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Faculty and staff are the front lines for students in distress.

Common sources of student distress include:

  • Family problems
  • Problems with a romantic partner or spouse
  • Academic difficulty
  • Alcohol or drug problems
  • Stress
  • Depression

Signs of students experiencing distress:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Changes in class attendance
  • Changes in quality of student work
  • Changes in appearance and/or grooming
  • Sleeping in class or changes in attention

Three basic things to remember:

  1. Your expression of concern may provide the student with the motivation necessary to seek help.
  2. You are not responsible for the student's well-being or emotional health, nor are you responsible for whether or not the student seeks help.
  3. The Student Counseling Center is available to consult with you about any student you are concerned about.


The Student Counseling Center is available to consult with administrative offices, faculty, and staff about issues affecting student welfare and development, student crises, or SCC service offerings. SCC staff can help assess a difficult situation, suggest resources, and offer advice about interventions or referrals.

Some common situations in which we consult are:

  • Individuals exhibiting unusual behavior or presenting safety concerns in a classroom or residence hall.
  • Professors expressing concern about the well-being of a student.
  • Students concerned about the behaviors or habits of another student.
  • Situations in which multiple students experience a traumatic event, such as a death of a student or a national or local event impacting students.


SCC staff is also available for presentations to departments or classes on topics such as adjustment to college, stress management, and academic effectiveness.

For further information, please contact the Student Counseling Center by telephone at 605-658-3580 or by email at