Supporting Our Students
How do I support a student who discloses concerning information?
It can be surprising, stressful or even overwhelming to have a student disclose information that has you concerned for their wellbeing. It is normal and valid to feel any range of emotions when a disclosure occurs.
First, depending on the context of the conversation and the relationship you have with the student, the most student-centered approach is to ask the student directly what kind of support they would like, if any.
Below is some information on the various options in connecting a student with support:
Option 1: Connect the student with Care Center by providing our office's information
If the student consents, you may provide us with their safe email (email only monitored by the student) for us to reach out and schedule an appointment directly with them.
Option 2: Connect the student with the UNLV Support Team.
If working with the student to connect to the Care Center doesn't feel like the best option, you can submit a UNLV Support Team Referral Form, and a member of the team will reach out to the student directly. Please provide as much accurate & honest information as possible when submitting your referral. Once a member reaches out, the student can choose to accept or not accept the team's assistance.
NOTE: Our office is a member of UNLV Support Team, and will be forwarded any referral that includes relationship violence, sexual violence, family violence and stalking.
Option 3: If the student is in immediate danger, calling the police is an option.
Please note, we encourage you to have this option be as student-guided as possible and also to consider the student's potential relationship with law enforcement.
If you're unsure which option works best for the student and you, please contact us at CareCenter@unlv.edu, and we will do our best to provide guidance.