One of the best ways to support students in your classroom is to make sure it’s part of the first conversation you plan to have with them.  Below, we have included some language for classroom syllabi that encourages students to share when they notice behavior that concerns or worries them.  Please use this language when communicating with students about classroom expectations.

Supporting Fellow Students in Distress:

As members of the Elon community, we each share a personal responsibility to express concern for one another and to ensure that this classroom and the campus as a whole remains a healthy environment for learning.  Occasionally, you may become worried or concerned about a fellow classmate’s well-being.  When this is the case, I would encourage you to share these concerns with me or to Elon’s Student Care and Outreach program (  Although you can report anonymously, it is preferred that you share your contact information so they can follow up with you personally.