Faculty and Staff Information
Students of Concern: Faculty and Staff Information
University faculty and staff play a vital role in identifying and recognizing distressing signs early. Outside of personal friends, no one else on a campus community interacts with students more than faculty and staff.
If a faculty or staff member believes a student is showing signs of distress, preventing them from attaining personal and/or academic success or preventing a safe and productive educational environment, they have a responsibility to contact and report it to the Students of Concern (SOC) Team. FERPA does NOT prevent reporting issues of health and safety or considered an educational need-to-know. It is important that staff and faculty report all concerning behavior.
Under FERPA, information from a student’s educational record can be shared if sharing the information is necessary to protect the health and safety of self or others. Information can be shared with any school official who has a legitimate educational interest in the information.
Taken from Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A guide for campus teams by Higher Education Mental Health Alliance.
This site is not monitored 24 hours a day; if this is an emergency, call 911.
Do you have any questions about the Students of Concern Team? Contact the Department of Student Affairs, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm at (660) 785-4111 or at email@example.com. If this is a weekend or weekday after 5pm, please call the Kirksville Police Department, Central Dispatch at (660) 665-5621.
"Faculty members are on the front-line of meeting the increasingly important retention imperative. Instructors interact with students frequently and are likely to be among the first to notice signs that a student is disengaging from college and at-risk of dropping out. By learning to recognize the warning signs and taking informed intervention action, a faculty member can play a key role in changing the course of a student’s life for the better. This is an exciting opportunity and a big responsibility, but future generations depend on our willingness to rise to the challenge."
– Student Retention: Faculty, 2010