Student of Concern and Early Alert Program

Development of the Student of Concern Program
The Student of Concern program was developed in the summer of 2010 to assist students who may be having difficulty adjusting to the Friends University community or who may need additional support to be successful in the University environment.

Goal of the Student of Concern Program

The goal of Student of Concern Program is to identify students who appear to be troubled or troubling and intervene before the situation reaches a crisis level.

To this end, we require the support and participation of students, staff, faculty, and parents to provide information to the vice president of Student Affairs. The Student of Concern committee which may include, as needed, members of Campus and Career Transitions, Security, Campus and Community Development, Counseling, Health and Wellness, ADA, International Advising, Campus Ministries, Athletics staff, vice president of Student Affairs, academic advisors and faculty. The committee will evaluate the information and determine the most appropriate way to support the individual student.

How the Student of Concern Program Operates
An initial report comes to the vice president of Student Affairs who may forward to appropriate committee members. A specific Student of Concern form is available in the Student Affairs Office or by clicking here.

The Student of Concern Committee members may include, but are not limited to: Campus and Career Transitions, Security, Campus and Community Development, Counseling, Health and Wellness, ADA, International Advising, Campus Ministries, Athletics staff, vice president of Student Affairs, academic advisors and faculty.

In the majority cases, an initial contact is attempted, either asking the student to meet with the vice president of Student Affairs, in non-critical cases, or with the counseling center, in critical cases. Research is done prior to these meetings by contacting a student’s advisor, residence life staff, professors, and/or athletic coaches, as appropriate, to gain additional information.

At this initial meeting, the student is presented with the reason for the concern and the situation is discussed. The majority of students are relieved to discuss their situation and grateful for intervention efforts. Occasionally, students are resistant to intervention so the situation is then further evaluated.

Parent involvement is not standard in these cases but, in more serious cases, parents may be notified. We attempt to partner with parents to make the best decisions for their student’s health and welfare. Families have also participated by referring their students to this program.

Students of Concern data is considered confidential and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protections would apply to all records kept by the University.

For additional information, please contact Preston Todd, Director of Student Retention and Initiatives at todd@friends.edu or 316-295-5623.