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Graduate Research Center

All things GRC and graduate student related.

OASIS: Immediate Care and Crisis Response

About Us:

  • A program to provide free and confidential victim advocacy services for American University students who are impacted by all forms of sexual violence.

What to Do:

  • If you are not in immediate danger, contact someone you trust, such as a friend, family member, or AU staff member. Be aware some staff members, such as resident assistants (RAs), may be required to report information you disclose.
  • Seek medical attention even if you are not seeking evidence collection. It is important to be tested for sexually transmitted infections and to treat possible internal injury.

  • After sexual violence, survivors have choices about how to proceed. There is no ONE right way to heal, recover, or obtain closure. And remember: sexual violence is NEVER the survivor's fault.

  • If you are in danger:
    On campus: call the AU Police emergency line: 202-885-3636.
    Off campus: call 911.

Contact Us:

Health Promotion & Advocacy Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20016


Student Counseling Center

Free Counseling for All AU Students: Get free mental health screenings and services for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, and post traumatic stress disorder. 

About the Counseling Center:

The Counseling Center offers weekday drop-in hours, individual and group counseling, after-hours counseling by phone with a licensed crisis clinician, and assistance in finding off-campus therapy when more extensive or specialized care is needed. 

All of our services are free and confidential, protected by law and ethical standards. Whatever your concerns, a confidential conversation with a Counseling Center clinician is a good place to start.  

Counseling Services:

  • Individual Therapy: We can provide up to 8 sessions of weekly individual therapy per academic year. Students may find that their concerns can be addressed in these sessions, or may need longer term or specialized counseling off campus. 
  • Group Therapy: Group therapy provides a caring context in which you can talk confidentially with other students who share your concerns or experiences under the guidance of a therapist. 
  • After Hours: Students can reach a qualified clinician after hours including nights, weekends, holiday breaks, and during weather closings. Licensed crisis clinicians are on call at 202-885-7979.
  • Referrals: Counseling Center clinicians arrange off campus referrals for psychological evaluations, psychotherapy, specialized treatement, and day treatment programs. 

Service Hours:

  • Monday and Thursday: 9a - 6p
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Frida: 9a - 5p
  • Summer hours: Monday - Friday 9a - 5p
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
  • Virtual Urgent Care: Monday - Friday, 10a - 12p and 1p - 4p

Fitness at AU

Fitness Centers, Aquatic Center, and Intramural Athletics


  • Open to students and faculty: Jacobs Fitness Center, Cassell Fitness Center, and Congressional Fitness Center
  • If you would like to use the fitness center, you will need to fill out a registration form at 
  • The campus fitness trail is a 2 mile trail that takes walkers or joggers through campus. It was created in 2016.
  • The Aquatic Center offers both adult and youth swimming lessons. The Center is free to use for students. 

Group fitness: 

  • Group fitness classes include Zumba, Yoga, Bootcamp, and Spinning
  • Club and Intramural sports: Whether you have a team or are looking to join a team, AU offers a variety of athletic options.
  • Group fitness classes and sports have additional costs, please see the website for more information. 

Personal training services:

  • If you are looking for an individualized fitness experience, AU offers personal training services. Personal training packages start at $80 and a list of all packages can be found on the website.

Contact us:


GSU and GLC: AU's Graduate Student Groups


  • Members of the American University Graduate Student Workers Union are represented by SEIU Local 500. Your contract, exemptions, continuing education benefits, as well as an online application to become a member, are all available here.
  • Become a member! Sign up today and become a member at SEIU Local 500. Your membership gives you a voice in your workplace, a seat at the table in negotiations with your employer as well as many members-only benefits, including discounts on retail, insurance, credit, and financial health programs. Sign up now. View your contract here


  • The GLC is the representative body for the more than 3,800 graduate students at American University (AU). The GLC brings together the leaders of the five graduate student councils at AU to mobilize on issues that are relevant to graduate students specifically and the AU community generally.
  • We, the Graduate Leadership Council at American University, united in the common perpetuation of these purposes, advance our interests, set fourth our duties, and provide for meaningful governance of our institution, do hereby establish the Constitution for the Graduate Leadership Council. The Graduate Leadership Council at American University is a student government association with these purposes: to serve as the primary representative and unified voice of the graduate population to American University’s administration, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and student leaders; to represent the needs of all graduate-level students; and to improve graduate students’ academic, social, and professional experiences.
  • To read the GLC Constitution click here. To see the GLC Membership click here