone at 415-422-7256. Identify other organizations and programs that cater to and support your interests and needs while at USF. Consider stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying new activities.

Places to go and things to do on-campus:

  • The University Center is a major hub, housing two cafeterias, the bookstore, Career Services, CASA, Student Leadership and Engagement, the Cultural Centers and much more.
  • The Involvement Fair occurs at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semester and can be a great way to meet other students and learn more about the many student organizations at USF.
  • For more information about other events and programs offered by Student Leadership and Engagement, please visit their website.

Be patient

Understand that the adjustment will take some time. Be patient with yourself and the process. Think about other transitions you have experienced and what you can learn from that transition and apply to this one.

Remember that you are not alone in your transition. You have the support of others and CAPS is an additional support that you are welcome to utilize. Visit us in the lower level of Gillson Hall or give us a call 415-422-6352. Again, Welcome!

 

July 2015

 

Sexual Assault Reporting

Callisto-College Sexual Assault Reporting

CALLISTO is a college sexual assault reporting website specifically designed and available for USF students to connect to resources, learn about reporting options, and to create a secure, private record of what happened to them. 

Emergency

If you are in the midst of an emergency, please call USF Public Safety at 415-422-2911.

Medical Care

If you need immediate medical attention, please visit:
Trauma Recovery Center / Rape Treatment Center(TRC/RTC)
San Francisco General Hospital
2727 Mariposa St., #100
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 437-3011

www.traumarecoverycenter.org

On-Campus Free and Confidential Support:

USF Counseling and Psychological Services(CAPS)
Gilson Hall, Lower Level
(415) 422-6352

University Ministry (ask to speak to a clergy member)
Toler Hall, Lower Level
(415) 422-4463

San Francisco Resources

San Francisco Women Against Rape: (415) 647-7273 or sfwar.org

Community United Against Violence (CUAV) - (415) 333-4357 Serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities

Domestic Violence - Riley's Center Crisis Line - (415) 255-0165 Advocates available for victims of domestic violence

La Casa de las Madres - Adults – (877) 503-1850;
Teens – (877) 923-0700
Counseling, information, resources, and referrals for survivors of domestic violence

Rape Treatment Center - (415) 437-3000
Those who have suffered from trauma, violence, and loss

Suicide Prevention - (415) 781-0500 Helping people who are having suicidal thoughts

WOMAN, Inc. - (415) 864-4722
Serving battered women in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area

24-Hour Crisis Lines

National Domestic Violence Hotline - (800) 799-SAFE
Advocates available for victims of domestic violence

National Sexual Assault Hotline - (800) 656-HOPE
Advocates available for victims of sexual assault

Victim of Crime Resource Center - (800) 842-8467
McGeorge law students provide resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers, and other victim advocates.

Youth Crisis Line - (800) 843-5200
Youth needing assistance or in crisis situations

Digital Abuse

ThatsNotCool.com
www.thatsnotcool.com

Domestic/Dating/Intimate Partner Violence

Abused Women's Services, Marin

(415) 924-6616 (crisis)
(415) 924-3456 (Spanish crisis line)

(415) 457-2464 (main office)

(415) 457-2421 (TTY)
www.maws.org



Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Intimate Partner Violence
www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/intimatepartnerviolence/index.html

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse(CORA), San Mateo
Languages: English and Spanish
(800) 300-1080 or (650) 312-8515 (crisis)

(650) 259-1855 (legal services line for victims only)

(650) 652-0800 (office)

www.corasupport.org



Narika
Languages: South Asian languages
(800) 215-7308 (help-line message machine will return calls in 24 hours)

(510) 444-6068 (office)

www.narika.org



National Institute of Justice: Intimate Partner Violence
www.nij.gov/topics/crime/intimate-partner-violence/


Office for Victims of Crime
Domestic and Family Violence
http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/topic.aspx?topicid=27


A Safe Place, Oakland

(510) 536-7233 (crisis)

(510) 986-8600 (office)

www.asafeplacedvs.org



Shalom Bayit
Counseling for Jewish Women

(866) SHALOM-7 (help-line toll free)

(510) 451-8874 (office)

www.shalom-bayit.org



STAND! against Domestic Violence, Concord

(925) 676-2845 (office)

(888) 215-5555 (crisis)

www.standagainstdv.org



Victim of Crime Resource Center
(800) 842-8467
www.1800victims.org/

Health Services

HealthRight 360
558 Clayton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 746-1950

Lyon Martin Health Services
Provides health care to women, lesbians, and transgender people
1748 Market St, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 565-7667
www.lyon-martin.org 

San Francisco City Clinic
356 7th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 487-5500
www.sfcityclinic.org

San Francisco Free Clinic
4900 California St.
(Cross street 11th Ave.)
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-9894
www.sfccc.org/san-francisco-free-clinic/

Trauma Recovery Center / Rape Treatment Center(TRC/RTC)
San Francisco General Hospital
2727 Mariposa St. #100
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 437-3011

www.traumarecoverycenter.org/


Women's Community Clinic
1833 Fillmore St, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 379-7800
www.womenscommunityclinic.org 

Law Enforcement

San Francisco Police Department
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (415) 553-0123

Note: When calling 911 on a cellular phone near a highway, the call is connected to The California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatch center. In other areas in San Francisco, the call will connect directly to SF dispatch. You can also dial directly to SF dispatch: (415) 553-8090

Legal Help

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic(CROC)

(415) 864-1790 (office)

(415) 252-2844 (intake line)



US Department of Justice, Office of Violence against Women
www.ovw.usdoj.gov/


US Department of Justice, Defending Childhood
www.justice.gov/defendingchildhood/


U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
(regional office)
50 Beale St., Suite 7200

San Francisco, CA 94105

(415) 486-5555
 TDD
(877) 521-2172


U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
(national office)
(800) 872-5327

www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/title-ix-rights-201104.html

Victim Services Division(SF DA’s Office)
850 Bryant St. #320
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 553-9044

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (call for available intake times)

www.sfvictimservices.org/


LGBTQIA

Community United Against Violence(CUAV)
427 South Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 333-4357 (safety line)
(415) 777-5500 (office
)
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

www.cuav.org

Male Survivors

Male Survivor
www.malesurvivor.org


Sexual Assault / Rape

Bay Area Women Against Rape(BAYWAR)
470 27th St.
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 845-7273 (24-hour crisis line)
(510) 430-1298 (office
)
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

www.baywar.org

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault(CALCASA)
1215 K. St., Suite 1850

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 446-2520

www.calcasa.org

Rape Abuse & Incest National Network(RAINN)
(800) 656-HOPE (4673)
www.rainn.org

San Francisco Women Against Rape(SFWAR)
3543 18th St. #7
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 647-7273 (24-hour hotline)
(415) 861-2024 (office)

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

www.sfwar.org

Trauma Recovery Center / Rape Treatment Center(TRC/RTC)
San Francisco General Hospital
2727 Mariposa St., #100
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 437-3011

www.traumarecoverycenter.org

Shelters

Asian Women's Shelter
Languages: multiple Asian languages spoken

(415) 751-0880 (crisis)
(877) 751-0880 (crisis)

(415) 751-7110 (office)

www.sfaws.org



La Casa de las Madres
Languages: Spanish and English

(415) 503-0500 (office)

(877) 503-1850 (crisis)

(877) 923-0700 (teen line)

www.lacasa.org



Riley Center and Emergency Shelter

(415) 255-0165 (crisis)

(415) 552-2943 (office)

www.rileycenter.org



Stalking

Loveisrespect

(866) 331-9474
text "loveis" to 22522

www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/types-of-abuse/what-is-stalking

Stalking Resource Center
www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center

Street Harassment

Cards Against Harassment
www.cardsagainstharassment.com

Hollaback!(San Francisco)
sanfrancisco@ihollaback.org
sanfrancisco.ihollaback.org

Stop Street Harassment(San Francisco)
(571) 449-7326
www.stopstreetharassment.org

Other Support Organizations

A Call To Men
www.acalltomen.org


INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
www.incite-national.org


Men Can Stop Rape
www.mencanstoprape.org


My Strength
www.mystrength.org


Office on Women's Health
www.womenshealth.gov/violence-against-women/types-of-violence/index.html