b'Consider the students behavior in class and whether that reinforces or decreases your concern. For example, writing about suicide is more concerning if the student appears sad, withdrawn, or angry. Consult with your department chair, dean, or campus advising or student services to determine if referral, immediate intervention, or outreach to the student is indicated. The counselor may also provide suggestions about how to talk with the student. If you feel threatened or uneasy, do not meet with the student alone. Consult your dean or campus security and consider having another person at the meeting or other options to ensure safety. When meeting with the student, ask about the inspiration for the work, to provide a context and see if the student has been influenced by similar writings (e.g., Stephen King). Consider asking the student directly if s/he is thinking about suicide or other destructive behavior. Know your limits. Remember, your role is as professor not counselor. Even a brief acknowledgment or expression of concern can be meaningful and helpful to a student; however, the conversation does not need to be lengthy if that is beyond your limits. Academic Concerns94'