At the Counseling Center we appreciate the fact that Cornell offers a caring community for all of its students. This is a place where students who are struggling with various issues or who are in crisis may reach out to a faculty or staff member. This may be particularly true for students who cannot or will not turn to family or friends, or for students who are unaware of resources available to them.

Your expression of interest and concern may be a critical factor in saving students' academic careers or even their lives. For that reason, we have created this resource page to give our faculty and staff some insights into working with students in distress and teaching during times of tragedy. If you have questions, please call us at x4292 (319-895-4292).

  • Tips for Working with Students in Distress - this brief guide provides signs of concern and tips for how you may assist a student experiencing distress
  • Teaching During Tragedy - this is a bibliography compiled by Illinois State University and includes links to several websites with information and strategies for teaching during times of crisis
  • Health Withdrawal (WH) Information - these guidelines may assist you in facilitating an appropriate discussion with a student regarding the possibility of a WH
  • "Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress: A Faculty Handbook" was created by Cornell University and adapted by the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia.  While some information is specific to Virginia and its schools, much of the information in this comprehensive guide may be of use to you in working with students in a wide range of situations, both academic and otherwise.

Make an Appointment

The Counseling Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F, with extended hours available on Tuesday. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins are on a space available basis and are generally not available.

Call x4292 (319-895-4292), or stop by the front desk at Ebersole to make an appointment. You can also email us but please note that email is not considered a confidential communication. Additionally, staff members may not check e-mail with regularity or frequency, and do not access email outside of Counseling Center hours. For the most timely and confidential communication, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Counseling Center at (319) 895-4292.