Student Warning Signs

Some warning signs of student distress are thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that interfere with the student’s ability to function academically, socially, and/or personally.

  • Frequent absence from class.
  • Decreased productivity.
  • Decreased quality of work.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Emotional lability.
  • Regular indications of excessive fatigue.
  • Significant changes in weight.
  • Heightened nervousness, irritability, aggression.
  • Sad or unresponsive demeanor.
  • Unruly or threatening behavior
  • Bizarre thoughts, speech, and/or behavior.
  • Self-reported difficulties with thinking, concentrating, emotions, relationships, etc.

What Can Faculty Do?

  • Speak with the student privately and express your observations and concerns.
  • Listen to the student without criticizing, judging or appearing punitive.
  • Explore with the student possible actions.
  • Discuss the existence and usefulness of the Counseling Center.
  • Encourage the student to contact the Counseling Center immediately, perhaps from your office.
  • If very concerned, personally bring the student to the Counseling Center.