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 StudentsSlavin Center 104Phone: 401.865.1782Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
The Personal Counseling CenterLower Bedford HallPhone: 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 ChaplainSt. Dominic ChapelPhone: 401.865.2216 (Office); 401.865.1333 (Answering Service)Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
The Student Health CenterLower Bedford HallPhone: 401.865.2422Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm
The Office of Residence LifeSlavin Center 105Phone: 401.865.2392Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pmHall Director On-Call: 401.639.9110 (24/7)
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 Carefully: Distressed students need to be acknowledged, heard, and helped. Many students will have trouble articulating or identifying their 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.