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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) ​​​

Responding to Students of Concern

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Safety First: - Timely Response:  The welfare of the campus community is the top priority when a student displays threatening or potentially violent behavior.  Immediately call for help.  The most effective means of preventing suicide and violence is providing coordinated professional help and follow-up.

Trust your Instincts:  If you experience any sense of unease about a student, it is important to pay attention to those feelings.  Seek consultation and promptly report safety concerns and conduct code violations.

Be Proactive:  Engage students early on, pay attention to signs of distress, and set limits on disruptive behavior.

Listen Sensitively and Car​​efully: Distressed students need to be acknowledged, heard, and helped.  Many students will have trouble articulating or identifying th​​eir real issues and feelings.  Don’t be afraid to ask students directly if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, feeling confused, or having thoughts of harming themselves or others. 

Offer Support and Avoid Escalation:  Distressed students may be sensitive to criticism and/or easily provoked.  At the time of crisis, avoid comments that may seem judgmental or disapproving.  Use a calm, non-confrontational voice/tone.  Offer words that may convey hope and your desire to help.

Help them to Access Resources:  Refer students to campus departments or offices that have the necessary expertise and personnel to help them.  Direct the student to the physical location of the identified resource.  If appropriate, consider calling in advance or accompanying the student to the office that can help.​