ERIC Number: EJ822513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-14
Reference Count: 0
The Troubled Student and Campus Violence: Connecting Academic "Silos"
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n12 pA43 Nov 2008
Six months after the carnage at Virginia Tech last year, the author relates that she studied the steps colleges have since taken to try to prevent suicide and homicide on campus. Here, she discusses some of the observations she gathered from her study. She describes that some faculty members are indifferent, oblivious, or even nasty to their students. Analyses of what went wrong at Virginia Tech concluded that members of that institution, all incarcerated in their own silos, had failed "to connect the dots" about the disturbed young man on their campus. Faculty members had some of the dots, counseling had others, and campus security had still others, but the structure of the university discouraged connecting them. The author argues that it is up to the faculty members to keep their eyes open, ears, and office doors open and to know their way among the silos, so that if their students are in trouble, and they are brave enough to tell them, faculty members can help them get the help they need.
Descriptors: Higher Education, School Security, Suicide, Teacher Role, Mental Health, Social Support Groups, Teacher Student Relationship, Disability Identification, Behavior Problems, Antisocial Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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