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​​​​​​Contact Us​

For situations requiring an immediate response or involving a student in extreme distress, ​​call Public Safety​ at 401.865.2222 or ​911 (9-911 from a campus phone).​

The Office of the Dean of Students​
Slavin Center 104
Phone: 401.865.17​​​82
Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm

The Personal Counseling Center
Lower Bedford Hall​
Phone: 401.865.2343​ (Office); 401.865.1333 (Answering Service)
Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm​; Tuesday evenings by appointment only

The Office of the Chaplain
St. Dominic Chapel​
Phone: 401.865.2216 (Office); 401.865.1333 (Answering Service)
Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm

The Student Health ​​​Center
Lower Bedford Hall​
Phone: 401.865.2422​
Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm​​​

The Office of Residence Life​
Slavin Center 105
Phone: 401.865.2392
Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm​​​
Hall Director On-Call: 401.639.9110 (24/7) ​​​

Overly Persistent Demands

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Facts About Students Who are Demanding to an Unreasonable Degree:

  • Students who are demanding can be intrusive and persistent and may require excessive time and attention.
  • Demanding traits can be associated with anxiety; depression, personality problems and/or thought disorders, mania, and drug use/abuse.
  • Possible characteristics of students who are unreasonably demanding include:
    • A sense of entitlement
    • An inability to empathize
    • A need to control
    • Difficulty in dealing with ambiguity
    • Perfectionism
    • Difficulty with structure and limits
    • Dependency
    • Fears about handling life
    • Elevated mood
    • Drug use or abuse

What You Can Do

  • Talk to the student privately in a place that is safe and comfortable.
  • Remain calm and take the lead by making clear that it is a discussion, not an argument.
  • Set clear limits at the outset and hold the student to the allotted time for the discussion. Emphasize behaviors that are and aren’t acceptable.
  • Respond quickly and with clear limits to behavior that disrupts class, study sessions, or consultations.
  • Be prepared for likely manipulative requests and behaviors.
  • Call the Dean of Students Office 401.865.1782 for help with identifying strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviors.
  • Refer the student to Personal Counseling 401.865.2343 for counseling.

What You Should Avoid Doing

  • Arguing with the student.
  • Giving in to inappropriate requests.
  • Unreasonably adjusting your schedule or policies to accommodate the student.
  • Ignoring inappropriate behavior that has a negative impact on you or other students.
  • Feeling obligated to take care of the student or feeling guilty for not doing more.
  • Allowing the student to pressure or intimidate you to not deal with or to excuse the problematic behavior.