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Students of Concern
This blog post was written by Samm Erickson, TLC Coordinator at the Southeast Campus.
We had a workshop on Friday for the SE faculty about the new Student of Concern process at PCC, and I thought it was useful to provide a few takeaways from the process.
First, it’s important to understand that the process has changed at PCC. Things are very different now than they have been in the past because every campus has a student conduct and retention coordinator whose job is to respond to these concerns. On the web, you can find the student of concern web resource, which includes the report form. On the main page of the web resources you’ll see these type of behaviors or concerns that can be reported.
- Students struggling with life factors significantly impacting their ability to be successful in school.
- Students exhibiting a pattern of disruptive behavior in the class or other college setting.
- Students expressing excessive anger or rage toward other students or college faculty or staff.
- Students making direct or indirect statements expressing intent to harm themselves or others.
What this means is that there are lots of reasons, and one takeaway from the workshop was that, when in doubt, faculty should report. There are options on the form to prioritize the level of concern.
When filling out the report, it’s important to use objective language and to describe things that actually happened. That means using exact language and describing exact behavior.
Once the report has been filed, it goes the Student Conduct and Retention Coordinator, who has a variety of strategies that they can use to meet the needs of the faculty and the student.
Overall, I walked away with the idea that this is not a process that will “get a student into trouble”; in fact, this kind of reporting process is actually a way to retain students and to help them succeed at the college.