It is appropriate to refer a student to SCRT and SSCM when a student may be experiencing undue stress or has needs beyond what a simple referral to another campus office can address. Some warning signs to consider:
A significant change in appearance (poor hygiene, weight gain/loss) or personality
A substantial drop in academic performance
Distracted or preoccupied thought processes
Withdrawal from social interactions with peers, family, and significant others
Frequent class absences
Expressions of loneliness or fear, such as avoidance or apprehension about being alone
Occurrence of a recent loss or other crisis (e.g., relationship breakup, death of a friend or family member, academic failure, physical illness, sexual violence)
Expressions of hopelessness (statements such as "there's no use trying" or "what's the point?")
Indirect statements or written essays about death or suicide
Emotions (sadness, nervousness, fearfulness, etc.) that are displayed to an extreme degree or for a prolonged period of time
Extreme anger or hostility
Lengthy, ranting or threatening communication with staff, faculty, or peers
Tips for when you are concerned about a student:
Privately address your concerns in a quiet space. Student Support and Case Management empowers all students to address and overcome barriers to achieve their educational and personal goals while at the University of Kansas. Using a holistic and strengths based approach, and in collaboration with campus and community partners, SSCM works together with students, mindful of individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity, to support and connect them to each other and their communities to promote a safer, healthier, and more caring environment.
Be direct and specific about your concerns in non-judgmental and caring terms. For example, “You seem more stressed than normal, and I am concerned about you. Do you want to talk with me about what is going on?”
If you are concerned about suicide, ask directly if the student is thinking about suicide.
If the student is at imminent risk for harm to self or others, call 911 or assist the student with getting to the nearest emergency room.
Be aware of campus resources, including Student Affairs Student Support and Case Management, SCRT, and others. Offer to assist the person in making an appointment or walk to the appropriate office. Follow-up by submitting a Care Referral.
Follow up and provide support while setting boundaries. Know others are available to help.