Teaching the Whole Student
This page is authored and maintained by the Student Success Team at Moravian College
From time to time it is likely that staff will come into contact with a student they are concerned for or who they feel are demonstrating concerning behaviors. All students go through a time of adjustment when they begin college; it is normal for students to experience anxiety or sadness to some degree in their time at college, as they try to figure out how and where they fit. Concern should come when the distress to the student is in excess of what would be expected or if there is significant impairment in social or educational functioning.
Staff are not expected to diagnose a student’s situation, but are asked to recognize when a student is in trouble and to connect them to appropriate resources. Staff may need to call 911 or campus police if a student is a threat to himself or others, or staff may just need to provide redirection or a private meeting if a student is being disruptive in class. A SHARE referral should be made when staff has a concern about a student’s well-being, such as mental health concerns or unmet needs such as housing or food scarcity. If there are concerns regarding a student’s academics, a flag in Momentum should be raised. Resources such as the Title IX Coordinator (for gender- or sex-based violence or discrimination) and the Counseling Center should be utilized to help support students and provide additional referrals as needed.
For more information, please click here for additional guidance to help you identify resources that are available.
Specifics about online resources for Fall 2020
The transition to online learning may be bringing about new challenges and concerns for students, and may adjust how students and faculty/staff can access the resources available. In this new era of teaching and learning, please keep a few additional adaptations in mind:
- If you have a concern about student that you are engaging through a virtual environment, calling Campus Police will rarely be necessary unless there is an immediate threat to the student or others. This would likely be a direct threat and would actually need the police in the student’s jurisdiction to get involved. Therefore, if you are concerned about a student who is off campus, please call 911 and then follow up by submitting a SHARE form to communicate the action taken.
- Mo’s Cupboard remains accessible daily from 11 am - 1 pm and all student ID cards should still gain access. Additionally, students, including those who are not physically on campus, can email firstname.lastname@example.org if there are additional ways the College can support them during this time.
- The Counseling Center is open. Staff are working remotely and teletherapy services are being provided via video. To schedule a teletherapy session, students can call (610-861-1510) or email email@example.com. Phone messages and emails are checked during regular business hours (M-F, 8am-4:30pm). In a crisis or emergency, please contact Campus Police (if on campus) or call 911. Students are also encouraged to follow the Counseling Center on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MoravianCC/) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/moraviancounseling/) and sign up for their announcement emails by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Campus Police remains a 24/7 resource at 610-861-1421. Student Life and Counseling Center staff continue to serve in a 24/7 on-call capacity to respond to after-hours emergency or crisis situations. However, depending on the location of the student in crisis, Campus Police may assist in involving the appropriate crisis response line in that student’s jurisdiction.
- SHARE continues to receive and respond to reports and has been meeting on its typical schedule. Reports can be submitted using this form. Since many students are off campus at this time, it would be helpful when submitting a report to note what modes of contact have been made with the student. (in-person, video, phone, email, etc.). Please remember that the SHARE team is not an emergency response team. Call 911 and/or Campus Police if you believe a student may pose an immediate threat to themselves or others.
- To view an article written in The Mighty regarding ableism in your syllabus, "Twitter User Shares Ableist College Syllabus That Outlines Harmful Policies", please click here.