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Updated: Quick Guide for Helping Students

Our offices receive many calls from faculty, staff, and graduate students for resources to support and refer students who may have concerns. The Quick Guide for Helping Students, a collaboration between Student Care & Assistance, University Counseling Service, and University of Iowa Student Government, provides information, options, and ways to assist students who may experience challenging situations.

By providing this information, a faculty or staff member can quickly review what to do or how to best help a student, even when the student is still in your office. Our goal is to make it as easy-to-use as possible for faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants who would not have had some of the specialized training in assisting students. The folder is available online or in a printable PDF version on the Student Care & Assistance website: http://dos.uiowa.edu/assistance/quick-guide-for-helping-students/

University Counseling Service offers psychological services and outreach that fosters the mental health of students, nurtures student success, and contributes to a safe and welcoming campus community. University Counseling Service is available free to enrolled students and offers a variety of counseling services and approaches to best assist students in need.

The Office of the Dean of Students works to foster student learning experiences that support academic and personal development and success. Unfortunately, there are times when students encounter emergency or crisis situations, such as prolonged illness, hospitalization, a death in the family, or other incidents, that impact their ability to participate academically and socially on campus. Student Care & Assistance coordinates efforts among campus partners to assist students in accessing resources, overcoming challenges, and getting back on the path to success.

This fall may be very different than other semesters for many. We recognize the impact some of these changes and restrictions may have on the mental health and wellbeing of students during this time. Health and wellbeing are critical factors in student success and we want to help make sure you are provided the resources you need. We know this may be a difficult and challenging time, so please reach out to the resources listed as needed.

Our offices can also be contacted if additional assistance is needed. The University Counseling Service can be reached at 319-335-7294. Student Care & Assistance can be reached at 319-335-1162.

Barry A. Schreier, PhD
Director, University Counseling Service &
Professor of Counseling Psychology

Angie Reams, PhD
Associate Vice President & Dean of Students