As to be expected, students have many concerns in their life beyond school and academics while in college. Students’ grades and class attendance can suffer from issues going on in their personal lives. Some of these issues can be related to problems at home or within the student's family. If students need some direction or you need some direction on how to assist, below are some referrals and resources to help:
If you observe or encounter a student who is struggling with some personal concerns, there are a few ways to approach this. If you are unsure whether you should refer the student to see a counselor, contact the Counseling Center directly to ask for guidance or clarification on how to approach this situation. If you feel it is appropriate, recommend they call and schedule an appointment. The Counseling Center is a great referral. It is free for students and easy for them to make an appointment.
Typical Signs of family/life issues:
- Abrupt/Radical changes in behavior
- Isolation from others
- Poor attendance
- Sudden outbursts of anger
- Inappropriate crying
- Low self-esteem
- Chronic fatigue/Low energy
A student may also be referred to the Counseling Center for assistance with issues such as the following:
- Life planning issues
- Stress management
- Relationship enhancement
- Anger management
Behavior intervention needed
If you have concerns about a student’s behavior and need to consult with professionals, you may contact the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). The team consists of members who deal with behavioral issues on a more frequent basis. The BIT provides an organized and coordinated method of assessment of the severity of an incident or situation affecting an individual and/or the University community. The BIT determines the need for intervention, identification, and activation of appropriate resources and responses, ongoing monitoring, and evaluation of responses and outcomes.
Dean of Student's Office - Behavioral Intervention Team
Plaster Student Union 405
Center for Dispute Resolution
If a student may need family resolution assistance, the Center for Dispute Resolution may be able to facilitate mediation and family group conferencing. The Center offers services to the community (including students) to help resolve disputes and may be a useful resource.
Family Programs specifically provides communication, support, and connection between the University and families of students. They may be a great resource in supporting families during a time in which a student is experiencing some issues.