Info for Faculty and Staff
In emergency situations involving students who
are unwilling or unable to seek help on their own, call Public Safety at
245-1111. There are always professionals on call to assist in the
assessment and management of students who are at risk to harm themselves or
Faculty and staff are often confronted with student health related information, either as a result of the student’s self-disclosure or the faculty or staff member’s concern for student wellbeing. If you are concerned for a student’s wellbeing, we encourage you to reach out and tell someone immediately. There are many people to whom you could reach out and the following document may be of some assistance in helping you decide whom to contact: Student Concern Committee
You are always welcome to consult Wellness Center staff, but please know that we cannot promise you confidentiality as this privilege belongs only to the student who is in treatment with us and not third party consultants. We also will not be able to confirm or deny whether or not an individual student is seeking services from us, but we will try to consult with you to the best of our ability about your best next steps to assist the student.
Important: The Wellness Center does not provide excuses for class absences. Please see information related to the class absence and other policies for more details.
When Students May Need Help
While it is often easy to tell when students need to be referred to health or nutrition services, it is often more difficult to determine who may benefit from counseling. Below is a list of common signs that a student may need help as well as some information on how to refer a student to counseling. For more answers to common questions about all the Wellness Center services please see our FAQs. If you cannot find your question listed, please give us a call and we will do our best to assist you.
- Changes in Mood or Behavior: Actions which are inconsistent with a student's normal behavior may indicate that he or she is experiencing psychological distress. An individual who withdraws from usual social interaction, stops communicating with friends and family, has periods of unexplained crying or outbursts of anger, or seems unusually anxious, depressed, or irritable may be suffering from a psychological problem.
- Changes in Personal Relationships: The death of a family member or close friend, difficulties in family or romantic relationships, or the ending of a romantic relationship can result in increased stress and psychological difficulties.
- References to Suicide: If you are concerned that a student may be suicidal, contact the Wellness Center for consultation immediately at 245-1663 or the Department of Public Safety at 245-1349 after hours to speak to a member of the college’s on call team to assess the urgency of intervention needed.
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Excessive drinking, drug abuse, or drug dependence pose serious health risks and will interfere with a student's ability to succeed academically. In addition, drug or alcohol abuse sometimes indicates the presence of psychological problems that they may be self-medicating or avoiding through the use of substances. The Wellness Center can evaluate a student's alcohol and/or drug use and provide services or offer referrals for treatment if needed.
- Adjustment Difficulties: The process of adjusting to college life can be stressful: a student must adapt to new academic and social environments, and cope with living away from family and in a residence hall with a roommate. Some students feel anxious, sad, or homesick during their first weeks and months here. Difficulties may also occur when a student returns from overseas study or is anticipating graduation. The Wellness Center can support students through these various transitions.
How to Make a Referral for Counseling
- Present your concerns to the individual in a direct and specific manner.
- Suggest that the student consider talking to a counselor at the Wellness Center. If you are on campus, you might offer to walk the person to the office during Open Hours or assist them in calling to make an appointment.
- Even if you think a student needs counseling, he or she has a right to disagree with you. If a student does not decide to seek help, and you remain concerned about him or her, it's a good idea to reiterate your concerns at a later date as well as bring them up to the Student Concerns team (Class Deans or Dean of Students Office).
- If you are unsure of how to approach a student you are worried about, or a student has responded negatively to your approach, feel free to call the Wellness Center, Counseling & Psychiatric Services, at 245-1663 for consultation about what to do next.
- In emergency situations involving students who are unwilling or unable to seek help on their own, call Public Safety at 245-1111. There are always professionals on call to assist in the assessment and management of students who are at risk to harm themselves or someone else.
Help for Faculty and Staff
While the Wellness Center only provides assessment and treatment services for students, faculty and staff looking for resources for themselves or a colleague may benefit from utilizing the college’s employee assistance program. For more information, visit the Employee Assistance Program page.