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Student Centred Campus Resources

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This page will direct you to a variety of campus resources for students. Believe it or not, you could be the only person at the University a student feels they know and you are the one who opens the door to the vast array of services, resources, and opportunities. Sometimes, students will present questions or issues beyond the normal scope of the teacher-student relationship. We hope these links will be useful to you in becoming knowledgeable about the kinds of resources that students have available to them and equips you to refer students appropriately and confidently.

How to respond when students share personal problems with instructors, Susan Bens:

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Academic Support

Many students want to learn how to perform better academically. For some, it may be about getting by, and for others it will be about meeting academic standards for scholarships, honours lists, or admission to a selective program. It may be that you have introduced an assignment or requirement that is brand new to your students, like referencing protocols or research paper writing or university-level multiple choice exam questions. While many instructors will invite their students to come to them for direct advice and help, some students may be more comfortable asking their questions of others. Either way, normalizing help-seeking and the desire to build one's academic skill set, is a tremendous opportunity that you have as a teacher. Often it is helpful to tell a personal story of getting academic help. When students see that you too had to learn how to be a successful student, they may feel more comfortable accessing your advice and that of others.

Crisis Support

When students indicate they are facing a complex personal difficulty or crises, as an instructor, you can show your genuine concern and compassion by referring students to campus resources. This also allows you to set appropriate boundaries with students about your role as their teacher. Sometimes, it can be appropriate to make a call to the service to let them know you've recommended a student contact them or you might want to accompany a student to the office. When in doubt about how to help or how to interpret something a student has said or done, you should feel completely comfortable and welcome to call Campus Safety, Student Counselling, or Student Health.

Financial Support

Students facing financial difficulty can access several forms of advice and support at the University of Saskatchewan. Emergency loans, government student loans, scholarships and awards, and part-time job opportunities may all be appropriate sources. Students facing serious financial crisis may need thoughtful advice about withdrawal from classes and tuition reimbursement or payment options.

Engagement and Student Life

Being involved in campus life and having positive social networks is often what keeps students committed to their academic goals, even through tough times when they may feel like quitting. Encourage students to get involved and consider telling your own stories of campus life, friendships, or connections that enriched your own educational experience. Especially beneficial for some students is studying in campus facilities, joining study groups, or finding other places of social connection on campus. Libraries, cafeterias, museums, computer labs, student lounges and cultural centres, can all become places where students find they achieve a sense of belonging with other pursuing academic goals. Clubs, student government, recreational sport teams are also examples of engagement activities that can benefit students