Faculty and Staff Resources
If this is an emergency and you need immediate help call the UNC Police 970-351-2245.
If you are concerned about a student’s distressed or disruptive behavior and are not sure how to approach them, please contact Student Outreach and Support at 970-351-2001. We are interested in assisting you to provide healthy and productive learning environments that are safe for everyone.
Possible Signs of Distress
- Change in academic performance or behavior
- Excessive absence or tardiness
- Exaggerated emotional responses
- Feelings of depression
- Excessive confusion
- Verbal or written references to suicide
Examples of Disruptive Behavior
- Distractions in class
- Yelling or screaming
- Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention
- Intimidating or harassing words or actions
Understanding Grief and Loss
Many people may experience grief and loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we all experience grief in different ways, some common reactions to grief include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increase in risky behaviors (alcohol use, drug use, etc)
- Loss of interest in work or other activities
To better understand how individuals manage grief and loss, please take some time to review the following videos:
Ongoing Impacts of COVID-19
We have all experienced adjustments in day-to-day life. With the many adjustments that have been made, we continue to experience the effects of the pandemic on an ongoing basis. Individuals may be impacted by the following:
- Long term effects from catching COVID-19 such as, but not limited to: fatigue; shortness of breath; depression; headaches; fevers; heart palpitations; abnormalities with their heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs; and neurological symptoms such as brain fog, loss of taste and/or smell, memory issues and trouble sleeping.
- The need to work extra hours to compensate for income lost during lockdowns or unemployment.
- High anxiety due to worrying about themselves and loved ones.
- Increased feelings of isolation and loneliness which can lead to issues with both mental and physical health.
Student Referral Options
If you know a student who is experiencing stressors that are having a direct impact on their academic performance and attendance, the following referrals or options can be considered:
- Referral to their professors to discuss adjustments or extensions on course assignments and deadlines as well as options for Incompletes.
- Referral to academic advisor to discuss withdrawal options.
- Referral to Student Outreach and Support for additional resources or guidance.