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STOP Violence Program
Dean of Students Office
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Avenue
Department 3135
Knight Hall Room 118
Laramie, Wyoming 82071

(307) 766-3296
Office Hours: 8am-5pm

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STOP Violence Program
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Walk-In Hours: 10am-4pm
Dean of Students Office
Department 3135
Knight Hall 118
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3296
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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:

Academic Indicators

  • Deterioration of quality workreading
  • Drop in grades
  • Negative change in classroom performance
  • Missed assignments
  • Repeated absences from class
  • Continual seeking of special accommodations (late papers, extensions, postponed examination)

Relationship Indicators

  • Direct statements indicating distress or other difficulties
  • Unprovoked anger or hostility
  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or more animated than usual)
  • Excessive dependency
  • Expression of concern by his/her peers
  • A hung or gut-level reaction that something is wrong

Physical Indicators

  • Deterioration or lack of care in physical appearance
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Visible changes in weight
  • Indications of substance abuse or chemical dependency

What Can You Do?

  • Call the 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.
  • Discuss your 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 alright.

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