Academic Counseling

Who should seek academic counseling?

Students who needs help with academic motivation, concentration, difficulty coping with increased course load, increasing academic performance, final exam preparation, goal setting, learning style, memory techniques, positive self- talk, note taking, perfectionism, procrastination, study skills, stress, test anxiety, test taking, and time management.

*Students who are on academic probation are strongly encouraged to attend counseling.

Study Skills

Test Anxiety

Test Taking


Bullying Prevention and Types of Bullying

Cyberbullying includes the use of internet mediums or electronic devices to send negative and damaging information, messages, and pictures.

The Forms of Cyberbullying

  • Using vulgar or explosive language to fight verbally
  • Arguing back and forth through postings or messages online or through texts
  • Make threats to fight, harm, or expose someone online
  • Using videos of person beating someone up and posting online
  • Sending someone constant¬† harassing texts, emails or postings online
  • Gossiping online, blogs, or social networks about a person
  • Pretending to be someone else and sending harmful messages
  • Using a persona to harass others online
  • Posting embarrassing pictures or video of person online
  • Putting someone's personal/private information or secrets on the internet/through technology
  • Sending a personal or private email, text, or picture to other people or posting online
  • Excluding¬† someone from being part of online group or online social networking site
  • Using information posted online to get person in trouble or expose them
  • Going through someone's personal phone, email, or social networking account to expose their information
  • Cyber stalking

How to Respond to Cyber-bullying

  • Do not respond to the bully at all
  • Do not post negative messages back
  • Do not confront the bully about messages wrote online in person
  • Save the message (print and make copies) to show to appropriate authority figures
  • Limit time online or on social networking sites
  • Delete social networking site or log off
  • Block the sender on phone, online or from social networking site
  • Click warning button on instant message or chat screen to alert Internet Service Provider of the harmful material
  • Contact a lawyer to help deal with the situation
  • Report to the police or cybercrime unit if have any threats, forceful behavior, obscene material or sexual exploitation
  • Seek professional support (counseling) if experience behavioral health issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, or suicidal thoughts


Heja, C. "CyberBullying"

Phillips, S. Coping with CyberBullying: "The Use of Technology to Terrify (2011)". PBS: Vulcan Productions

Willard, N. (2007). Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of

Online Social Aggression, Threats, and Distress, Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Web Resources to Prevent Bullying:

Background Checks:

Cyberbullying Research: 


National Bullying Prevention Center:

Prevent Cyberbullying & Internet Harassment:

Stop Bullying.Gov:

If immediate risk of harm or self-harm please call 911.

If any suicidal thoughts or feelings can call National Suicide Prevention

Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Counseling & Wellness Center Contact Info:

Phone - 504-520-7315, 

Email - [email protected], or 

Walk-Ins - Appointments at St. Joseph's Suite 202.

Verbal bullying includes saying or writing mean messages about other people. Verbal Bullying includes:

  • Teasing
  • Name-Calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm

Physical bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions. Physical Bullying includes:


  • Spitting
  • Tripping/Pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone's things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Social bullying is commonly referred to as relational bullying which involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships. Social Bullying includes:

  • Leaving someone out of an activity intentionally
  • Telling other people not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public


Trevor Project for LGBTQIA Youth up to age 24 24 hour Crisis Line 1-866-488-736

Domestic Violence Resources

Standing Against Domestic Violence. We Are All in This Together.

  • Intimate Partner Violence is found in greater numbers among young women age 16 to 24. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001)
  • 32% of college students experience domestic violence. (Youth Violence & Suicide Prevention)
  • 13% of college women were stalked in a 6 to 9 month period (The U.S. Department of Justice, 2000)
  • 52% of sexual assault/rape victims are under the age of 25 (U.S. Department of Justice)

Any threat, intimidation, blame, control, or form of abuse whether verbal, physical, sexual, emotional (verbal), mind games or economic that is committed by a past or present dating partner

Signs I am in an Abusive/Unhealthy Relationship:

Isolated from friends and family
Tells you what to wear
Constantly gives you negative messages
Makes threats to kill you or self
Stalking, constantly harassing
Wants to know your schedule all the time
Texts, call or email obsessively
Makes threats if you leave
Any physical harm
Sexual assault
Prior abuse/criminal history
Constant emotional changes
Anger issues of abuser
Feeling you are not good enough for the person
Fear partner
Will not listen to positive supports
Hiding bruises
Constant conflict
Scared to leave the relationship
Lack of trust/dishonest
No voice in relationship
Pleasing the abuser
No privacy
No longer have interest in previously enjoyable activities
Low self-esteem
Substance Abuse

  • In immediate danger, call 911 to receive emergency help
  • You can file a protective order
  • Call Crescent House (504-866-9554) or Metropolitan Center for Women and Children (504-847-5400)
  • Call campus police if experience situation on/near campus at 504-520-7490
  • Call Counseling & Wellness Center on campus at 504-520-7315 or walk in at St. Joseph's Academic and Health Resource Center 2nd floor Suite 202
  • Form a safety plan with someone you trust whether a family member , friend, mentor, etc
  • Document all abuse, take pictures, change number
  • Make sure in a safe place

Human Trafficking Resources

·  Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Taskforce

·  National Human Trafficking Taskforce (Important Number to Know 1-888-373-7888)

·  Community Agency Provider Eden House

 · PO Box 750386

· New Orleans, LA 70175-0386

· 504-407-0943

· [email protected]

· (Services are Free)

 (Advocacy, Transportation/ Relocation assistance, Medical Services and Referral Services for Female sex trafficking victims. Emergency (24-Hour Services available) Human Trafficking

P.O. Box 56506. New Orleans, LA 70156

(504) 621-5544


Advocacy, information and referrals, group support, children’s program, medical advocacy, legal assistance in obtaining restraining orders

 Advocacy, Mental Health Counseling, and Referral Services for adult and child victims of sex trafficking. Employment Services, Immigration Services, and Legal Aid for adult victims of sex trafficking. Services available in Spanish. Human Trafficking Point of Contact:

(504) 592-4005.

 Services are Free

Advocacy & counseling services to survivors of sexual assault, medical advocacy, individual counseling; case management & community referrals

 (504) 407-0711 Address: 123 N. Genois St. New Orleans, LA 70119

Advocacy, Housing, Mental Health Counseling, Transportation/relocation assistance, and Referral Services for all victims of sex trafficking. Emergency (24-hour) services available. (504) 948-0917

316 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70126

[email protected]; [email protected]

Sexual Assault Resources

Sexual assault ranges from unwanted touching to rape. Sexual assault occurs when a person does not, or is unable to consent to sexual activity. A person is unable to consent when he or she is forced, threatened, intimidated or is mentally or physically incapacitated. Rape is defined as forced sex. Sexual assault is unwanted sexual touching and fondling that stops short of rape or attempted rape.

Date rape, sexual assault, and rape are all pressing matters. Each year, students across college campuses report sexual assaults that occurred on or off campus. The statistics are alarming and many cases go unreported as students do not report sexual assaults to anyone. We want you to get help, know that you can report if yourself or someone else is sexually assaulted, and know that your voice matters. Please review the informational resources and important contact information. Please call the Counseling & Wellness Center on Campus at 504-520-7315, Campus Police at 504-520-7490, and Student Services at 504-520-7359 to report any cases of sexual assault and to inform if any student is an alleged perpetrator as well.

  • In immediate danger, call 911 to receive emergency help of which the police a detective from sex crimes unit will be called out as well to take your report
  • Please go to the (SAFE Center) Emergency Department immediately or within 120 hours from the time of the assault with (SAFE Center) Emergency Department at University Medical Center at 2001 Tulane Avenue New Orleans, LA 70112 or call 504-702-4542
  • Do not wash, shower, eat drink or throw away the clothing during the attack as this will be important for evidence collection.
  • Call campus police if experience situation on/near campus at 504-520-7490
  • Call 24/7 Crisis Line at 504-866-9554
  • Call Counseling & Wellness Center on campus at 504-520-7315 or walk in at St. Joseph’s Academic and Health Resource Center 2nd floor Suite 202
  • Please get help as emotional self-care, medical care, and wellbeing are essential.

Crisis Hotlines

  • Louisiana Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-888-411-1333
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Hotline 1-800-656-4673

Local Centers for Help

  • CARE Center (Children’s Hospital): 504-896-9237
  • Domestic Violence Program (Family Services of Greater New Orleans): 504-822-0800
  • Metropolitan Center for Women and Children: 504-847-5400
  • New Orleans Family Justice Center: 504-592-4005 24 Hour Hotline 504-866-9554
  • (SAFE Center) Emergency Department: (504) 702-4542
  • Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans: 504-903-5009
  • Project Save (Emergency legal Representation domestic violence): 504-310-6872
  • STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response): 504-407-0711
  • Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic: 504-865-5153
  • Victims of Crime (VOCA) (Family Services of Greater New Orleans): 504-826-7336

Website Resources

You can text love is to 22522 to ask questions about relationships.

**Please contact the Xavier University Counseling & Wellness Center at 504-520-7315 for further assistance, counseling, or referrals. We are located at St. Joseph Academic and Health Center on the 2nd floor, Suite 202. Campus Police contact is 504-520-7490.

Sexual Harassment Resources

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The OCR defines harassment as conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a student's ability to participate in or benefit from the educational program, or to create a hostile or abusive educational environment.

It is unlawful to harass a person because of that person's sex. Harassment can include "sexual harassment" or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person's sex.

Suicide Prevention / Crisis Resources

Campus Police: 504-520-7490 (24 hours a day)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-82255 (24 hours a day)

Trevor Project: Call 1-866- 488-7836 (24 hours a day) LGBTQ support

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 (24 hours a day)

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline: 1-800-662-4357

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-900-273-8255 Press 1

Via Link: 211 (24 hours a day) 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Alliance of Mental Illness

National Center for College Students with Disabilities

National Institute of Mental Health

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

The Mighty

To Write Love on Her Arms

Suicide Prevention Resource Center