Expressions of concern about the student by their peers
Panicked or anxiety ridden
Death of family member/friend, grief
Lack of boundaries
Unprovoked anger or hostility
Making implied or direct threats to harm self or others
Academic assignments dominated by themes of extreme hopelessness, rage, worthlessness,
isolation, despair, acting out, suicidal ideations or violent behaviors
Strange or bizarre behavior indicating loss of contact with reality
Stalking or harassing
Excessive communication via email, texting or phone
What Should I Say?
Remember to share with your student if you are a Responsible Employee and your duty to report what they may share. In addition to referring a student to resources, any sexual or gender-based harassment
or assault requires mandated reporting. If they are looking for confidential support, please look at the list on the following
page. For any questions regarding Mandated Reporting please contact Title IX Coordinator, Matthew Damschroder, 814-641-3157.
"Before we get too far into talking, I need to let you know that I am a responsible
employee, which means that I am required by the school to report your situation to
the Title IX Coordinator who works really hard to keep your information very private."
Reassure them of the title IX Coordinator's resources and role.
Give them the option to stop and talk to confidential resources, like a counselor.
Say what you see:
Be direct (without judgement)
Stick to the facts
Don't make assumptions
Describe the changes you've noticed
Ask if they are okay
Let them know you are there for them
Be patient and listen
Offer help where you can
Ask what they need
Summarize what they say
Hear them out:
Provide a space to be heard
Be curious, ask questions
Be present and patient
Let them know they are not alone
Affirm their feelings
I've missed you in class lately. Is everything OK? Is there anything I can do to help?
You haven't been participating in the past few classes. Is there anything you want
to talk about?
It sounds like you are really overwhelmed! Is there anything I can do to help out?
Thank you for sharing your experiences. I am not an expert in this area, but I know
someone who may be able to help. Would it be OK if I put you in contact with them?
Who Can Help?
Campus Resources (CONFIDENTIAL)
Counseling Services: 814-641-3353
Health Services: 814-641-3410
Campus Ministry: 814-641-3317
Public Safety: 814-641-3636
Campus and Residential Life: 814-641-3323
Dean of Students: 814-641-3157
Dean of Health & Wellness: 814-641-3077
Learning Services: 814-641-3150
Student Accessibility Services: 814-641-5840
Dean of EDI: 814-641-3173
Community Resources - 24/7 Lines (CONFIDENTIAL)
Tri County Crisis Hotline: 800-929-9583
Huntingdon House (domestic violence/stalking): 814-643-1190
The Abuse Network (sexual assault): 888-810-2444
National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: text PA to 741741
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ support): 866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
Steve Fund (BIPOC support): text STEVE to 741-741
Is the student a danger to self or others, or does the student need immediate assistance
for any reason?
The student's conduct is clearly and imminently reckless, disorderly, dangerous or
threatening including self harm behavior or having a weapon.
Call JCPS: 814-641-3636
I'M NOT SURE
The student shows signs of distress but I am unsure how serious it is. My interaction
has left me feeling uneasy and/or concerned about the student.
Submit a notice of concern using this link and refer students to appropriate campus resource from list.
I am not concerned for the student's immediate safety, but they are having significant
academic and/or personal issues and could use some support.
Please submit a notice of concern for the student.