Student of Concern Consultation

Student of Concern Consultation is a service offered by Student Life that partners with our campus departments, faculty, and staff by fostering collaboration and offering recommendations regarding issues concerning our students.

We do this through two primary methods:

1:1 or Small Group Consultations

  • Consultation Meetings to discuss student concerns
  • Drafting emails to students
  • Brainstorming/ planning for student meetings
  • Discussing pathways for resource referrals

Campus-wide Student of Concern Committee Consultations

  • Consultation Meetings with representation from student support units across campus

Generally, matters begin with a 1:1 consultation and are forwarded to the Student of Concern Committee as appropriate. 

Get support for a student who is in distress:

Student of Concern Consultation is not an emergency resource. If you would like to request non-emergency support through Student of Concern Consultation, please email [email protected]

If you believe there is a threat of harm to the student or others in the community, immediately contact UCPD:

  • Call 911 from any campus phone or (415) 476-6911 from a non-campus phone.
  • Non-Emergency: (415) 476-1414

If a student is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis:

  • If it is a non-life-threatening, urgent issue during business hours, the student can contact Student Mental Health and Wellbeing at (415) 476-1281.
  • If the student is experiencing an urgent mental health issue and Student Mental Health and Wellbeing is closed, the student can call (415) 476-1281, option 2.

Identifying a student who is in distress:

You may be the first person to recognize that a student is in distress. Graduate and professional students may feel alone, isolated, and even hopeless when faced with academic and life challenges. These feelings can disrupt academic performance and impact a student’s wellbeing.

Indicators of distress

Academic indicators

  • Sudden decline in quality of work and grades
  • Repeated absences
  • Bizarre content in writings or presentations
  • Student seeking more personal rather than academic counseling during office hours

Physical indicators

  • Marked change in physical appearance including deteriorating in grooming, hygiene, weight loss/ gain
  • Excessive fatigue/ sleep disturbance
  • Intoxication, hung over, or smelling of alcohol
  • Disoriented or “out of it”

Psychological indicators

  • Self-disclosure of personal distress: family problems, financial difficulties, contemplating suicide, grief
  • Excessive tearfulness, panic reactions, irritability, or unusual apathy
  • Verbal abuse
  • Expressions of concern about student by their peers

Safety risk indicators

  • Unprovoked anger or hostility
  • Implying or making a direct threat to harm self or others
  • Communicating threats via email, correspondence, texting, phone calls, or social media
  • Academic assignments dominated by themes of extreme hopelessness, rage, worthlessness, “a cry for help”

Additional Support

Student Resources

For additional student resources, please visit:

Request a training

Student of Concern Consultation provides training to UCSF community members who would like to learn more about resources for supporting students and consulting on student concerns. To request a training, please email [email protected].