College students often have many personal challenges to address
during the academic year. Most students are able to effectively manage personal
issues, as well as and academic and social stress, without assistance. Some students,
however, can benefit from counseling. Some students of concern will need additional
support beyond counseling. Because of the regular contact that faculty and staff
have with students, you are in an excellent position to recognize and refer students
that may need assistance.
When should I alert the Deans Behavioral Assessment/Intervention Team about
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to alert one of the members of the Deans Behavioral
Assessment/Intervention Team with their concerns about unusual student
conduct, in and outside the classroom. See below (When should I refer a student
to Counseling?) for a list of student behaviors that you might want to alert the
Dean Grant Azdell - Dean of Students
Dean Kathryn Hull - Senior Associate Dean of Students
Dean Lauren Bell - Associate Dean of Faculty
Dr. Craig Anderson - Director, Counseling Services
Rodney Bardwell - Director of Residence Life/Housing & Judicial
The Deans Behavioral Assessment/Intervention Team meets every Monday
morning during the academic year. The team seeks to pro-actively coordinate College
support and accountability for academic, behavioral, psychological and emotional
concerns. Often the behaviors of concern in one aspect of a student’s life are manifesting
in other aspects of their life on campus: academically, socially, athletically,
emotionally, psychologically, etc.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to report academic or behavioral concerns about
a student by using the form available here:
Counseling Services will, with student consent, alert faculty either
directly or through the office of the Associate Dean of the College when there is
a legitimate mental health concern and/or crisis imparing the student's functioning
on campus. Faculty and staff should encourage any student that they believe would
benefit from counseling to seek support at the Counseling Center. Students, however,
should not pursue services at Counseling Services for the sole purpose of obtaining
a letter of support for missing classes or for a medical withdrawal from classes.
The Center does not provide letters at the time of an initial consultation and cannot
provide documentation regarding a student's mental health without a history of services
at the Center during the specified time period. If necessary, students are encouraged
to seek letters of support directly involved in their care such as past or present
psychological/psychiatric providers, medical doctors, or family members.
Please note: The Family Education and Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) allows College
officials to share information with one another, without prior student consent,
under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31): when there is a “legitimate educational
interest” and when College officials have direct experience of erratic or threatening
behavior. FERPA also allows College officials to notify parents about imminent risk
to health and safety without the student’s prior consent.
When should I refer a student to Counseling?
Students often encounter a great deal of stress during their college years. While
most students cope successfully with the demands of college life, for some, the
pressures can become overwhelming and unmanageable. Students may feel alone, isolated,
helpless and even hopeless. These feelings can easily disrupt academic performance
and may result in harmful behaviors such as substance abuse and attempts at suicide.
Faculty and staff members are in a unique position to identify and help students
who are in distress. This may be particularly true for students who cannot or will
not turn to family or friends. Anyone who is seen as caring and trustworthy may
be a potential resource in times of trouble. Your expression of interest and concern
may be a critical factor in helping struggling students reestablish emotional equilibrium,
thus saving their academic careers or even their lives. The following may help to
identify some symptoms which, when present over a period of time, suggest that the
problems with which the person is dealing are more than the normal ones:
How do I refer a student to counseling?
Why haven't I heard from Counseling Services about the student I referred?
The best way to find out whether a student has sought help as a result of your referral
to Counseling Services is to ask the student directly. Due to the confidentiality
of psychotherapy services, the psychologists in Counseling Services will not disclose
whether or not a student has made an appointment, or has been seen by a Counseling
staff member, unless the student grants explicit, written permission. Sometimes
a student may wish that their therapist contact a faculty member, staff person,
parent, or other individual. In these cases, the student will sign a release of
information form to enable this contact with the therapist.
Release form for R-MC Faculty/Staff
If you have any further counseling questions, please contact Dr. Craig Anderson,
Dr. Beth Schubert or Dr. Dusti Sisk-Fandrich at ext. 7270.