University of Wisconsin–Madison

Faculty/Staff Resources

DoSO has a number of resources available for faculty and staff members with student-related concerns.

If you have a concern regarding a student’s well being or behavior, DoSO is there to help. Visit our Contact Us page for more info.

HOW-TO GUIDES

  • Talk to a Student About Your Concerns

    University of Wisconsin – Madison is a community that cares. Students in crisis or who are exhibiting concerning or worrying behaviors often need additional attention in order to ensure they are safe, the community is …

  • What to do when you are concerned about a student

    Day-to-day interaction with students is both a vital and essential part of being on a university campus. This interaction provides for teaching moments and creates an environment for learning which takes place both in and …

  • How-to Guides

Tools and Techniques for Faculty/Staff

A Note about FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the privacy of student educational records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them. Faculty and staff are sometimes concerned that disclosing a student’s identity when consulting with other UW-Madison employees about concerning student behavior violates FERPA. However, discussing a student of concern with the UW-Madison Dean of Students Office is permitted by FERPA if the discussion relates to the student’s experience at UW-Madison or could help the University support the student. Additionally, talking with any campus office that can help you help the student or assist the student directly is also permitted by FERPA.

ALL SERVICES

  • At-Risk Training

    At-Risk Training Knowing what to say to a student that you are concerned about or how to start that conversation can be challenging. At-Risk for University and College Faculty is an online, interactive educational program that …

  • Behavior Intervention Team

    The Behavior Intervention Team is a committee, chaired by the Dean of Students Office. The Team’s purpose is to provide guidance, recommend interventions and to make referrals for students that have demonstrated concerning, distressed, or …

  • Bias Reporting Process

    If you are visiting this page, you or someone you know is likely hurting after experiencing a bias or hate incident on campus. That should never be part of the Wisconsin Experience and we want …

  • Crisis Loan

    Short term loans may be sought by students when an unexpected life event or circumstance takes place that causes financial hardship. These loans are generally under $500. They may not be used for paying tuition/fees or any …

  • Dean’s Certification

    Many transfer, graduate, law, medical, and professional schools require the completion of a Dean’s Certification or disciplinary clearance. To expedite the process, all requests can be made through the Registrar’s office, the official record keepers …

  • Drop in

    Throughout the year, a Dean of Students Office staff member is available on a drop-in basis for walk-in visits, phone calls and e-mails. Below are a few of the reasons to contact the Dean of …

  • Exceptional Citizenship Award

    Exceptional Citizenship Award The Dean of Students Office recognizes students’ contribution to making the University campus a safer community through the Exceptional Citizenship Award. This award is given to students who decide to act with courage …

  • Hazing

    Values and Definition Hazing is incompatible with the values and standards of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community. Hazing is considered to be any activity that is expected of someone joining or participating in a group …

  • Missing Student

    Faculty, teaching assistants, and university staff members often become concerned about students who suddenly stop attending their classes or other university activities, miss an exam, or stop responding to emails. We encourage those concerned to …

  • StrengthsFinder/Strengths Quest

    The Clifton StrengthsFinder is a web-based assessment of normal personality from the perspective of Positive Psychology. The purpose of the Clifton StrengthsFinder is to start you on the path to strength by helping you discover …

  • Student Death

    The Dean of Students Office is responsible for initiating the process to close the records of deceased students. When informed of a student’s death, the Dean of Students Office will send the official campus correspondence …

  • Student of Concern

    Day-to-day interaction with students is both a vital and essential part of being on a university campus. This interaction provides for teaching moments and creates an environment for learning which takes place both in and …

  • True Colors

    True Colors is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Gold, Green, and Blue are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors. …

  • Undocumented Student Support

    As a student population in the U.S., there are unique challenges for dreamers who may be DACA-mented, or undocumented. The Multicultural Student Center is a place for all students to seek support, resources, and community building opportunities. …

  • University Values

    University Values is a guided presentation and discussion on the history, values, and legacy of UW-Madison. This presentation is geared for undergraduate students who seek to learn more about the university and how they can …

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