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When to Refer

Academic Signs

  • Excessive absence/tardiness
  • Inconsistent or deteriorating quality of work
  • Increased tardiness or absences
  • Disorganized work and/or presentation of ideas
  • Repeated requests for extensions
  • Written or verbal expression of morbid, dark, or violent thoughts
  • Disproportionate anxiety about coursework and/or in response to grades

Behavioral Signs

  • Exhibits high levels of emotionality, tearfulness, crying
  • Excessively demanding or dependent behavior
  • Nonsensical, incoherent speech
  • Expression of suicidal thoughts
  • Angry outbursts, intimidating or aggressive behavior. Impulsivity.
  • Expressions of worthlessness, hopelessness, despair
  • Unusually animated or withdrawn
  • Unpredictable and/or rapid shifts in mood. Inability to regulate mood/behavior.
  • Increasing dependence on you (by making excessive appointments, hanging around your office or after class) or others

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Physical Signs

  • Deteriorating or poor hygiene, disheveled appearance, soiled clothes
  • Comes to class smelling of alcohol or appearing high
  • Noticeably slowed or rapid speech
  • Appears consistently fatigued and/or falling asleep in class
  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Appears confused, disoriented, or out of touch with reality.

Other Reasons to Refer

Student references experiencing:

  • food insecurity
  • housing insecurity
  • roommate issues
  • financial insecurity
  • grief/bereavement
  • physical health
  • any concern impacting their ability to succeed at TCNJ
For Spring 2021 all CARE services are being provided remotely. CARE referrals continue to be processed and student meetings are being held online. Please email or your case manager directly for additional assistance.