Student Assistance & Support Services (SASS)

SASS team member speaking with a student

The Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS) team coordinates referrals and services for students to campus and community resources to promote well-being.  The SASS unit’s goal is to remove obstacles by creating a well-coordinated network of services that allow students to close the gap on any potential barriers to academic, co-curricular and social well-being.

Students can experience common stressors such as: medical, mental health, personal or family crisis, illness, or injury. These life events can interfere with a student’s ability to be successful at Northwestern.

Every student's situation is unique, so it can be difficult to determine how serious a situation might be and which referrals might be helpful. When a challenging situation arises, a student or family may find it difficult to navigate the many resources and services that are available at NU. Meeting with a SASS team member is often a good starting place. SASS members are available to consult with students, faculty, staff, families and community members/providers to determine the best approach to the student's current situation.

As a department within the Division of Student Affairs, there is frequent collaboration and partnership with all areas of student life.

Learning Outcomes for SASS

Students who engage in programs, activities, and services provided by Student Assistance and Support Services will [or will be able to] . . .

  • Describe how well-being and health are central to their success (academic, residential, co-curricular, social) at Northwestern. (Personal Development)
  • Reflect on their personal behavior and how it impacts themselves and the community and create a plan with specific behavioral and treatment goals designed to create positive change. (Personal Development)
  • Employ strategic help seeking behaviors and positive coping skills that promote self-advocacy and self-efficacy. (Cognitive and Practical Skills)