Metropolitan Community College offers procedures and resources for students, faculty and staff to address student distress, concerning behaviors and conflicts affecting the college community. This involves a balance of individuals' rights, the safety of the campus community and the preservation of the educational environment.
We want to support our students who may be experiencing challenges that may hinder their educational goals. Refer students, at the earliest point possible by submitting a SHARE form so we can provide intervention to connect them to on and off campus resources.
The following are examples of situations that should be reported through the SHARE process:
- Self-disclosure of personal distress such as family problems, financial difficulties, depression, grief, or thoughts of suicide
- Excessive worry, tearfulness, panic reactions, irritability, or unusual apathy
- Unusual/disproportional emotional response to events
- Delusions and paranoia
- Verbal abuse (e.g., taunting, badgering, intimidation)
- Expressions of concern about the student by his/her peers
- Sudden decline in quality of work and grades
- Repeated absences
- Continuous classroom disruptions
- Multiple requests for extensions
- Disturbing content in writing or presentations (e.g. violence, death themes)
- Overly demanding of faculty and staff time and attention
- You find yourself focusing more on personal topics, rather than academic, during office hours
- Marked changes in physical appearance including deterioration in grooming, hygiene, or weight loss/gain
- Excessive fatigue/severe sleep disturbance
- Abandonment of previously enjoyed activities, social withdrawal
- Intoxication, hangovers, or smelling of alcohol
- Drug use or abuse
- Inappropriate or complete lack of emotion
- Disoriented or appearing “out of it”
Safety Risk Signs
- Suicidal thoughts
- Unprovoked anger or hostility
- Physical violence
- Making implied or direct threats to harm self or others
- Academic assignments dominated by themes of extreme hopelessness, rage, worthlessness, isolation, despair, acting out, suicidal ideations/violent behaviors—a “cry for help”
- Stalking or harassing behavior
HOW DO YOU REPORT?
The easiest way to share information is through the online Student Help and REferral (SHARE) form.
IMMINENT SITUATIONS OR THREATENING BEHAVIOR: Remember: Safety First!
If you are concerned for your own or others’ safety, do not hesitate to call MCC College Police 531-622-2222 or 911.
Faculty AND STAFF Resources
Disruptive and Dangerous Behaviors handout
Student Advocacy and Accountability Contact
Julie A Langholdt, Dean of Student Advocacy and Accountability, 531-622-2202