Between school, work, family and social obligations, college students often face a significant amount of pressure, both in and out of the classroom.
Brookdale offers a wide range of services and support to help students navigate challenges and manage these responsibilities safely and successfully.Faculty members can play an important role by listening to students’ concerns, being aware of potential warning signs, and directing students to appropriate resources.
This Guide is designed to give you links to the information you might need to assist students.
If you encounter a student who is in need of assistance, or who may be at risk at home, at work, or on campus, consider reaching out through one of the following resources.
Call Campus Police or your Brookdale Center’s security desk immediately to address any emergency situation, such as the following:
- Physical violence
- Verbally or physically threatening behavior
- Criminal behavior (e.g., possession of weapons, vandalism)
- Medical emergency
Brookdale Police can be reached at 732-224-2222.
Regional location security desks can be reach at:
Long Branch 732-229-8440
Reporting An Incident or Emergency
When reporting any emergency situation, a crime, or suspicious activity, please follow these steps:
- Give your name and address
- Report why you are calling
- Request medical assistance, if needed
- Give as many details as possible
- Description of activity being observed
- Description of person(s) involved
- Location the person was last seen or their direction of travel
- Description of any motor vehicle involved
- Presence of any weapons
Stay on the phone until released by the officer receiving your call. Remember, stay calm and speak slowly. If possible, obtain the names and addresses of any witnesses.
All reports of crime will be fully recorded, investigated, and reported in accordance with the laws and regulations of the State of New Jersey and in accordance with the definitions used in the Uniform Crime Reporting System of the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Crime reports will be made available through all staff and student publications, as well as broadcast voice and e-mails and radio station announcements, where applicable.
Call the Counseling Crisis Hotline at 732-224-5555 immediately if a student experiences a crisis or exhibits concerning behaviors such as:
- Thoughts of suicide or homicide
- Changes in hygiene
- Disclosing of personal information/reaching out for help
- Bizarre or disturbing behaviors
Student Conduct Code
Brookdale’s Office of Student Conduct and Compliance encourages students to be respectful and responsible members of the College community, and sets clear guidelines for conduct on campus, at Brookdale events, and when representing the College.
To report concerning behavior in a student, or violations of the Student Conduct Code, visit the link above or call the Manager of Student Conduct and Compliance at 732-224-2096.
Reports of behaviors that are determined to violate the Student Conduct Code will initiate the Student Conduct Hearing Process. In addition, reports of concerning behaviors and violations of the Conduct Code are reviewed by Brookdale’s Behavioral Review Team (BRT).
The BRT utilizes a proactive, collaborative, coordinated, objective, and thoughtful approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations before they have become severe and potentially dangerous. The BRT coordinates response services when reports of potentially disruptive or violent behavior are received, offers strategies and recommendations to members of the College community, and initiates actions and interventions through the appropriate crisis response authorities.
If a student needs help adjusting to college, selecting a major or career path, transferring to a four-year school or any other type of academic issue, Brookdale counselors are here to help: they can also provide personal counseling in dealing with relationship problems, substance use issues, family difficulties, and life crises.
In addition, counselors collaborate with instructional faculty to deliver workshops in areas like managing test anxiety, time management, goal setting, and developing leadership characteristics.
Brookdale’s professionally-trained counselors are equipped to handle a wide range of issues, and can help students explore various coping strategies within a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space. Counselors can also refer students to resources in the community for ongoing support.
If a student is having thoughts of suicide, self-harming, or harming others, call 911 immediately.
NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE 1-800-273-TALK
Counselors are available at the Lincroft campus, Mondays-Thursdays, from 9 AM-7 PM and Fridays from 9 AM-5 PM. They are located in the CAR building on the 2nd floor. Students seeking counseling can go to the CAR building (Park in Lot 5), or make an appointment by calling 732-224-2555. Visit Counseling online.
From Brookdale locations at Hazlet, Freehold, Wall, Neptune, and Long Branch, counselors can be reached by contacting campus security. From off-campus, counseling can be reached by calling 732-224-2555.
The Disability Services Office ensures that no qualified student with a disability is excluded from any Brookdale services, programs, and activities. The office offers individualized and reasonable accommodations and/or services to qualified persons, to ensure complete access and full participation in the educational process.
The Disability Services office is on the Lincroft campus in the Main Academic Complex, MAC 111. Contact Ernest Oversen, Director, at 732-224-2729 or email email@example.com
Displaced Homemaker Services
Women in unsustainable marriages, or those who are facing a loss of income and must become the head of the household due to separation, divorce, widowhood, spousal disability, or spousal military deployment, can receive support through Displaced Homemaker Services (DHS). DHS offers free, confidential services, counseling and emotional support, including peer group meetings, career development, job search services and computer training. DHS services are provided in Lincroft, Long Branch, Hazlet and Freehold. Contact program administrator Laurie Salka at 732-739-6020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Assault, Abuse and Harassment Resources
The Stay Safe website offers a comprehensive list of information, warning signs, safety tips, important contact numbers and other resources for victims and witnesses of sexual violence, assault or harassment. You can also learn how to report a crime and access a wide range of off-campus resources.
LGBTQ Ally Program
Since 2009, more than 50 Brookdale community members have participated in training and have signed up to be “Brookdale Allies.” These allies have committed to serving as resources and providing support for students, staff, and faculty. While Allies are specifically focused on LGBTQ concerns, they are committed to maintaining Brookdale as a welcoming place and ensuring the dignity of all community members, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or identity, class, religion, age, or ability. Find an ALLY at Brookdale
Veterans Resources and Counseling
Brookdale’s dedicated Veterans Center, located in MAC 112 in Lincroft, is staffed during regular business hours, Monday-Friday. Students can meet and talk with fellow veterans in a relaxed setting, or schedule appointments to learn about the Center’s comprehensive array of assistance services. These include: review and authorization of GI Bill benefits and VA services; degree and career planning; and comprehensive counseling, interventions and workshops offered by licensed mental health professionals and combat veterans.
Please contact the Veterans Center at 732-224-2095
Center staff can also connect students with local, state and federal veterans programs. The Veterans Services webpage also includes contact information for many of these programs and organizations, including:
- Wounded Warriors Project
- National Center for PTSD
- PTSD Guide for Military Personnel
- PTSD Help for Families of Military Personnel
- Department of Veterans Affairs-Career Search
- NJ Department of Labor, Veterans Services