When a student is concerned about another student
Students are often the first to know when one of their friends, roommates, or peers is significantly struggling. For this reason, students are likely to be the most helpful in getting another student connected to appropriate campus resources through the Care network. Often, students see and hear what the student is really experiencing and are able to provide insight into how this student is doing in multiple areas of his or her life.
Students are encouraged to submit a Care Report when there is a significant reason to be concerned about another student. Whether this student is your best friend, classmate, roommate or hallmate, significant other, teammate, or fellow club member, the Care system can be of assistance. While student situations will vary, the following list provides some areas to consider when identifying a student of concern.
- Disengaging or isolating – Is the student disengaging from activities of which he or she was previously interested? Are they staying in their room all day, missing meals, seeming uninterested in previously enjoyed activities?
- Missing multiple classes and assignments – Is the student choosing not to go to class even though there is a penalty for missing? Are they falling behind in multiple classes or in multiple assignments? Are they missing class because of other, less important, activities (i.e. sleeping, playing video games, watching TV, etc.)?
- Noticeable change in the student’s behavior or appearance – Do you have concerns about a student’s behavior? Is the student having trouble connecting with peers? Have you noticed a significant change in the student’s appearance or mood?
- Problematic behaviors – Are you concerned about the amount of alcohol the student is consuming? Are they participating in behaviors that are unhealthy and have you worried? Are they seemingly reckless with their choices and actions?
- Receipt of concerning information – Has the student told you information that has you concerned for his or her wellbeing? Do you feel that the student could benefit from the support of a caring CMU staff member? Do you feel “in over your head”?
- Something just doesn’t feel right – Are you concerned about a fellow student, but aren’t sure why? There are times when your gut instinct tells you that there is reason for concern, but you can only identify certain behaviors or oddities that lead you to believe the student may need assistance. Please submit a Care Report and let us know your thoughts.
While one of the concerns listed above, alone, may not trigger a Care Report, a combination of these concerns may be cause for concern. Any information you submit may initiate the process of identifying a student in distress or may add to the information we already have about a student of concern.
Submit a Care Report
If you have concerns about a student, are unsure how to engage with a student of concern, or would like to talk through a challenging situation, one-on-one consultations are available with the Care Team Coordinator. The meeting can be held over the phone, in the Office of Student Affairs – wherever you prefer. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 989-774-3346.
Club or organization presentations:
A member of the Care Team is available to provide presentations to your club or organization based on the club or organization’s needs and desire for more information. If you or your club or organization would like more information about working with students in distress, how/when to submit a Care Report, establishing healthy boundaries, or recognizing signs of concerning behavior, please contact the CARE Team Coordinator to schedule an appointment.
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If you believe a friend would benefit from using the services provided by CMU’s Counseling Center, or have questions about the resources it offers, please contact the Counseling Center. Counselors are available to discuss your concerns and offer suggestions based upon the confidential counseling and counseling-related resources that are available at the Counseling Center. The center can be contacted at 989-774-3381. See the Counseling Center’s website for additional information on the center, community referrals, self-help resources, and other related counseling information.
See also the following: Information on Helping Others