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Addressing Student Needs and Behavioral Concerns

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In this section, you'll find an overview of the protocol for reporting concerns about students and then a more specific discussion of different student issues, including academic issues (failing to complete assignments; dishonest scholarship) and behavioral issues (tardiness; attendance issues; disruptive students; writer's block; anxiety about public speaking; and emotional/psychological issues). As a general rule, the PWR Associate Director is your first point of contact for the full range of student issues. Let the Associate Director know immediately when you perceive that your students are having difficulties, whether academic or personal, in order to determine the appropriate next steps.

Protocol for Addressing Difficult Student Situations 

Understand the steps to take when you have a student that may need additional attention and support.

Addressing Tardiness and Attendance 

Check out a quick list of strategies for encouraging students to attend class and arrive on-time.

Responding to Writer's Block and Anxiety about Public Speaking 

Read some ideas on how to help students mitigate writer's block and/or anxiety about public speaking.

Addressing Academic Dishonesty 

Learn what defines academic dishonesty and how to respond to instances of plagiarism.

Helping a Student in Emotional Distress 

This page offers steps instructors can follow to respond to students who may be in emotional or psychological distress.

Responding to Disruptive Class Situations 

Sometimes, instructors will face class situations that feel hostile or unsafe. This page offers steps that instructors can follow to respond to challenging behavior.