Students in Distress
Students juggle a lot: academics, jobs, and social obligations all put pressure on them. Sometimes a student’s behaviors can be a warning sign of a deeper problem that needs support. Students are often unaware of all the resources that exist on campus to support them. If you are concerned about a student reach out to SafeCampus and we can provide you with the appropriate campus resources. Call us 24/7 at 253-692-SAFE (7233).
Warning Signs that a Student is in Distress
- Change in participation level in classroom activities
- Disclosing distressing life circumstances; finances, family or relationship
- Loss of interest in normal activities; withdrawal from usual social interactions; seclusion, unwillingness to communicate
- Significantly increased activity, for instance restlessness or non-stop talking
- Suspiciousness, or feelings of being persecuted that do not seem warranted
- Inappropriate or bizarre conversation
- Unusual irritability; outbursts of anger, unexplained crying, aggressiveness, excessive anxiety
- Significant decline in personal hygiene, grooming and/or standard of dress
- A noticeable change from socially appropriate behavior
- Signs of eating disorders including significant rapid weight loss or gain
- Alcohol or drug abuse or other self-destructive behavior including evidence of self-harm
- Extreme shyness, lack of social skills, difficulty in making and keeping friends.
- Severe homesickness, graduation anxiety
- For more warning signs see additional Behaviors to Watch For
Offering Support to a Student Who is in Distress:
- Consult: Call SafeCampus to learn more about resources for students in distress and what your response options are.
- Reach out: Share with the student the behavior observations you have made and ask if they want to talk about it.
- Listen: Keep questions to a minimum and ask how you can help.
- Connect: Share campus resources with them.
SafeCampus is the central reporting office if you are concerned for yourself or a friend. We have trained specialists who will take your call, connect you with resources, and put safety measures in place to reduce the chances of violence occurring. We are available 24/7.
UW Tacoma Student of Concern
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 253-692-4801
A student of concern is any student who is displaying behaviors that may get in the way of a student’s ability to be successful in the university environment. This could mean a student experiencing crisis, displaying odd or unusual behavior, engaging in behaviors that are perceived to be harmful (to self or others), or behaviors that may be deemed academically damaging. UW Tacoma has established a referral system to identify students.
UW Tacoma Campus Safety and Security
- Emergency number 253-692-4888
- Non Emergency number 253- 692-4416
Includes campus security and safety escorts.
UW Tacoma Student Counseling Center
Student Counseling Center provides individual, couple, and group counseling, educational workshops and classroom presentations, support groups, consultation with students, faculty, and staff, and referrals, when appropriate, to community mental health and social service providers.
UWPD Victim Advocate (available to UW students and staff)
The Victim Advocate works with staff, faculty and students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. The Victim Advocate meets with individuals to offer support and guide them through their rights, options, and resources.
UW Tacoma Human Resources
We support all UWT employees: staff, faculty, and students. Our goal is to do our part in creating a positive and productive workplace.