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We recognize that it can sometimes be difficult to support students in your class, particularly when you have several hundred students per section! However, sometimes all it takes is a small effort, and including information about support in your syllabus is one way to do this. Below we have included some syllabus language that outlines support resources on campus, and encourages students to refer others or themselves when they notice behavior that worries them. We would appreciate if you consider using this language in your syllabus, and when communicating with students about your expectations for the classroom setting. Please help us promote a caring campus community by providing critical information and resources to your students.

Support resources and supporting fellow students in distress

As members of the Illinois community, we each have a responsibility to express care and concern for one another. If you come across a classmate whose behavior concerns you, whether in regards to their well-being or yours, we encourage you to refer this behavior to the Student Assistance Center (333-0050) or online at odos.illinois.edu/community-of-care/referral/. Based upon your report, staff in the Student Assistance Center reaches out to students to make sure they have the support they need to be healthy and safe.

Further, as a Community of Care, we want to support you in your overall wellness. We know that students sometimes face challenges that can impact academic performance (examples include mental health concerns, food insecurity, homelessness, personal emergencies). Should you find that you are managing such a challenge and that it is interfering with your coursework, you are encouraged to contact the Student Assistance Center (SAC) in the Office of the Dean of Students for support and referrals to campus and/or community resources. The SAC has a Dean on Duty available to see students who walk in, call, or email the office during business hours. For mental health emergencies, you can call 911 or walk-in to the Counseling Center, no appointment needed.

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