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Tips for Talking with Students

The following are tips for talking with a student about whom you are concerned:

  • Speak with the student privately about your concerns regarding his/her welfare and be straight forward.
  • Explain specifically what behaviors you have noticed that prompted your concerns.
  • Speak in a non-judgmental, respectful manner.
  • Allow the student an opportunity to respond sharing his/her thoughts and/or feelings.
  • Suggest use of and offer to connect the student with University resources (e.g., Counseling Center, Campus Ministiries, Dean of Students) to support him/her.