b'students in maintaining their mental health and maximizing their intellectual growth, it is important to identify difficulties as early as possible. The presence of one of the following indicators alone does not necessarily mean that the student is experiencing severe distress. However, the more indicators you notice, the more likely it is that the student needs help. When in doubt, consult with your colleges academic advising, counseling or student services professionals. Faculty members may have concerns about reporting information about students to others. Please see FERPA guidelines later in this section. ACADEMIC INDICATORS Repeated absences from class, section, or labMissed assignments, exams, or appointmentsDeterioration in quality or quantity of workExtreme disorganization or erratic performance Written or artistic expression of unusual violence, morbidity, social isolation, despair, or confusion; essays or papers that focus on suicide or death Continual seeking of special provisions (extensions on papers, make-up exams) Patterns of perfectionism: e.g., cant accept themselves if they dont get an A+ Overblown or disproportionate response to grades or other evaluations Recognizing Students in Distress15'