Students struggling with personal problems may come to their advisor for assistance. Advisors are not expected to be personal or mental health counselors, but should be aware of the various resources Hamilton provides:
Counseling Center services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (ext. 4340). The following text is taken from the Counseling Center website
Faculty members are encouraged to consider making a referral if they notice:
If you notice any of these warning signs, please inform the student in a straightforward, matter-of-fact manner of your concern. Be specific regarding the behavior patterns you have observed. Suggest that he/she consider personal counseling and refer the student to the Counseling Center.
If the student agrees to the referral, you may:
Except in emergencies, the option should be left open for the student to accept or refuse a referral for counseling. If you are unsure about whether to refer, call the Counseling Center. The staff is always willing to discuss your concerns about a student and possible courses of action. As required by both laws and ethics of professional practice, all communication between a therapist and client is confidential. Once a student is a client at the Counseling Center, we cannot discuss the particulars of his/her situation, or even acknowledge the fact that counseling is being provided without the consent of the client.
Any student having significant personal problems (e.g. family conflict, financial difficulties, harassment, or other personal crises) should be referred to the Dean of Students Office (ext. 4020).
Students suffering from physical ailments should be referred to the Health Center (ext. 4111). The Health Center will not give out retroactive “medical excuses” to students who miss class due to illness except in extraordinary circumstances. Students are expected to contact course instructors as soon as the illness begins to interfere with academic responsibilities and to work out in advance how to deal with assignments and attendance issues. If the Health Center staff recommends a student suspend or curtail academic activity due to illness, they will contact the Dean of Students Office, who will in turn notify the student’s instructors.
Students experiencing roommate difficulties or other problems with their living arrangements should contact the Office of Residential Life (ext. 4023).