Distressed Student Reporting Protocol


The goal of this protocol is to foster student success and well-being. It serves as a guide for students, faculty and staff in supporting distressed students and help them to obtain the necessary interventions as soon as possible. This protocol is an important tool in reporting incidents of problem behaviour in and outside the lecture hall that fall below the behavioural expectations of the university. 

The responsibility of reporting concerning behaviours is a collective one that falls on distressed student himself/herself, their peers, staff and faculty. Therefore, it is important for all stakeholders to follow a collaborative pathway to seek urgent help whenever any distressed situation is observed. 

In such situations, you might need to follow the protocol to obtain help in dealing with the situation. Peers, staff and faculty may want to refer a distressed student to obtain help when any of the following is observed:

  • Excessive or inappropriate anger
  • Sudden behaviour or emotional change
  • Social withdrawal
  • Sudden change in hygiene and appearance 
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Unusual or abrupt changes in behaviours or behaviour patterns
  • Uncharacteristically decreased performance in academic output
  • Resistance to change or reasonable limits, behaviours, or low self-esteem
  • Significant change in life circumstances such as loss of a relationship
  • Perceived rejection or injustice