Student support and intervention

Assisting and supporting students of concern

Students may experience a variety of pressure and stress from academic work, relationships or other aspects of life during their time at WSU. 

In some cases, students may be confronting certain issues for the first time, while for others these issues may be ongoing. If you find yourself concerned about the wellbeing of a WSU student (a student in your class, someone you live with/near, someone in your student organization, etc.), please share your concerns with us by submitting a CARE (Community Advocacy Referral Engagement) Report.

Your report may be the activating event that helps that student get connected to appropriate campus resources, or you may be providing supplemental information that assists in our ability to more appropriately reach out to support that student.

Some examples that may lead you to file a CARE Report include:

  • A student is struggling with a difficult life circumstance or health issue;
  • A student is displaying unusual or out-of-character behavior;
  • A student is communicating thoughts of harm to self, others or locations;
  • A student is experiencing significant loss such as the death of a family member or loss of safe housing;
  • A student is communicating that they are the victim of harassment, stalking, interpersonal violence or sexual assault;
  • A student is missing class for an extended period of time;
  • A student is nonresponsive to outreach attempts;
  • A student is displaying unhealthy or dangerous patterns of behavior;
  • A student is experiencing a high level of stress;
  • A student is displaying behavior that is disruptive or negatively impacting the classroom or work environment; or
  • A student is posting concerning messages on social media.

Submit a CARE Report

CARE Reports help us to engage individuals in the University community and to connect students with support and services.

If you have knowledge of a WSU student whose behavior is concerning, risky, or potentially harmful to him/herself, others, or the community, please submit a CARE Report.

CARE Reports provide early assessment and referral to help support the student and the community.

The Dean of Students Office will review your report within 1 business day. We typically consult with the person filing the report within 2 business days to confirm receipt, discuss the information provided and share any appropriate follow-up information.

The Dean of Students Office makes a good faith review of the information provided in the report. With this information, we can assess the situation, piece together additional information about the student's possible needs and suggest a reasonable course of action.

An ethic of care and attention to the safety and wellbeing of individual students, the campus, and community guides all recommendations. As appropriate, every effort is made to help students persist at the University.

EMERGENCIES: If you believe there is an imminent safety threat or emergency, you should immediately contact the WSU Police at 313-577-2222. After reporting the emergent situation to police, it is appropriate to follow-up by submitting a CARE Report about the incident.

CARE Reports are monitored regularly during the University's normal business hours.

Missing student policy

View the missing student notification policy found on page 19.

Campus support and resources

Academic Success Center
Suite 1600, David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL)
You can meet one-on-one with a Learning Specialist or attend workshops to help you build skills in areas such as studying, time management, navigating your textbook, concentration, test-preparation, writing a research paper, critical thinking, listening & note taking, strategies for student success, and more. 

WSU Police Department
6050 Cass, Detroit, MI 48202
The Wayne State University Police Department is committed to providing students, staff, faculty, visitors, and guests with prompt, courteous, and professional police services 24 hours a day. You may report criminal activity or concerns in-person, by phone, or by email. You may also submit a confidential tip or concern at the following link:

Campus Health Center
5285 Anthony Wayne Drive
The Campus Health Center provides a wide range of health care services to currently enrolled students including, but not limited to physicals, men's and women's wellness exams, and STI & HIV testing, treatment and counseling.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
552 Student Center Building
Crisis/Information Line (nights/weekends/university closures):  313-577-9982
CAPS provides free and confidential counseling services to currently enrolled students. The licensed professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers at CAPS promote a culture of understanding and growth through individual, couples, and group therapy.

The Counseling and Testing Center - College of Education
306 Education Building
313) 577-1681
The Counseling Center provides free comprehensive mental health services for students and the local community as part of an advanced graduate educational program in which counselors-in-training serve under licensed professional faculty supervision. The Counseling Center offers both individual and group counseling.

WSU Psychology Clinic
60 Farnsworth Street, Rackham Building
The WSU Psychology Clinic serves as the training facility for the Department of Psychology Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. The clinic provides affordable psychological assessment and treatment to students, staff and the local community on a sliding-fee scale - No insurance accepted. 

Dean of Students Office
301 Student Center Building
Students, staff, and faculty may initiate student conduct charges against any student believed to have committed a violation of the Student Code of Conduct by providing information pertinent to the charge via the Student Misconduct Referral Form. Cases of alleged student misconduct are reviewed and adjudicated by the Student Conduct Officer in the Dean of Students Office. Under the WSU Student Code of Conduct, students responsible for violations of the Code are subject to administrative sanctions up to and including expulsion.

Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO)
4324 Faculty Administration Building
The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is responsible for the implementation of the University's Non-Discrimination / Affirmative Action Policies, Sexual Harassment Policy and Sexual Assault Policy. The OEO follows the procedures under the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Process to ensure that employees and students are not discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex (including gender identity), national origin, sexual orientation, familial status, marital status, height, weight, disability or veteran status. Any member of the campus community, including students, staff, and faculty, may file a complaint with the OEO.

University Advising Center
Suite 1600, David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL)
The University Advising Center can help with defining your educational goals, declaring/changing your major, assisting in getting help in your classes, adding/dropping classes, registering for classes, understanding general education and professional program requirements, etc.

Student Disability Services
Suite 1600, David Adamany Undergraduate Library (UGL)
SDS coordinates the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities which are individualized, flexible and confidential based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment. If you have or believe you may have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation contact the SDS office to schedule a meeting with a counselor. You may fill out a SDS New Student Registration Request.

University Ombudsperson
790 Student Center Building
The Ombuds Office provides a safe place to ask for help on campus. Students may contact the Office of the Ombudsperson when they need clarification on Wayne State policies and procedures, when they have a university-related problem that has not been resolved by regular university procedures, or when they have university-related questions for which they cannot find an answer. The Ombudsperson strives to see that student needs are met and that students can focus on making academic progress at Wayne State.

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