As faculty and staff members, you may be the first to notice a student who is experiencing difficulty. However, you do not have to take on the role of counselor or diagnose a student. If appropriate, you may want to have a direct conversation with the student to gather more information and express your concern. We do recommend you offer resource referral information.

To refer a student to BIT, complete the referral form. Additionally, when you notice signs of distress, you may consult with staff in these areas about your observations:  

  • Counseling Center for mental health concerns (765-285-1736, after hours and weekends call University Police 765-285-1111 or 911) 
  • Health Center for physical health concerns (765-285-8431)  
  • Office of Student Conduct for concerns related to the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities  (765-285-5036)  
  • University Police for immediate emergencies concerning health and safety (5-1111 or 911) from a campus phone or (765-285-1111) from your cell or other phone.

Indicators of Distress

Often, there are indicators that a student is experiencing distress long before a situation escalates to a crisis. To assist our students in maintaining their mental health and maximizing their intellectual growth, it is important to identify difficulties as early as possible. The presence of one or more of the following indicators alone does not necessarily mean that the student is experiencing severe distress. However, the more indicators you notice, the more likely it is that the student needs help. When in doubt, consult with the Counseling Center at 765-285-1736.

Indicators of Distress:

  • Marked changes in performance or behavior
  • Unusual behavior or appearance  
  • Reference to suicide, homicide, or death  
  • Problems in social relationships  
  • Traumatic or stressful events  
  • Alcohol and drug use