Student Academic Support Services Changing Name and Hosting Open House June 18


Student Academic Support Services at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18 in Room BB9 of the General Education Building at 8 S. Dunlap to celebrate its name change to Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion (SASSI) along with newly renovated space for new personnel.

Tia Kofahl, assistant director of Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion at UTHSC, said the new name reflects the office’s role on campus.

“SASSI is a unique office that has created and developed initiatives to provide and promote inclusion,” Kofahl said. “These initiatives have directly affected UTHSC student success and retention. The addition of ‘Inclusion’ to the name better reflects the office’s purpose.”

Besides hors d’oeuvres, staff members will provide tours and showcase the array of services they offer to UTHSC students. These include individual counseling related to test anxiety, personal issues, relaxation techniques, biofeedback, stress management and more. Students can meet individually or in a group with an educational specialist to develop personalized learning strategies and discern areas of strengths and weaknesses. All consultations are free of charge and confidential; no information relative to the sessions can be released without the written permission of the student.

Additionally, the office has an extensive library of books, resources and materials available for checkout as well as laptops that are available for students to checkout for the day. The office also has study areas, meeting spaces and a Reserve Room where students may use books without checking them out.

SASSI also provides academic services and accommodations for students with diagnosed disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The ADA defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Students disclosing a diagnosed disability with evidence of a functional limitation that impacts the individual in the academic setting will be provided with reasonable accommodations.

According to Kofahl, “The mission of SASSI is to facilitate UTHSC students in becoming master learners through quality interactions, theory-driven strategies and ongoing experiences.” She added, “SASSI services target accessibility, engagement, learning and connection to promote a diverse and inclusive environment for all students.”

Anyone wishing more information about SASSI and the open house may contact SASSI at (901) 448-5056 or go to