Graduate Student Union

Affiliate: Service Employees International Union, Local 500

Since 2018, graduate student workers at American University have been unionized and work often to reach agreement with the university regarding pay or working conditions. Information about the union and the agreement can be found on the link above.

Campus Fitness Centers

Jacobs Fitness Center | 202-885-6267 | Check Website for Hours

Reeves Aquatic Center | 202-885-6267 | Check Website for Hours

Cassell Fitness Center | 202-885-6655 | Check Website for Hours


Keep fit during your time at AU by using the fitness and aquatic centers in Bender Arena and the fitness center located in Cassell Residence Hall. Hours for all three facilities can vary by semester, season, and week. Access to the pool is restricted when the swim team is practicing or having a meet. You must register at Jacobs Fitness Center with your AU ID in order to use these facilities.

Graduate Research Center (GRC)

Bender Library, Lower Level OR SIS, B52-A | 202-885-3232 | Graduate Access is 24/7

You AU ID gives you access to the GRC which contains collaborative workrooms, day-use lockers, a computer lab, and other useful services for graduate students. After 6pm, the space is only open to graduate students. The GRC closes in conjunction with Bender Library.

Media Services

Bender Library, Lower Level | 202-885-3250 | M-Th 8am-11pm / F 8am-9pm / Sat. 9am-9pm / Sun. 10am-11pm | Email:

Media Services houses a large collection of DVDs, videos and visual media, sound effects, and filmographics. Regarding DVDs, some are on reserve for courses, and others are available for home viewing. If a professor is showing a DVD, you may need to pick it up from this location.

Kay Spiritual Life Center

Lower Level Offices | 202-885-3320 |School Year Hours: M-F 9am-9pm / Summer Hours: M-F 9am-5pm | Email:

During the school year: Monday-Friday 9 AM to 9 PM Summer: Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM

This is the center for religious and spiritual life on campus. Multiple religious groups use the chapel as a place to pray and hold services. Chaplain offices are located in the lower level.

Academic Support & Access Center (ASAC)

Mary Graydon Center, Room 243 | 202-885-3360 | Hours: M-Th 9am-7pm / F 9am-5pm | Email:

This is the office that assists with accommodations for students with a learning or physical disability. They also offer guidance on study skills. If you are a Teaching Assistant and have general questions about students with a learning or physical disability, you are encouraged to reach out. ASAC offers workshops on topics of interest to all students such as time management, note taking, critical thinking, memory skills, and test taking. Additional support includes free private and group tutoring in many subjects, supplemental instruction, the Math Lab, and the Writing Lab.

Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI)

Mary Graydon Center, Rooms 201-202 | 202-885-3651| Hours: M-F 9am-5pm | Email:

This offices specializing in helping LGBTQ, multicultural, first generation college or graduate students and women thrive on campus. They offer workshops and intergroup dialogues focusing on sensitive issues relating to identity.

Counseling Center

Mary Graydon Center, Room 214 | 202-885-3500 | Hours: M,Th 9am-6pm / T,W,F 9am-5pm

Summer Hours: M-F 9am-5pm / Closed Weekends

This is the office on campus dedicated to students’ mental health needs. They offer a wide range of services. If this office cannot meet your needs directly, the staff will refer you to the right individual or service. Make an appointment in person or by telephone, or visit the Counseling Center page on the AU website for additional information.

OASIS: The Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence Hughes Hall, Room 105 | 202-885-7070 | Email:

This office provides free and confidential advocacy services for anyone in the campus community who experiences sexual assault, dating or domestic violence or stalking.

The Writing Center

Bender Library, 1st Floor | 202-885-2991| Hours: M-Th 11am-9pm / F 11am-6pm | Email:

Located on the first floor of Bender Library, the Writing Center offers free, individual coaching sessions to all AU students. In your 45-minute session, a student writing consultant can help you address your assignments, understand the conventions of academic writing, and learn how to revise and edit your own work. Call to arrange a session. Meanwhile find handouts, information, and a weekly writer’s blog at the Writing Center website and on Facebook.

International Student & Scholar Services

410 Butler Pavilion | (202)-885-3350 | Hours: M-F 9am-5pm | Email:

This office has resources to support academic success and participation in campus life including academic counseling, support for second language learners, response to questions about visas, immigration status and employment and intercultural programs, clubs and other campus resources.