b'RESPONDING TO DISTURBING CONTENT IN WRITTEN OR ARTISTIC WORK BY A STUDENT Faculty members and teaching assistants sometimes find disturbing comments in the written work of students, such as: disclosure of personal trauma or abuse references to suicidal thoughts or severe depression violent or morbid content that is disturbing or threatening sexual content that is disturbing or excessively graphic bizarre or incoherent content disclosure of severe problems with alcohol or drug abuse Such writing may simply indicate a dramatic or unusual style but may also suggest psychological or emotional problems or possible danger to self or others. It also may indicate a need for attention or a cry for help. The following guidelines may help determine whether there is reason for concern and how best to respond. In your written comments: acknowledge the content with comments like, That must have been hard for you. invite discussion with comments like, Sounds like that was difficult for youdo you have someone to talk with about this? or, If you would like to talk about this, stop by after class or during office hours. An email to the student is an excellent way to communicate your initial concerns and ask the student to talk with you.Academic Concerns93'