The AWARE Network is an online resource with a list of important student resources as well as an Assistance and Referral Form that can be completed by anyone on campus who may have concerns about a particular student. The idea is to make it convenient and easy for the campus community to bring concerns about a student’s situation to the attention of those who can help.
Information submitted through the Vancouver AWARE Network will be reviewed by the Student Care Team for appropriate follow-through. The Student Care Team includes the vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment, student conduct officer, lead psychologist and campus police lieutenant.
First, take note of warning signs. Changes in a student's style and level of functioning may indicate distress. The suddenness and extent of change may reflect the severity of the difficulty.
Please be aware of:
- Assignments not being turned in, or turned in late
- A change in frequency of absences from class
- Disinterest, apathy and hopelessness
- Disruptiveness in class (e.g., angry outbursts, acting out)
- Excessive emotional content in discussing or writing class materials
- Mention of suicide or homicide in the content of coursework
- Significant decline or deficit in self-care behaviors (e.g., personal hygiene, extreme weight loss)
- Noticeable changes in personality or behavior
- Change in perception of reality
- Significant paranoia regarding government, law enforcement, administration, etc.
Assistance and referral form
If you have reason to be concerned about a student's physical or mental health, you can complete the Assistance and Referral Form to inform appropriate university personnel.
If you are interested in consulting about a situation with a student, please call Counseling Services at 360-546-9238.