WSU’s Student Care Network is dedicated to supporting student success across the system through early intervention. Each WSU location has access to a Student Care Team comprised of professionals who can recommend appropriate resources and services that can help students succeed.
If you have a concern about a student’s well-being, behavior, or academic performance, please submit it to your colleagues via the Student Care Network. We will contact you to gather additional information, talk about the situation, and identify next steps. Reports can also be submitted anonymously.
Types of Concerning Behavior
Faculty and staff are often first to recognize when a student is struggling and struggling looks different for all students. Below are some examples of behavior that a student of concern may be exhibiting.
Disruptive Classroom Behavior
- Aggressive behavior
- Excessive Absenteeism
- Inappropriate boundaries
Physical and Mental Health Concerns
- Changes in academic performance
- Difficulties sleeping
- Changes in eating habits
- Symptoms of depression or anxiety
- Lack of responsiveness or emotional expression
- Extreme or sudden changes in behavior
- Extreme mood swings
- Insolation or alienation from others.
- Unusual or erratic behavior
- Clear signs of distress
- Changes in appearance or hygiene
- Substance use or abuse
- Cutting or other self-harming behaviors
- Threatening words or actions
- Violent or aggressive behavior
- Homicidal thoughts or ideations
- Fascination with violence, weapons, fire or ammunition
- Disturbing written material or classroom discussion
- Direct statements threatening harm to others
- Written or verbal expression of suicidal ideation
- Suicidality, including threats, gestures, thoughts or attempts
- Pre-occupation with dying
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Engaging in risky or reckless behaviors
- Giving away belongings without logical explanation
Student Care Network Process
1. Your concern is submitted to our network and the appropriate care team members are notified.
2. We will reach out to you to gather any additional information and identify resources.
3. Together, we will determine the best course of action for helping the student. Response time is typically one business day.
Early intervention is key to student success.
Remember: If a student poses an immediate threat to themselves or to others, call 911.