Responding to Persons in Distress

Many people experience challenges related to academics, finances, transportation, family, relationships, and physical and mental illness. A majority of the time they are able to successfully manage the challenges and demands of college life, but for some persons these challenges become overwhelming and unmanageable on their own.

Owens Community College is committed to promoting the well-being and safety of its community members and the integrity of its learning process. Faculty and staff members have a unique role in that they may witness or become aware of a person in distress in the classroom, in their office environment, or in their workplace on campus. The expression of concern and support a faculty or staff member may provide to a person could make a critical difference in their academic career and personal life, and may dramatically impact the manner with which a situation is brought to resolution.

If you encounter a person in crisis, experience a person in distress, or observe a person that is threatening danger to self or others, please refer to the Distressed Person Response Guides below. The response guide will assist you in determining the most appropriate referral source. If you have questions with regard to responding to persons in distress, please contact Danielle Filipchuk at (567) 661-7970 or the Department of Public Safety at (567) 661-7575.