REPORTING STUDENT IN DISTRESS
Students encounter stress for a variety of reasons. Academics, family problems, social situations, work, and financial concerns are just a few of the sources of stress. While most students cope successfully with the demands of college life, for some the pressures become overwhelming and unmanageable.
The inability to cope effectively with emotional stress can pose a serious threat to a student's overall functioning. The expression of interest, concern and compassion by a faculty, student or staff member may be critical factors in helping a struggling student reestablish the emotional equilibrium necessary for success at the University of Dayton. The Dean of Student’s Office and other administrators from across the campus stand ready to assist you and any student in need.
Your willingness to respond to students in distress will undoubtedly be influenced by your personal style and your particular beliefs about the limits of responsibility for helping students mature, both emotionally and intellectually. Some students may be more open to assistance than others. It's important to be realistic about what you can offer when making a decision about how you can help a student.
If there is a student in imminent or immediate danger and you are concerned about their persistent behavior, such as:
- Experiencing serious difficulties,
- Expressing excessive anger or rage,
- Exhibiting a pattern of disruptive behavior, or
- Making indirect statements expressing intent to do harm to themselves or others.
Then, complete a CARE Report, which will be submitted to the Dean of Students who will gather more information, contact appropriate individuals, and make a determination about the best approach.
When to Call Public Safety
Call Public Safety at 937-229-2121, if you have an emergency or need immediate help in addressing an emerging situation. A crisis exists whenever a person’s behavior poses imminent danger of:
- Causing harm to self or others
- Impeding lawful activities of other members of the campus community
- Causing property damage
- Interfering with the health, safety, or well-being of other members of our community
- Experiencing a health emergency
If you are ever unsure, call Public Safety (937-229-2121) or the Dean of Students Office (937-229-1212) to assist you in an appropriate next step.