Faculty and staff can play an invaluable role in helping students who are in distress. Your expression of interest, concern, and compassion is an important factor toward a student seeking the assistance they need. The Office of Student Conduct (OSC), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Center (SHC), Disability Resource Center (DRC), UNLV Police Services and administrators stand ready to assist you. We hope these services will help you to identify a potentially difficult situation and provide you with specific ideas and resources when you encounter student behaviors that are of concern.
It is important to note that the university does not expect you to assume the role of counselor, therapist or police officer. For those responsibilities, UNLV has trained professionals who are ready to assist you with students who are of concern to you.
Protocol for Incidents Involving Students of Concern (PDF)
We encourage faculty and staff to document incidents using the Student of Concern Report and submit the form to the Office of Student Conduct (OSC). A student will have a right to see the Student of Concern Report. Potential interventions will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Student of Concern Report Form
UNLV is committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. To safeguard our community, the Distressed Student Taskforce has developed a comprehensive reporting system to share appropriate information so students can receive or stay connected to the academic support and student wellness services they need. This reporting system is one element of a safe and supportive campus community.
How to Help a Student of Concern Guidebook (PDF)
This guidebook has been designed as a reference and resource for faculty and staff members and to support the training efforts of the university. It specifically provides faculty and staff with information about how to seek assistance and report behaviors of concern. Additional information is provided about managing difficult situations, behavioral signs that warrant concern, as well as resources for assisting students in accessing resources and services at UNLV. It is strongly recommended to schedule a “Student of Concern” training session for your department/unit/area.
UNLV Police Services
In situations, when a student is severely impaired or potentially dangerous, UNLV Police Services will need to be alerted by calling 895-3669. UNLV Police Services is also available to assist individual departments in formulating their own safety plans in accordance with their physical layout, degree, and nature of student contact and role within the University.
University Employee Assistance Program
It is important to recognize that dealing with disruptive or distressed students can be psychologically and emotionally difficult. Consequently, it can be very helpful to discuss these issues with a colleague or supervisor or seek professional stress debriefing assistance through the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Ceridian Life Works, at 877-234-5151. You may also contact the UNLV Benefits Office at 895-3504 if you have questions or require additional information about the Employee Assistance Program.