Student of Concern

Students of Concern Committee

The Student of Concern Committee is a multi-disciplinary body of stakeholders from across UC Hastings which receives referrals pertaining to currently registered students of concern, collects additional information, and identifies and enacts appropriate strategies for addressing the situation.

Purpose
The purpose of this team is to provide a means for early intervention of at-risk students through collaboration with campus departments, faculty and staff.

Students exhibiting behaviors that are of concern in relation to their personal, physical and emotional well-being should be referred to this team of professionals.

The Students of Concern Committee is not meant to be the sole mechanism of communication and will not take the place of services provided by Student Health Services Counseling & Psychiatric Services, the Academic Dean’s Office, Student Services, Public Safety, or other established student services.


Committee's Responsibility to the Campus

  • To provide a centralized structure for campus departments and offices that need help dealing with a student who is displaying concerning, disruptive or distressed behavior.
  • To develop a strategic plan of action to ensure the safety of the student and the campus at large
  • The committee will ensure that information is shared among strategic partners concerned about student welfare.

Offices that are represented on the Committee:

  • Associate Academic Dean
  • Student Services
  • Health Services
  • Public Safety
  • Disability Resources Program

The committee also consults with:

  • Academic Advisors
  • Campus Housing
  • Faculty
  • Staff

 

How to Identify Students in Distress

Students dealing with personal issues or problems often show signs that they are struggling. The severity of the distress is one factor that will determine the best response. We all may feel depressed or upset at one time or another. However, when symptoms of distress are persistent over a long period of time or when they interfere with academic responsibilities and social relationships, it may be a cause for concern. Here is a list of signs that may indicate that a student is in distress:  

Academic Signs

  • Deterioration in quality of work
  • Missed assignments or appointments
  • Repeated absence from class or clinic
  • Continual requests for unusual circumstances (late papers, extensions, postponed exams, etc.)
  • Essays, emails, or papers that have themes of hopelessness, social isolation, rage, or despair
  • Lack of engagement in participation-oriented classes
  • Inappropriate disruptions or monopolizing classroom time

Physical or Psychological Signs

  • Excessive anxiety or panic
  • Apathy, lack of energy, a change in sleeping or eating habits, or dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Marked changes in personal hygiene, work habits, or social behavior
  • Mood elevation
  • Isolation or withdrawal
  • Overtly suicidal thoughts, such as referring to suicide as a current option
  • Giving away treasured personal possessions
  • Increased irritability or aggressive behavior
  • Bizarre thinking, seemingly at odds with the reality of the situation (such as apparently paranoid ideas)
  • Excessive use of alcohol or other drugs

 

Other Factors to Consider

  • Direct statements indicating family problems, personal losses such as death of a family member or the break-up of a relationship
  • Expressions of concern about a student by peers
  • Written note or verbal statement that has a sense of hopelessness or finality
  • Your sense, however vague, that something is seriously amiss

When to Refer a Student

  • Marked changes in academic performance, a noticeable decline in personal appearance and/or a student repeatedly engaging in disruptive behaviors in class can all be signs of a student in crisis.
  • Some behavioral warning signs carry more weight than others and multiple indicators increase the risk of potential harm to self and/ or others.
  • If your efforts to manage a significant classroom behavioral issue have not resolved the problem. If you are concerned about the welfare of a student, yourself and other students
  • If a student asks for help in dealing with personal issues that are out of your role as a faculty or staff member.

How to Refer a Student

Members of the campus community can refer a student to the Student of Concern by contacting: email address (studentofconcern@uchastings.edu)(we need an email address) or by calling– NOTE , ON MY RESEARCH, THERE ARE NOT ANONYMOUS WAYS TO REPORT ON OTHER WEBSITES!!

NOTE: The Team is NOT for EMERGENCIES
  • The email and phone listed above is not a 24 hour service to access to support
  • If there is an immediate threat to a student (either through self-harm or interpersonal violence) or the community, please call 911 or Public Safety 415.565.4611
  • If you believe a student is in need of immediate psychological help, when Student Health Services is open, call 415.565.4612. If SHS is closed call 911 or Public Safety 415.565.4612.
For behaviors that are of concern, either because they are out of character or persistent even after being addressed, a referral to the Committee may be the next step.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What about FERPA protection?

A: FERPA pertains to the privacy of educational records, but it does not prohibit the reporting of observable behavior. If you are concerned about a personal interaction you have had with a student or an observation you have made pertaining to behavior, you are encouraged to report and/or consult with appropriate colleagues, especially as it relates to the educational mission of the UC Hastings.

Q: What if my department already has a structure to deal with students of concern?

A: Great! You should continue to use that structure to proactively best support the student. In addition, we recommend you to still refer the student to the Student of Concern Committee. There is often another department or office that the student is in contact with and who may be having similar concerns that we are able to connect through multiple referrals.

Q: Will I be contacted and updated about the student I refer?

A: Yes, you will be contacted to give the committee details about the concerning behavior. You may be updated with information as it pertains to the student’s interactions with you or your department. However, you will not be informed of details of conversations with the student or possible disciplinary action that may occur, depending on the situation.

RESOURCES

Resource Documents
Assisting the Student in Distress Insert our link here
Depression awareness and Suicide Prevention Online Training
Public Safety (Idea- UC Berkeley has a page on what to do in an emergency)
Look For the Signs
UC Hastings Counseling and Psychiatric Services
Community Crisis Services

Places of Support on Campus

Public Safety, emergencies 9-1-1       
Public Safety, Non-emergency number 415.565.4611
Students of Concern Committee
Student Health Services 415.565.4612
Student Services 415.565.4773
Academic Dean’s Office 415.565.4682
Disabilities Resource Program 415.581.8948 Academic Support Program (?) 415.565.4839