Concerned About a Student

If you are unsure what to do, please contact:
Tracy Spencer
Student Affairs Case Manager
(306) 966-5757
tracy.spencer@usask.ca

Student behavior requiring immediate attention
In cases where a student’s behavior poses an imminent threat to themselves or others, call 911 or Protective Services at 306-966-5555.

Distress has the potential to compromise academic and interpersonal functioning. Those who work directly with students often see signs of distress and are in a unique position to reach out. While there are several support services for students, an initial conversation or inquiry about a student's wellbeing can have a significant impact, often prompting them to access timely help or makes the changes necessary to ensure their academic situation isn't jeopardized. 

Below are some ways you can help.

Ways You Can Help

  1. Learn the signs of Distress
  2. Start a Conversation with the Student
    An initial conversation or inquiry about a student’s wellbeing can have a significant impact, often prompting them to access timely help or makes the changes necessary to ensure their academic situation isn’t jeopardized.
  3. Seek Guidance or Advice
    There are people and services on campus to assist you in dealing with distressed students. Common reasons for consulting include determining the seriousness of a situation and how quickly it needs to be addressed, as well as reviewing or developing a plan for responding.

    Consultation options:
    • Consider consulting with a colleague, supervisor, department head, associate dean, or other trusted member of the U of S community
    • Student Counselling Services 306-966-4920
      When a student’s distress is interfering with academic functioning and you have questions about the following: seriousness of the situation, how best to intervene, how to deliver ‘bad news, what accommodations may be appropriate, what services are available, and when and how to refer students to counselling services
    • Student Affairs Case Manager 306-966-5757  - Coordinator of The Students of Concern Advisory Team (SOCAT)
      • To report a situation of concern that you think has the potential to develop into something more serious 
      • When a situation is likely to require multiple supports or interventions
      • When a student is engaging in threatening or seriously disruptive behaviour
      • When a traumatic event occurs on campus
      • Learn more about the Students of Concern Advisory Team
    • Protective Services 306-966-5555 (24 hours)
      When there is threatening behaviour, violence, stalking, or immediate danger
    • Mobile Crisis  306-933-6200
      When you require after-hours consultation regarding an urgent situation