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Friday, September 16, 2022

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From the Vice President for Student Affairs

Posted: Friday, September 16, 2022

Beginning-of-Semester Reminder: Resources to Support Faculty, Staff in Helping Students

As we begin the semester, you may observe or interact with student in your courses, in group activities, or through other modes of communication who are struggling or may need extra support. We urge you to connect with students and remind them of the resources of the Buffalo State Care Team. Members of the Students of Concern Care Team are available to assist faculty, staff, and students by providing information, strategies, and techniques for working with students of concern on campus. When reports come in, our team reaches out to students to offer support and connect them with someone from the Care Team they can communicate with if they need help.

The Care Team seeks to identify and provide support for students who may be in distress for a variety reasons, may be considering harm to themselves, or have exhibited behavior that is concerning or disruptive. Your help in providing notice of any students of concern is essential to keeping our campus community safe. Notify the Care Team whenever a student’s behavior gives reason for uncertainty about harm so that we can investigate the situation, develop a plan for action, and follow up with appropriate intervention.

To contact the Care Team, please complete the online report form.

If you wish to invite members of the Care Team to meet with your department or office to discuss “red flag” warning signs, ways to report a concern, legal or FERPA issues, or how to respond when confronted by a student in distress, please contact Kristen Helling, associate director for student care and support, at deanofstudents@buffalostate.edu.

As a reminder, if your concern is an emergency, please call the Buffalo State University Police Department for immediate response at (716) 878-6333.

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