Please note that the information in the following pages is meant to act as a guide. This content is meant to offer the tools to navigate difficult conversations; no faculty or staff member is expected to assess or diagnose a student's struggles. For additional concerns or questions, faculty and staff are always welcome to contact UMLCS for an opportunity to consult.
Consider referring students for counseling if their problems have compromised their ability to function academically, personally or socially. Some signs and symptoms of student distress are procrastination and poorly prepared work, infrequent class attendance, social withdrawal, crying in the office, marked changes in person hygiene, impaired speech or disjointed thoughts, threats to harm oneself or others, disturbing material in academic assignments and high levels of irritability.
Tips for Referring a Student to Counseling Services
If the Student is Reluctant to Seek Counseling
While it is important to care about the emotional well-being of students, we cannot make their decisions for them and an independent decision by the student to seek help is best. If the student resists referral with the situation and you remain comfortable, feel free to contact UMLCS to discuss your concern. You can also submit a STARs report online.
For more information on students of concern, check out the UMatter2 website.
For tips on how to support student-athletes, please see For Coaches.
Content adapted with permission from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.