Refer a Student
The office serves as the central point of contact for students, families, and community members, and collaborates with campus partners to holistically support students.
If you have a student/friend/peer that you are worried about, refer them to our office for follow up and support though the process detailed below.
Student of Concern Referrals
Students can be referred to Student Support & Advocacy Services using this form, selecting Student of Concern in the Report Type drop-down menu.
Note that this form is not designed as an emergency response notification process.
If this is an emergency and you need to report an imminent threat or life-endangering situation involving a student, please call the Cornell University Police Department at (607) 255-1111 or 911 prior to completing the reporting form.
Referrals are reviewed daily from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday-Friday), and are not monitored after hours, on weekends, or during official University holidays.
A staff member will reach out to the reporter and the student for follow-up and support.
When to make a referral
The following are examples of when to refer a student to our office:
- Academic Concerns - patterns of absences (repeated/consecutive), a decline in work and grades, a shift in behavior or academic work; acting out in class, or written/verbal expression of morbid, dark, or violent thoughts.
- Adjustment Concerns - trouble fitting, relationship challenges, or other college adjustment issues.
- Basic Needs Concerns - lack of consistent access to clothing, food, housing, medical, and financial resources.
- Medical Concerns - serious illness, deteriorating physical appearance, high-risk substance use, other medical conditions, or hospitalization.
- Mental Health Concerns - excessive anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, paranoia, excessive tearfulness or panic reactions, self-injury, disordered eating, other mental health conditions, or hospitalization.
- Potential Threat to Self and Others - thoughts or threats of hurting oneself or others.
- Unable to Locate or Contact Students - an inability to reach or locate a student after multiple attempts through email, phone calls, or texting).
- Other - other types of concern not listed.