Information for Faculty and Staff
The Offices of the Dean of Students provides opportunities and experiences that support student learning and personal development, as well as help students with issues affecting their academic and personal life at Binghamton University. Case Management was established to provide an entry point for students who need assistance solving problems. To that end, we want to work in cooperation with you and become a solution-center for students as they experience difficulties.
One significant way we can work together is in identifying and providing help to students in distress. You're often the front line for identifying these students, and we want to work with you to find a successful resolution for everyone.
Providing a safety net for our students
As you begin to create your syllabi we recommend that you include one of the following examples of information:
Syllabi Insert #1:
If you are experiencing undue personal or academic stress at any time during the semester or need to talk with someone about a personal problem or situation, I encourage you to seek support as soon as possible. I am available to talk with you about stresses related to your work in my class. Additionally, I can assist you in reaching out to any one of a wide range of campus resources, including:
- Dean of Students Office: 607-777-2804
- Decker Student Health Services Center: 607-777-2221
- University Police: On campus emergency, 911
- University Counseling Center: 607-777-2772
- Interpersonal Violence Prevention: 607-777-3062
- Harpur Advising: 607-777-6305
- Office of International Student & Scholar Services: 607-777-2510
Main campus 607-777-2388
University Downtown Center office 607-777-2388
- Services for Students with Disabilities: 607-777-2686 (Voice, TTY)
Syllabi Insert #2:
In the event that you choose to write or speak about experiencing or surviving sexual violence, including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and rape, please keep in mind that federal and state laws require that, as your instructor, I notify the Title IX Coordinator, Andrew Baker. He will contact you and provide you with on and off campus resources and discuss your options with you. If you would like to disclose your experience confidentially, you can contact University Counseling Center, Decker Student Health Services, Harpur’s Ferry, Ombudsman, or Campus Ministry. For more information, please go to https://www.binghamton.edu/ivp/ or https://www.binghamton.edu/rmac/title-ix/.
Syllabi Insert #3:
Diminished mental health, including significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, or problems with eating and/or sleeping can interfere with optimal academic performance. The source of symptoms might be largely related to your course work; if so, I invite you to speak with me (or your other professors) directly. However, problems with relationships, family worries, loss, or a personal struggle or crisis can also contribute to decreased academic performance, and may require additional professional support. Binghamton University provides a variety of support resources: the Dean of Students Office and University Counseling Center offer coaching on ways to reduce the impact to your grades. Both of these resources can help you manage personal challenges that impact your well-being or ability to thrive at Binghamton University. Accessing them, especially early on, as symptoms develop, can help support your academic success as a University student.
In the event I feel you could benefit from such support, I will express my concerns (and the reasons for them) to you and remind you of our resources. While I do not need to know the details of what is going on for you, your ability to share some of your situation with me will help me connect you with the appropriate support.
Additionally, if you are concerned that a student is exhibiting personality or behavioral changes such as a lack of interest or engagement with others or signs of aggression, completing a referral form for the CARE Team would be a great first step and can:
- Help to coordinate the University response to students who demonstrate violence, threats to self or others, or are significantly disruptive.
- Develop action plans intended to support student and community safety, prevent violence, support student development and maintain a campus environment conducive to learning.
- Consult with faculty, staff and students involved in or affected by a student's behavior, and other individuals as appropriate.
The committee's goal is to foster early identification of concerns about students. Early review of problematic situations can reduce the impact to a student and/or the classroom, social or living environment.
To notify case management of your concern please complete the referral form here and a CARE Team member will respond within the next business day. If you are unsure and would like to discuss your concern before making a referral, you may also call to consult with a case manager at 607-777-2804.
When consulting with the case manager only those with a need-to-know will be brought into the circle of information. Consulting with the case manager does not mean the student of concern's situation is automatically brought to the SOC Committee.
Providing help for distressed students
If you suspect you're dealing with a distressed student, we recommend taking action at the first sign of a problem. Our end goal, of course, is to allow for the learning process to continue.
Our office can assist by:
- helping to centralize information about students of concern; if the individual causes a problem in a classroom, chances are he/she is having problems in other places on campus
- providing advice about how to approach a student of concern; we work with many academic and Student Affairs offices that will provide assistance to you and the student
- coordinating disciplinary action and/or mental health assistance for the student in question if there is a need
Signs to help identify a distressed student
- the once organized, timely and cooperative student doesn't seem to be that way now
- the student may be unusually quiet or absent
- the student may not communicate (doesn't talk or do assignments as needed, or appropriately)
- the student’s demeanor or appearance may change
- the student may be quietly distressed – perhaps depressed or forlorn; these students may take longer to notice than angry, belligerent or disorganized students
- the student may be angry, belligerent or disorganized; we always recommend that behavior be addressed first and these students should be confronted regarding their behavior
Note: Allow the student to disclose what is distressing him/her. If others have information, the Office of the Dean of Students can help collect the information, as appropriate, in a case conference format.
Signs to help identify a disruptive student
- the student writes outrageously violent stories and doesn't want constructive – or any – feedback
- the student interrupts and curses at random times, but doesn't want to talk to the professor
- the student intimidates the professor and others
- the student stalks another person
The University Counseling Center is an important resource when dealing with distressed or disruptive students. For
specific advice and actions you can take, visit the counseling center’s webpage for faculty, which also includes links to these helpful guides: Students in Distress: The Faculty Role (.pdf 204.3kb), Responding to Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom (.pdf 200.3kb) and Responding to Disturbing Content (.pdf 193.5kb).
Student ID Pictures Available to Faculty in Portal
The my.binghamton portal now allows faculty members to access thumbnail images of students enrolled in their courses for the semester. The new feature is under the My Courses tab and uses data from the ID card system to provide a visual roster. If you are a current faculty member, log in with your CAS credentials to see this new feature. Contact the Help Desk with any questions by calling 607-777-6420 or via e-mail.