Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress

Acknowledging and responding to the differential impact of the pandemic on students and student learning is crucial for promoting equity and access in the classroom.  Being alert to and recognizing signs of distress is also critical if students are to get the forms of support they need -- support that may be harder to access during this period of social isolation. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) has created a guide, “Recognizing & Responding to Students in Distress,” that enumerates indicators of distress and outlines measures faculty can take to refer students to the help they need.  CPS is also available to consult with faculty regarding concerns about students and steps they might take. 

Additional resources aimed at maintaining student well-being and supporting students during crisis may be found on the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS) website. Residential College Deans and Directors of Studies are key points of contact and sources of assistance for faculty as well as students themselves. The Office of Graduate Student Life has also created a webpage that summarizes available health and wellness resources expressly for Princeton graduate students.