A student of concern is any student who is displaying behaviors that may get in the way of a student's ability to be successful in the University environment.
Sometimes small changes in behaviors or attitude are the first indicator that a student may need more assistance. Other times, behaviors are being noticed by many members of our community and creating a significant amount of concern.
How to Help:
We encourage faculty-student relationships and believe these go a long way when making a successful referral. Where possible, talk to your student about your concerns and let them know you will be referring them to us. Here are some helpful tips that may guide you in having this difficult conversation. If you need assistance or consultation, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Preparing to Reach Out
Know the available campus resources
If safe and possible, meet privately during a pre-arranged time
Choose a quiet space, free of distractions
Connecting with the Student
Express your concerns clearly by identifying specific behaviors you've observed
Express empathy and a willingness to help with both words and body language
Remind the student that you will keep things private but can't guarantee confidentiality
Document the meeting as soon afterwards as possible
Making the Referral and Following Up
Give reassurance and offer information about campus resources
Be honest about your limitations and the scope of your role
Affirm attempts to seek help and validate their experience
Encourage the student to make and keep appointments with campus resources
Follow up with the appropriate campus resources
If you feel unsafe, call 911 or Campus Security and Public Safety (509.313.2222) for immediate response.
The Refer Form
The Refer Form is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student with us. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis or Academic Advising & Assistance will reach out to provide the student with support and resources. If you would prefer to discuss your concern with someone directly, you can call the Center for Cura Personalis at 509.313.2227 or Academic Advising & Assistance at 509.313.4072.
There are a number of other forms available for more specific situations. Feel free to look at the forms below to decide if one of those listed better suits the concerns that you have about a student. If you are not sure what form to use, feel free to use the general Refer Form to start.
Gonzaga University is committed to fostering a safe and healthy environment where students can learn, grow, and develop. It is our goal that community members report all incidents of sexual misconduct so that those impacted can receive the support and resources they need. Reporting also helps the University identify those accused of sexual misconduct and take appropriate action. More information about support, resources, and reporting are available at www.gonzaga.edu/sexualmisconduct.
If you have concerns about a student's academic performance (i.e. frequent absences, outbursts in class, refusal to comply with classroom rules, irregular or missed assignments, etc.), the Office of Academic Advising and Assistance can help reach out to students, aid them in their academic endeavors, or redirect the information to another office that may be more appropriate for the specific concern. Please call the Office of Academic Advising & Assistance at 509.313.4072 or visit their webpage.