Common Concerns:

Faculty and staff are in constant contact with students; therefore, they are the most likely persons to encounter students who are distressed. Common concerns can be classified as mild (decreased attendance, difficulty interacting with others), moderate (unusual or demanding emails, emotional reactions that seem intense for the circumstances) or extreme (threats of harming self or others).

How to Respond:

For mild to moderate concerns, attempt to talk with the student, preferably away from other students, and do not promise confidentiality. Express your concerns directly, be clear about classroom expectations, and ensure that the student is aware of campus resources. If warranted, encourage the student to make an appointment with the Counseling Center, Health Center, Women’s Resource and Interpersonal Violence Center, Veterans Resource Center, and/or other supportive offices on campus. Behavior that disrupts the learning and/or living environment is a violation of the KSU Code of Conduct and a report should be filed with the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. For extreme distress and / or concerns for safety, KSU Public Safety should be contacted immediately at 470-578-6666.

Request Further Consultation:

Consultation is available if you have questions about how to address concerning behaviors. To request a consultation, please submit an email to containing information about your concern and how to contact you. Again, for extreme distress and/or concerns for safety, KSU Public Safety should be contacted immediately at 470-578-6666.

Additional Information:

For further information about how to identify and respond to students in distress, please view our “Resources” page.

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