To promote student success within a safe and productive living and learning environment at the UW-Superior by: identifying students involved in disruptive or at-risk behaviors; determining appropriate steps to protect the student and the community; and, developing proactive approaches to trends that emerge in student behavior.
Scope of Concern
The Dean's Council:
- Serves as a centralized network for the prevention of and/or early intervention in university or community situations in which students are experiencing extreme distress or where students are engaging in activities that are harmful or disruptive to themselves or the university community.
- Serves as a clearinghouse for problematic behavior of any member of the campus community, to assist in referring these individuals to appropriate resources.
- Provides collaborative consultation in developing strategies to address concerns regarding students' well-being or at-risk behaviors.
- Develops proactive educational outreach to inform the campus community of appropriate, acceptable behavior.
- Assesses situations in the university community and recommends actions in accordance with appropriate policy.
The Council consists of the following regular representatives with others added as dictated by the situation:
- Dean of Students
- Associate Dean of Students (convener)
- Director of Health and Counseling Services
- Director of Campus Safety
- Director of Residence Life
- Assistant Director of Residence Life
- Director of Student Support Services
The Associate Dean of Students serves as the convener of the team.
Reasons to Contact the Dean's Council
All members of the university community are encouraged to contact the Dean's Council to report incidents or behavior of concern. Behaviors suggesting a student in distress include:
- Hostile, aggressive or otherwise disruptive behavior
- Talking or writing about death, suicide, homicide
- Threats or references to harming others or evidence of harm to self
- Inability to communicate clearly
- Disjointed thoughts, garbled or slurred speech
- Loss of contact with reality
- Unexplained crying, irritability, anxiety, or anger
- Lowering of academic performance, decreased ability to concentrate, changes in attendance
- Beliefs or actions at odds with reality; seeing or hearing things that are not there
- Changes in personal hygiene, dress or appetite
- Comments idolizing school shooters, etc.