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Student Outreach & Support

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Overview

College can be a very stressful time, and at BC, many students face difficult academic and personal challenges, as they venture through the rigorous academic environment and the increase of responsibility. The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to the growth of well rounded and healthy individuals by providing information and resources for faculty, students, and parents. We hope that the coordination of information and resources through this website allows staff and faculty who are concerned about a student to appropriately respond to and effectively connect students to available counseling, medical, and personal assistance and report pertinent information to the Student Outreach and Support Team in the Office of the Dean of Students.

If you would like to speak with someone regarding a student of concern please contact the Student Outreach and Support Team in the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) at 617-552-3470.  You can also submit an online report regarding a student of concern here:  Student of Concern Reporting Form.

Emergency

On-Campus: Call BCPD
at 617-552-4444
Off-Campus: Dial 911

Non-Emergency:

For a full overview of resources, click here.

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What do signs of Distress or Mental Health Crisis look like?
How can I help?

It is important to recognize when someone is having difficulty and to intervene before it becomes a crisis. If a student is already exhibiting signs of being in a state of crisis, it is important to respond appropriately. For more detailed information about the signs and what you can do to help, visit Signs of Distress or Crisis.

Concerned about a student?

Are you concerned about the health, behavior, or welfare of a BC student?  Has a student’s behavior caused you to worry about his or her potential future actions? Do you have questions or are you uncomfortable speaking directly with the student about your concern?

WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION:

If you believe there may be imminent danger of harm to a student or someone else, immediately call the Boston College Police Department (BCPD) for assistance at 617-552-4444; if you are off campus, dial 911. If you need help in assessing the situation, call the University Counseling Services at 617-552-3310 between the hours of 9am and 5pm; after 5pm contact BCPD at 617-552-4440.

Once the emergency situation has been addressed, you should still report your concern to the Student Outreach and Support Team in the Office of the Dean of Students at 617-552-3470.  You can also submit an online report regarding a student of concern here:  Student of Concern Reporting Form. 


WHAT TO DO IN A NON-EMERGENCY SITUATION:

If you do not think that there is an immediate threat to someone's safety, and you would like to speak with someone regarding a student of concern please contact the Student Outreach and Support Team in the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) at 617-552-3470.  You can also submit an online report regarding a student of concern here:  Student of Concern Reporting Form. 

If you feel you need to speak with someone immediately and it is outside of 9am-5pm or on a weekend or holiday, contact BCPD at 617-552-4440.  BCPD will be able to access appropriate assistance for you.

For additional information, visit Student Outreach & Support.

or by completing an online report here: Student of Concern Reporting Form.

 

Sexual Assault

Relationship violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault are acts of violence and a major cause for concern. These acts can cause distress or a crisis. SANet has more detailed information on sexual assault through the Boston College Sexual Assault Network.

Bias Incident Protocol

This protocol was developed to provide members of the BC community with information on the process for reporting a hate crime or bias-motivated offense and the resources available to those who have been targets of hate.

For more information go to: www.bc.edu/offices/diversity/hate-crime-conduct-proto.html

Signs of Distress or Crisis

Referral Resources