Responding to a Student Disclosure
A staff or faculty member may be the first person a student discloses to due to the impact the student is experiencing. This may be a direct disclosure or the faculty or staff may notice that the students behavior has changed (not participating in class as they had previously, late assignments, not showing up for class or work) and the disclosure may happen when the staff or faculty member checks in with the student regarding these noticeable changes. Staff and faculty are important informal support resources for students. Within your role it is appropriate to provide initial support to a disclosure, provide information about support resources, connect the student directly to the appropriate resources, and inform the student if you are a mandatory reporter and what that means.