The most appropriate response to students who disclose their personal concerns to you is to:
- Empathize with their feelings and be genuinely supportive.
Keep your own limits in mind;
do not get more involved in the student’s life than is comfortable or appropriate for you (in terms of how long the conversations continue, how frequently personal conversations occur, when and where they take place, and how much is expected of you).
For students who seem to need more than you are able or willing to provide, or if professional counseling seems necessary, refer the student to UCS. Tell the student that UCS is there to provide confidential assistance to students managing problems like theirs. For more information and advice on dealing with emotionally troubled students, call UCS and request a phone or in-office consultation.
While it is important to respect the student’s privacy, faculty or staff members are not bound by professional standards of confidentiality, as are licenced clinicians. There are times when it is appropriate and necessary to discuss concerns and observations about a troubled student with others who might be helpful. For example, Title IX requires that when an individual who is a "responsible employee" learns of sex discrimination, including sexual or relationship violence, the responsible employee is required to promptly report specific information about the situation to DePaul's Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate designees.
At DePaul, all DePaul faculty and staff who have not otherwise been designated as confidential reporting resources are responsible employees.
Additionally, the Dean of Students Office can work with faculty on resource and support referrals. Please feel free to contact an Assistant Dean of Students for more information.