A GUIDE FOR FACULTY AND STAFF ON RESPONDING TO STUDENTS IN DISTRESS. Presented by: Brett A. Sokolow, J.D. The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management www.ncherm.org. BEYOND CLASSROOM DISRUPTION – THE DISTRESSED STUDENT.
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Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.
The National Center for Higher
Education Risk Management www.ncherm.org
Faculty and staff are frequently in the best position to notice and report student distress.
You are the frontlines, the forward guard.
The events of Virginia Tech should impress upon us all the necessity of being on the watch.
“Incidents of aberrant, dangerous, or
threatening behavior must be documented
and reported immediately to a college’s
threat assessment group, and must be acted
upon in a prompt and effective manner to
protect the safety of the campus community.”
Not when your mental image
is skewed by media-driven stereotypes.
“He stands for the briefest of moments looking
at the class, then he raises the shotgun… He
stands in place, not panicking, not rushing…
There was no change of expression, not even
excitement. It was like if you’re repainting a
room at home, painting the walls, and you
realize you missed a few spots, it was that