As a faculty or staff
member, you have a lot of contact with students. A student may come to you to confide a sexual
assault, or you may witness some troubling indicators that the student has
experienced a significant trauma.
Some general indicators
a student is having trouble coping with trauma include:
Drop in grades
in classroom performance
absences from class
seeking of special accommodations (late papers, extensions, postponed
statements indicating distress or other difficulties
personality traits (more withdrawn or more animated than usual)
concern by his/her peers
A hung or
gut-level reaction that something is wrong
lack of care in physical appearance
substance abuse or chemical dependency
What Can You Do?
University Counseling Center for a consultation about the student. The staff will be happy to talk with you
about any worries or concerns you may have.
concerns with the student. Talking about
a problem or labeling a crisis doesn't make it worse. It is the first stop toward resolving it.
Call the Dean of
Students Office to make them aware of your concern. The Dean of Students can initiate a meeting
to talk with the student about your concerns and ensure that the student is