University Counseling Center
The Absent/Disappeared From Class Student
You may notice a student that has been missing/absent from class and has not made contact with you or a student who is missing significant work or assignments.
What You Can Do:
- Initiate contact with the student: Get in touch with Academic Support or his/her advisor.
- Share observations / facts: “I noticed you missed X# of classes” or “I haven’t seen or heard from you in 3 weeks.”
- Share concern: “Sorry you are having difficulties.”
- Offer to talk: “Would you like to talk.”
- Be clear and direct about your expectations and the consequences for not meeting expectations
- Be open/listen to the students’ perspective about why they missed class or assignments.
- Ask how the student believes he/she can better meet expectations for attendance or work.
- Find out how he/she is doing in other classes.
- Disregard/invalidate the students feelings.
- Minimize concerns.
- Feel pulled to change expectations and make accommodations immediately. It’s ok to say “I’ll consider an alternative.”
- Lecture/scold: “You know you really should come to class.”
- Use scare tactics, threats/bribes: “If you don’t come to class you might fail” or “I might fail you” said in a threatening way.
Guide Table of Content
- Typical Concerns for UR Students
- What You Should Know About Student Problems
- Symptoms of Distressed or Distressing Students
- Responding to Distressed or Distressing Students
- Making a Referral to the UR Counseling Center
- Responding to Student Emergencies
- The UR Counseling Center
- Information About Confidentiality
- Mandated Risk Assessment
- Other Campus Referral Sources
- Academic Faculty: Classroom Climate and Prevention
- Responding After a Tragedy: An In-The-Classroom Guide
- The Grieving Student
- The Anxious/Shy Student
- The Student Who May Have an Eating Disorder
- The Demanding Student
- The Dependent/Passive Student
- The Depressed Student
- The Student in Poor Contact with Reality
- The Student Suspected of Substance Abuse or Addiction
- The Victim of Stalking
- The Victim of an Abusive Dating Relationship
- The Victim of a Hate Incident
- The Victim of Hazing
- The Student Who Has Been Sexually Harassed (Assaulted)
- The Suicidal Student
- The Suspicious Student
- The Verbally Aggressive Student
- The Violent Student
- The Absent/Disappeared From Class Student
- Responding to Students with Transition Issues
- Responding to the Student with Choice of Major or Career Concerns