Student Support


The Graduate Student Ombudsman can help students navigate challenges including policies, resources, resolving conflict, navigating financial challenges, better understanding policies and appeals…really anything that can impact your academic progress. The Ombudsman is available for consultation with graduate students on any issue a student may be facing that they would prefer not to share with their normal advisors. Discussions with the ombudsman are confidential to the extent possible. He can meet with you by phone or video conference during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is eager to help especially in this unprecedented time. Contact Bruce Taylor at

Resources during the Pandemic

The University recently launched, a care portal to help find information about financial resources, academic support, food and housing programs, health and wellness initiatives, career service networks, as well as other support services available during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are eligible, you can apply to get financial assistance: (International students are eligible


(international students are not eligible)

Additional information related to on campus operations is continuously updated at the Emergency Management website. Despite its nondesript name, this site has a wealth of information including policy to return to campus, bus and shuttle schedules, and which buildings and resources are availalbe on campus.

Food Insecurity

The Jamil Niner Student Pantry is located at 1224 John Kirk Drive, Charlotte, NC (704-687-5323). We are next to the Edge Apartments and accessible for students commuting by car or foot. The pantry provides assistance to UNC Charlotte undergraduate AND graduate students that struggle with food insecurity. In 2013 the USDA defined food insecurity as a condition that occurs when people do not have enough resources to feed themselves. We offer a variety of nutritious meals and frequently give demonstrations on what meals can be made with the food in the pantry. Due to COVID19 hours are currently Tuesdays 2:00-5:00pm and Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm preorder only.

International Students

Approximately 2,000 international students come to UNC Charlotte from nearly 100 countries. The International Student and Scholar Office is to provide information, services and programs that help international students and visiting scholars achieve their individual educational and personal goals and that foster an appreciation for a culturally diverse learning environment in the larger University community. Speicifc listing of resources in the community are availalbe.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Engagement

The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion (OADI) is open to all students, and emphasizes academic support to students from the following populations: African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, Native American, Multi-racial, LGBTQ, first generation, students from rural communities and students who have a reported disability. Academic Diversity and Inclusion consists of a variety of distinct programs collaborating to reach a singular objective: to provide academic support services that foster the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students, especially underrepresented students at UNC Charlotte. Services rendered include but are not limited to academic advising, academic issues workshops, peer counseling and tutoring, and personal counseling. Moreover, the office serves as a clearinghouse for information and referrals to other university resources and academic support services.

The Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement was created to educate, develop, and engage students regarding their various intersecting identities (gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, etc). Our mission is to provide students an affirming and equitable environment committed to fostering a campus community that celebrates and supports expansion of identities. Students are encouraged to participate in IEE programming–become a SAFE mentor, a volunteer, an aspiring ally, or learn about ways to interrogate cultural norms and raise consciousness.

Students may also find support and services through the LGBTQ Caucus UNCC ( and Peer Leader-Educators Advocating for Sexuality Education at UNCC (Branden Mabe, President