If this is an immediate life threatening emergency Call 911

As a rule of thumb, it is best to refer a student to the University Counseling Center if your concern is beyond your level of training and experience. In some situations, you will have to make a judgment call; in others a referral is imperative.

Imperative Referral

A student should always be referred to the Counseling Center if he or she is...

  • Suicidal
  • Severely Depressed
  • Abusing Substances (drugs, alcohol)
  • Practicing Self-Injurous Behaviors (cutting, burning, etc.)
  • Experiencing Physical or Emotional Trauma
  • Sexually Assaulted
  • Experiencing an Eating Disorder
  • Having a Panic Attack
  • Suddenly or dramatically changing his or her behavior
    (includes appetite, sleep, and mood)
  • Unable to care for themself
  • Severely distorted thoughts
    (i.e., hearing or seeing things that aren't there; severe paranoid thinking, etc.)


Suggested Referral

In these and other instances, referral to the Counseling Center may be advised. Consult with us if you are not sure!

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Career and Academic Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Grief and Loss
  • Personal Growth Issues


If you are in doubt, feel free to contact the University Counseling Center for a consultation or
call 911 in an emergency.