Reporting Students of Concern
College students often encounter a great deal of stress, (e.g. academic, social, family, work, and financial.) While most students cope successfully with the demands of life, sometimes these pressures become overwhelming and unmanageable. Students might feel alone, isolated, helpless, and even hopeless. These feelings can easily disrupt academic performance and can result in harmful behaviors, including substance abuse and suicide attempts.
Faculty and staff members are in a unique position to identify and help students who are, or appear to be, in distress. This can be particularly true for students who can’t or won’t turn to family or friends for help. Any faculty or staff member who is perceived by students as caring and trustworthy can be a potential resource in times of trouble. Your expression of interest and concern might be a critical factor in helping struggling students re-establish emotional equilibrium, thus saving their academic careers or possibly their lives.
How to refer a student
There are multiple ways to report students of concern. At any point, you can refer/report a student to the Florham Campus CARE team by email to DevilsCare@fdu.edu or by calling 973-443-8935 or to the Metropolitan Campus Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) by email KnightroBIT@fdu.edu or by calling 201-692-2190. However, in order to ensure the best response we recommend the following:
1. If you feel that you or the student are in immediate danger, or need immediate medical assistance, please call the Florham Campus Public Safety office at 973-443-8888 or the Metropolitan Campus Public Safety office at 201-692-2222.
2. For all other concerns such as behavior, health, wellness, general concern for a student or a classroom related issues (missed classes, not doing work, etc…) please use the following report:
This report is received by multiple people and it can be acted upon immediately.
For any questions or concerns, please contact the Florham Campus Dean of Students Office at 973-443-8935 or the Metropolitan Campus Dean of Students Office at 201-692-2190.
Red Folder Initiative
Red Folder is a quick-reference guide to mental health resources for faculty/staff who may come into contact with distressed students. The customized Red Folder identifies common signs of student distress and guides you through campus protocols in the event of an emergency. The folder also provides tips for how to approach a student who may be in distress and information on connecting that student with the appropriate resource.
For more information regarding the Red Folder, please contact the Florham Campus Dean of Students Office at 973-443-8935 or the Metropolitan Campus Dean of Students Office at 201-692-2190.