Helping Students in Crisis

Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants are often among the first to spot the signs that a student is in crisis. Find out what you can do to help by exploring these resources:

Faculty/Staff 911 Guide: Produced by the Division of Student Affairs, this publication offers steps faculty and staff can take to connect students with appropriate on-campus resources.

UA Counseling Center: The UA Counseling Center provides consultation services for faculty, staff, and others who interact with students and want to know how they can help a student who appears distressed. The center’s website offers a list of distress signals and guidelines for intervention, and tips for referring a student to the center.

Responding to parents

If a parent expresses concern about a student’s welfare, advise him or her to contact the Dean of Students office at (205) 348-3326 or the Parent Helpline at 1-800-392-2777. For evening or weekend emergencies, call the UA Police Department at (205) 348-5454.

Becoming a resource

The University offers two training programs for faculty and staff members and graduate assistants interested in joining a visible network of allies for students in crisis:

UA Safe Zone Program: This program trains people who are interested in becoming allies for the LGBTQ community at the University and can answer your questions about resources for dealing with harassment, discrimination, homophobia, coming out, and related issues.

Harbor: Offered through the Women’s Resource Center, this program trains members of the UA community in understanding the resources available to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.