Staff Resources

Intervention Policy for Students at Risk

Purpose

The University of Guelph is a community committed to education and learning. It cares deeply about the physical and mental health of all of its students and strives to foster a supportive community wherein students can succeed personally and academically. Therefore, health, wellness, and counselling services are available on campus to support students who may be experiencing personal difficulties.

What Can I Do?

Recognize, Respond, Refer

More Feet on the Ground is the first level of training for the University's Mental Health and Wellbeing Training.  The Call to Action module provides lots of concrete steps on how to Recognize, Respond and Refer when relating with a student experiencing emotional distress. 

Signs and Symptoms

Signs of Personal Difficulty

  • indicates that he/she has problems affecting academic performance
  • displays unusual behaviour or exhibits a notable change in behaviour
  • identifies serious problems or losses in relationships
  • acts distraught, confused or disoriented
  • tells you "secrets" that no one else knows and that you must not share
  • exhibits behaviour that is threatening to self or others
  • is disruptive in class or living environment
  • makes references to suicide
  • is abusing drugs or alcohol

What is an immediate Crisis?

Identifying Crisis Situations

To determine a crisis situation, note if the incident:

Emergency Management Team

Some crisis may be systemic, in that they affect the whole community. If this type of crisis arises The Emergency Management Team becomes active in response; examples include: 

Training and Consultation

Mental Health and Wellness Training

Dealing with Disruptive Behaviour In the Classroom

Disruptive Behaviour

What is Disruptive Behaviour?

  • verbal threats
  • physical threats
  • damage to University or other people's property
  • misconduct resulting from drug or alcohol abuse
  • persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention
  • habitual interference with the work or classroom environment

What is NOT Disruptive Behaviour?

  • individual/cultural differences
  • most disagreements or differences of opinion

Resources

Community Resources:

Student in Distress Brochure

Students experiencing difficulties of an emotional nature often turn to faculty and staff for support.   Most of the time a student requires acknowledgement of what they are experiencing and a supportive approach.   Occassionally, the student may require immediate attention.  To help with the decision of what is required in any given situation consult the Student in Distress Brochure.

 

A Guide for Faculty and Staff

Students experiencing difficulties of an emotional nature often turn to faculty and staff for support.   Most of the time a student requires acknowledgement of what they are experiencing and a supportive approach.   Occassionally, students may require immediate attention.  The University's  Student in Distress Brochure. is a quick guide about how to respond and who to contact.

Other resources on campus include: