Referral Information for Faculty

Faculty members are frequently the first to observe that a student is troubled or has problematic behavior. Students might seem depressed, withdrawn, anxious, or angry.
Sometimes, he/she may appear to be agitated, overwhelmed, or seriously distracted. There is decreased attendance and quality of class work and/or assignment completion. Occasionally, students may demonstrate atypical, inappropriate or bizarre behavior or responses on exams or class assignments. All these are current signs and symptoms of psychological distress and warrant a telephone call to a psychologist at the Counseling Center if not a direct referral to the counseling center. With a student’s consent, faculty might consider escorting a student to the Counseling Center. Faculty intervention is a key and critical component in preventing a psychological crisis or campus emergency.

When to consider a referral?

  • You have questions or concerns about a student's mental state and/or behavior.     
  • The student's problems or demands are beyond your role and it appears the student might need professional help.
  • The student approaches you for immediate help and requests that you help with an appointment.


How to make a referral?


Faculty can suggest that the student call or visit the counseling center. A student can be guided to make the initial call from a private office. Again, faculty can also accompany a student to the counseling center at Marshak, J- 15.     

If you consider the situation to be an emergency, immediately contact the Counseling Center at 212 650 8222. An emergency is a suicidal or homicidal behavior, emotional or violent outbursts or psychosis. If the Counseling Center is closed, faculty needs to call Public Safety a (212) 650 7777 for quick intervention.

Communication between the counselor and student is always confidential unless the student signs a consent release for disclosure of information to a specific person (s), such as a faculty or staff member, coach, or parent.