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Student Concerns Program
Governors State University strives to support students in all aspects of
achieving their academic and personal goals. Accordingly, the Student
Concerns Program was developed by the office of the Dean of Students to
provide a centralized method that focuses on identifying and working
with students who may be distressed or whose behavior is of concern. The Student Concerns Program is designed to ensure timely outreach to students that are believed to be in distress or acting in a manner of concern, and connect them to resources best suited to address the conveyed concern. Since faculty and staff play a key role in identifying students who are in distress, the Student Concerns Program depends on referrals that identify students who might benefit from proactive outreach and assistance.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to report behaviors or concerns of any GSU student by using the Student Concerns Program online form to identify students and describe their area of concern(s). Student concerns can include, but are not limited to academic, physical or emotional concerns such as:
- public outbursts,
- sporadic attendance at classes,
- disruptive classroom behavior,
- distressed writings in assignments, or
- changes in behavior, appearance, or personal habits.
A more detailed list of concerns can be found below.
Completed “Student Concern” forms will be directed to the office of the Dean of Students which will identify resources and personnel best suited to address the concern articulated by faculty and staff. Reports will be tracked for themes, repetition, and increased concern(s) to evaluate student and university trends.
Important Note: Submissions to Student Concerns Program differ from those intended to the Campus Threat Assessment Team (CTAT) because they are early alerts of student concern intended to direct intervention to students in distress, not behavior significant enough to be a threat to the safety and well-being. If a submission is deemed a threat to the campus community, the report will be immediately forwarded to CTAT.
Click here to download the Student Concerns Program brochure (This document opens in another window as a PDF)
Where to report?
Please complete a student concerns report. In addition to the web resource, faculty and staff can contact the following offices directly for referrals.
For emergencies, immediately contact:
Department of Public Safety
Campus Location: C1375
Office: (708) 534-4900
Available 24 hours a day
For emotional concerns, please contact:
Campus Location: B1205
Phone: (708) 235-7334
Open M-F: 9am-5pm
For general student concerns, please contact:
Office of the Dean of Students
Campus Location: A 2130
Phone: (708) 235-7595
Open M-F: 9am-5pm
What to report?
Some potential signs of distress/concern included, but are not limited to:
Potential Academic Concerns
Potential Physical Concerns
Decline in quality/quantity of work.
A damaging performance in class to cause drop in grade.
Repeated Missed assignments or exams.
Repeated absences from class.
Disorganized or erratic performance Motivation and/or enthusiasm has decreased.
Student sends frequent, lengthy, "ranting" or concerning emails to professor or staff.
Seeking special provisions without proper documentation.
Uncommonly falling asleep in class or other inopportune times.
A dramatic change in energy level (either direction).
Troublesome changes in hygiene or personal appearance.
Significant changes in weight.
Frequent state of alcohol intoxication.
Noticeable cuts, bruises or burns on student.
Inappropriate emotional outbursts (unprovoked anger or hostility, sobbing).
Exaggerated personality traits; more withdrawn or more animated than usual.
Expressions of hopelessness, fear or worthlessness; themes of suicide, death and dying in papers/projects.
Direct statements indicating distress, family problems, or other difficulties.
Classmate concerned about a fellow student.