Depending on your role, you could be the first one to identify that a student is in need of help and to provide them with resources that will benefit them during a challenging time. Many students come to the attention of faculty or staff through journal entries, papers, or a shift in behaviors. Being aware of distress signals, methods of intervention, and support resources will allow you to provide assistance for the student. If a concern for a student arises, we recommend that you:
- Contact the student directly
- Speak to the student privately, and in person, if possible
- Contact the student by email or phone and schedule a time to meet with them, if you are unable to speak with them privately or in person
- Based on your conversation, refer the student to the appropriate campus resources, such as:
- The Dean of Students Office
- University Housing and Residential Life
- Tuttleman Counseling Services
- Disability Resources and Services
- Academic Advisor, and/or
Key Questions Which May Help You Identify a Distressed Student:
- Has the student's personality changed?
- Is the student experencing basic needs insecuirty (food or housing)?
- Has the student's behavior changed?
- What kind of support network does the student have?
- Is the student doing anything about his/her situation?
Please know that the CARE Team is here to help! When a student's needs are more than you feel prepared to assist with, a referral to the CARE Team is the next step. No concern is too small to be referred.