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Student Affairs

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (CUNY SLU) offers a comprehensive array of services to assist students to achieve their academic goals. From writing assistance, advisement, career services, veteran services, accessibility services, and counseling, the Student Services Division is here to work with students to meet their needs.

If you need to contact the Office of Student Services, please send an email to:

New Student Orientation

Each fall and spring semester, the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies has orientation for our new students to introduce them to the school, our programs, services, policies, and procedures, all to help students in their path to success. This opportunity also gives students a chance to meet their peers, faculty, advisors, and other important support staff. Knowing what to expect from this new challenge not only helps alleviate stress, it creates a positive learning space and a chance to start building student community.

 If you want to know more about new student orientation, please email: or call 646-313-8321.

Academic Advising

Academic advisement is an integral part of student success at the School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU). The advisement relationship serves as a space for students to identify their academic, professional and activist goals, and connect them to strategic program points, such as research, internship, fieldwork, organizing and leadership courses. Advisors serve as a resource for support in navigating the degree and certificate programs, and a wide range of academic and professional opportunities. Students can also work with their advisors in assessing their developing skillsets, and draw on related student support through the writing center, career services and counseling.

The guiding principles of Academic Advisement at SLU are the following:

· Facilitate student development through academic plans created in collaboration with the student, advisor, and faculty.

· Support a student-centered process that takes into account different levels of the student’s prior experience to support achievement of educational and personal goals.

· Foster smooth transitions by creating academic support initiatives that are continuously adjusted to fulfill different needs as students successfully navigate degree completion, as well as fulfilling their personal and professional goals. Events like New Student orientation, Student Forum, as well as customized advising sessions, and referrals to program support services help students navigate our educational institution.

If you have any questions, please email

Accessibility/Disability Services

The mission of the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Disability and Accessibility services is to ensure a comprehensively accessible college experience for all students with disabilities.  Through assistance from the Graduate Center, CUNY we provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations and support services to students with disabilities, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and strive to increase the level of disability awareness among all members of the CUNY SLU community. Early planning is really helpful for many of the resources and accommodations provided. Read about SLU Facilities Accessibility.

To contact accessibility/disability services, please email: or call 646 313 8321

Counseling and Wellness

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies offers counseling and wellness services to provide a safe space for students to talk about personal issues or challenges that prevent personal and academic growth. Counseling Services provides individual counseling, crisis intervention, and referral to the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies student body. To contact counseling services, please send an email to

Career Services

The Career & Professional Development Office at SLU supports undergraduate, graduate, non-degree students, as well as alumni with all aspects of career exploration, job searching, as well as identifying and securing internship opportunities.

Students can select from a range of events and offerings including 1:1 meetings with a Career Counselor, Employer Events & Job Fairs, as well as career workshops and programming. 

 SLU Career Services has transitioned to using Handshake, a student facing platform to streamline Career Services that are available to students and centralize the way SLU students access and apply to career and internship opportunities.

SLU students & alumni can use this platform to:

·   Discover new career paths

·   Search & apply to amazing jobs and internships exclusive to SLU Students and Alumni

·   Schedule 1:1 appointments with Career Services staff

 To contact Career Services, please email 

Voter Registration

CUNY Votes is a comprehensive, non-partisan initiative whose mission is to promote student voter registration, voter participation and voter awareness through campus-based activities, external partnerships and University-wide campaigns. Students can now register to vote online through the DMV with a State issued ID and apply for an absentee ballot online. Voter registration information and application forms are also available at the website for the State Board of Elections of the State of New York. SLU has a designated Voter Registration Coordinator who can assist students with registering to vote, and questions about events or activities for voter registration and to get out the vote. If you need information about registering to vote, contact the Office of Student Services at

 Voter Registration & Accessibility/Disability Services

Under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, in connection with the provision of student disability services by the Student Services office, the office of disability services, is an agency-based voter registration site where voter registration application forms and information are available, and where students will be offered the opportunity to register to vote. If you would like more information on voter registration application forms or voter registration assistance of any kind, please call at (646) 313-8321 or email at

Veteran Services

Advisement for veterans is handled through the Office of the Enrollment Services and Registrar. Veterans and active duty military personnel are encouraged to contact Veteran Services Coordinator, Padraig O’Donoghue at or 646-313-8321

The CUNY Office of Veterans Affairs is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and to developing a channel of communication among veteran and reservist students, and with faculty, staff and administration. The City University of New York welcomes and supports veterans and reservists on its campuses and recognizes the contribution that they make as citizens and students. CUNY is proud of the level of diversity and academic excellence that veterans and reservists bring to our campuses.

The Veterans Affairs section of is a virtual one-stop source of information regarding services for veterans, reservists and their dependents and survivors. It is a guide to educational benefits, entitlements, counseling and advocacy resources, which will assist veterans in pursuing their academic and civilian careers. Download CUNY’s comprehensive brochure for veterans.

Students in the Military

For students called up to the reserves or drafted before the end of the semester:

  • Grades. In order to obtain a grade, a student must attend 13 weeks (five weeks for summer session).

  • Refunds. A student called up to the reserves or drafted who does not attend for a sufficient time to qualify for a grade is entitled to a 100% refund of tuition and all other fees except application fees.

For students who volunteer (enlist) for the military before the end of the semester:

  • Grades. In order to obtain a grade, a student must attend 13 weeks (five weeks for summer session).

  • Refunds. The amount of the refund depends upon whether the withdrawal is before the 5th week of classes. If the student withdraws before beginning of the fifth calendar week (or third calendar week for a summer session), he or she is entitled to 100% refund of tuition and all other fees except application fees. If the student withdraws thereafter, he or she is entitled to a 50% refund.

Other provisions for military service:

  • Resident Tuition Rates. These lower rates are applicable to all members of the armed services, their spouses and their dependent children, on full-time active duty and stationed in the State of New York.

  • Re-enrollment of Veterans. Veterans who are returning students are given preferred treatment in the following ways:

    • Veterans who were former students with unsatisfactory scholastic records may be readmitted with a probationary program.

    • Veterans, upon their return, may register even after normal registration periods, without late fees.

    • Granting of college credit for military service and armed forces instructional courses.

    • Veterans returning too late to register may audit classes without charge.

    • Late Admissions. Veterans with no previous college experience are permitted to file applications up to the date of registration, and are allowed to begin classes pending completion of their application and provision of supporting documents.

    • Readmission Fee. Upon return from military service, a student will not be charged a readmission fee to register at the same college.

    • Veterans Tuition Deferrals. Veterans are entitled to defer the payment of tuition pending receipt of veterans’ benefits.

New York National Guard Tuition Waivers. Active members of the New York National Guard, who are legal residents of New York State and who do not have a baccalaureate degree, are eligible for a tuition waiver for undergraduate study.