Truman’s Students of Concern (SOC) Team needs your eyes and ears to report students who may be struggling. For indicators of potentially dangerous or troublesome behavior, see our “Care and Share Information for Faculty and Staff.” If you have concerns regarding the behavior of a student and would like assistance from Students of Concern, complete our Behavioral Referral Form.
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.
Behavioral Referral Form More information for faculty & staff Working with Distressed Students