When to Share A Concern:
Students, Faculty, Parents, and others are strongly encouraged to share with us when they are concerned about a student’s well being (no matter how small or insignificant they may seem).
Three Important Reasons to Share Your Concerns:
- Earlier Intervention: Often, a quick response to provide a distressed student/friend with timely resources will ensure that the student remains successful academically and socially. Late intervention often involves missed classes, isolation from friends and family, possible withdrawal from school and an overall interruption in the student’s experience.
- Connecting the Dots: Our goal is to connect concerns we receive from across campus. This allows us to provide a greater level of support for each student involved. Each piece of information helps to paint a picture that we can then respond to effectively.
- We Care, You Care: Making a referral shows that you care enough to get the student the help they need. It means you are not prepared to let a student fall through the cracks. It means Elon is a family that takes care of its members.
Common Examples of Concerning Behaviors:
The following list of indicators provides some context when deciding whether a student may need additional support:
- Frequent, unexplained absences (after multiple outreach attempts)
- Erratic performance
- Extreme disorganization
- Continual seeking of special permission (extensions, make up work, etc.)
- Patterns of perfectionism
- Disproportionate response to grades or other assessments
Social and Emotional Concerns:
- Socially withdrawn, isolated, lack of communication
- Direct statements of distress
- Significant change in overall mood
- Angry or hostile outbursts, yelling or aggressive comments
- Appears over-anxious or extremely distressed
- Excessively demanding or dependent behavior
- Fails to respond to outreach from friends/faculty/staff
- Excessive use or reliance on alcohol/other drugs
- Lack of attention to self-care, personal hygiene
- Extreme fatigue, exhaustion
- Unfocused, disjointed thinking – skips around a lot; unable to stay on topic
- Noticeable cuts, bruises, burns
- Frequent or chronic illness
- Disorganized speech, rapid speech
While You Share…Steps You Can Take While Sharing Your Concerns:
Providing support for Elon students is a team effort. We rely heavily on staff, faculty, students, and parents to provide support for one another in addition to sharing those concerns with our office. Consider these steps while also sharing concerns:
- Talk to the Student: Share your concerns privately and objectively. Let them know you care about them. Ask them questions and encourage an open dialogue.
- Offer to Connect the Student Directly: If there is a resource the student might benefit from, offer to connect them directly. Walk them to the office or person that can help, introduce them personally, and stay with them while they seek assistance. Also, you can email the service directly and include the student – make it a personal connection that the student will find easier to use.
- Follow-up with the Student: Set up a plan for checking in with the student – plan to meet later the next day or the next week; establish lunch or coffee plans;
- Let Us Help: Consult with our office on resources and options for success. Update us on how the student is doing and whether things are getting better/worse?