Refer a Student
For faculty, staff, parents or loved ones
Guidelines for identifying students in distress
- Serious change in the quality of a student's work
- Exam results do not match his or her apparent knowledge of the subject material
- Excessive absences from class
- Exaggerated and inappropriate emotional responses
- Disruptive in-class behavior
- Depressed behavior such as lack of energy or deterioration in personal appearance
- Appears to be consistently attending class in a "hung-over" state (fatigued or in a fog, lowered concentration, tremors, increased anxiety, has the odor of alcohol, cannabis, etc. around his/her person)
- Talking and/or writing about threatening or disturbing acts such as committing suicide, threatening harm to self or others; or sexual, verbal or physical abuse
How to refer a student to the counseling center
- Propose that the student calls or goes to the counseling center to make an appointment. Introduce the idea in a gentle, caring and non-judgmental way. Assure the student that counseling services are strictly confidential.
- Tell the student why you are recommending a referral. Be specific and focus on his/her behavior. Normalize the process of seeking help.
- Complete the Interdepartmental Student Referral Form (PDF) for student to present to the counseling appointment desk. If the student feels uncomfortable seeking counseling services, propose to accompany the student to the Counseling Center, or call from your office to arrange an appointment time.
Once the student is referred
- The plan may include individual counseling at the CCDC, a referral to a practitioner in the community, attending a workshop, or referral to other campus academic support service.
- In as much as the counseling staff is eager to help you with your concerns or questions about your student, confidentiality is an essential aspect of the counseling relationship which limits the information we can share with you about your student.
Confidentiality in the counseling relationship is protected in Illinois and this prevents the counseling staff from
discussing any student’s case without written permission from the student.
But we can receive any information you’d like to share with us. Please feel free to contact the CCDC if you have any concerns about your student, want the center to be aware of something concerning your student, or have questions about our services and how to access them.