BASIC PROGRAM INFORMATION
Development of the Student of Concern Program
The Student of Concern program was developed in the spring of 2005 to
assist students who may be having difficulty adjusting to the UT
community or who may need additional support to be successful in the
Goal of the Student of Concern Program
The goal of the Student of Concern Program is to identify students in our
community who appear to be troubled or troubling and intervene before
the student reaches a crisis level.
To this end, we require
the support and participation of students, staff, faculty and parents
to provide information to the program. The Student of
Concern committee includes, as needed, members of the
Baccalaureate Experience, International Programs, Health and Counseling
Center, Campus Safety, Residence Life and the Dean of Students Office.
The committee can then evaluate the information and determine the most
appropriate way to work with the individual student.
How the Student of Concern Program Operates
An initial report comes to a staff member in Operations and Planning, Dean of Students, Campus
Safety, Health and Counseling Center or Residence Life. A specific Student of Concern report
is available on this Web page as well as the Dean of Students, Office
of Student Conduct, and Health and Counseling Center Web pages. This
report is then forwarded to the committee for evaluation.
The Students of Concern committee is made up of the following members:
The Student of Concern Committee members may include, but are not
limited to; Office of Disabilities staff, a student’s academic
advisor, Advising Office staff, a student’s professor(s), Campus Safety officers, campus counselors, Dickey Health and Wellness Center staff and the dean of students. Monnie Wertz, assistant to the vice president of operations and planning, serves as the chair.
In the majority cases, an initial letter is sent either
asking the student to meet with a specific member of the Student of Concern Committee. Additional information may be requested prior to these meetings from a
student’s advisor, residence life staff, professors and/or athletic
coaches to provide context and verify concerning behaviors.
At this initial
meeting, the student is presented with the reason for the concern and
the situation is discussed. The majority of students are relieved to
discuss their situation and grateful for intervention efforts.
Occasionally, students are resistant to intervention so the situation
is then further evaluated. In rare instances, it is necessary to invoke
the Involuntary Withdraw Policy
Parent involvement is not standard in these cases but, in more serious
cases, parents may be notified. We attempt to partner with parents to
make the best decisions for their student’s health and welfare.
Families have also participated by referring their students to this
Students of Concern data is considered confidential
and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) protections would
apply to all records kept by the University.
For additional information, please contact Monnie Wertz, assistant to the vice president for operations and planning, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (813) 257-3757.