Center for Survivor Empowerment
Center for Survivor Empowerment
As a faculty or staff member, you are an integral part of the campus community. Faculty and staff may be in positions where they are able to identify students who are in crisis, as well as provide referrals and support to students who are recovering from a trauma. The following information may provide you with guidance in recognizing and helping a student in distress.

Indicators of Distress

Below are general indicators that a student may be having difficulty coping with a trauma such as sexual assault.

ACADEMIC INDICATORS

  • Deterioration in quality of work
  • A drop in grades
  • A negative change in classroom performance
  • Missed assignments
  • Repeated absences from class
  • Disorganized or erratic performance
  • Continual seeking of special accommodations (extensions, postponed examination)
  • Essays or creative work portraying extremes of hopelessness, social isolation, rage, or despair

INTERPERSONAL INDICATORS

  • Direct statements indicating distress or other difficulties
  • Unprovoked anger or hostility
  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or more animated than usual)
  • Excessive dependency
  • Expression of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Peers expressing concern about a fellow student
  • If you have a hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong

PHYSICAL INDICATORS

  • Deterioration in physical appearance
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Visible changes in weight
  • Indications of substance abuse or chemical dependency

SAFETY RISK INDICATORS

  • Any written note or verbal statement which has a sense of finality or suicidal ideation
  • Essays or papers that focus on hopelessness, helplessness, despair, suicide, or death
  • Severe depression
  • Self-destructive or self-injurious behaviors
  • Any other behavior which seems out of control or extreme

Contact Information

Ronee Rice

Aigler Alumni Building
Tiffin, OH 44883

419-448-2175

Our Team

Ronee Rice
Project Coordinator for the DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women Grant
Aigler Alumni Building 2175
419-448-2175
Ronee Rice