U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

Consultation Services

CAPS offers opportunities for staff and faculty members to consult with a CAPS staff member about any concerns about students or other issues that may arise.

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What to Do in an Urgent Situation With a Student

Sometimes an urgent situation involving a student might arise in your classroom, office, in your department lounge area, or when a student raises thoughts in writing that raise your level of concern.




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Concerns About Student's Writing

Recent events at universities around the country have made faculty, staff and students more aware of college student mental health, including issues involving student suicides and violence. Although these tragic occurrences are relatively uncommon, the heightened awareness of those few events has led many members of university communities to ask what they can do to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus. Unfortunately, there is no way to be 100% sure whether individual students have the potential to act violently toward themselves or others.  These judgments are difficult and depend on many factors, and all such situations must be handled sensitively.  Still, faculty members and GSIs can act in such a way that the rights of everyone involved are respected and supported.