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UCC On-Call: (585) 275-3113

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Life Line: (585) 275-5151

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University Counseling Center (UCC)

Responding After a Tragedy:
An In-The-Classroom Guide

For those of us who have contact with students in the classroom you may wish to help students through these events by providing time for discussions. When should these discussions occur? It is probably best to consider a discussion within a week of the tragic event.

Even if you prefer not to provide discussion time during class it is probably best to acknowledge the event. A national or local tragedy can result in students having difficulty with focus, concentration, and motivation. Failure to mention the event can result in students becoming more upset or angry. If you choose not to devote discussion time to the event, you might mention to students that there are resources on and off campus where they can obtain support:

Some useful links:

If you decide to provide an opportunity for discussion in your classroom, here are some important considerations:

Helping Distressed or Distressing Students



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Helping Distressed or Distressing Students