Title IX

Support for Faculty and Staff

What You Can Do

  • Contact Counseling Services at 845-758-7433 for a consultation about the student. The staff will be glad to talk with you about any worries or concerns you may have. While the can't share information about a student, they can record your concern.
  • Discuss your concerns with the student and listen to their response. Talking about a problem or labeling a crisis does not make it worse; it is the first step toward resolving it. 
  • Contact Tamara Ellis Stafford at 845-758-7542 or titleix@bard.edu for resources and clarifications on confidentiality and reporting responsibilities.
  • Connect with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 845-758-7454 and alert a Dean of your concern.
  • Connect with the Office of Human Resources at 845-758-7428.
  • If you have information that would lead you to reasonably believe that an incident of gender-based misconduct has occurred, you must contact one of the following offices:
    • Title IX Coordinator                    Tamara Ellis Stafford  845-758-7542   titleix@bard.edu   
    • Human Resources                    845-758-7428

Identifying Students in Need

Identifying Students in Need
As the people who interact with students the most, faculty and staff are often in a strong position to notice when something is wrong in a student's life. Staff and faculty can be available to offer support and guidance.

Below are general indicators that a student may be experiencing symptoms of PTSD or having difficulty coping with a trauma such as sexual assault.

Academic Indicators

  • Deterioration in quality of work
  • A drop in grades
  • A negative change in classroom performance
  • Missed assignments
  • Repeated absences from class
  • Disorganized or erratic performance
  • Continual seeking of special accommodations (extensions, postponed examinations)
  • Essays or creative work portraying extremes of hopelessness, social isolation, rage, or despair

Interpersonal Indicators

  • Direct statements indicating distress or other difficulties
  • Unprovoked anger or hostility
  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or more animated than usual)
  • Excessive dependency
  • Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Peers expressing concern about a fellow student
  • If you have a hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong

Physical Indicators

  • Deterioration in physical appearance
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Visible changes in weight
  • Indications of substance abuse or chemical dependency

Safety Risk Indicators

  • Any written note or verbal statement which has a sense of finality or suicidal ideation
  • Essays or papers that focus on hopelessness, helplessness, despair, suicide, or death
  • Severe depression
  • Self-destructive or self-injurious behaviors
  • Any other behavior which seems out of control or extreme

Content adapted from Kent State