Quick Referral Guide for Faculty & Staff

The social, personal, and academic demands of college can place enormous stress on students. To help students stay fully engaged in the educational process and meet Appalachian's high standards, the University has numerous means of identifying students who might be struggling. If you are concerned about a student, please review the options below to connect with the appropriate resource for your student.

Reasons for Concern

attendanceAttendance or Academic Performance

If your concern about a student is based solely on attendance or academic performance, please complete and submit an Attendance/Performance Alert. Office of Student Success staff will reach out to the student about whom you are concerned, offer support and resources, and follow up with you. As appropriate, we may consult the student's academic advisor, as well. Please be aware that we are able to provide more effective support when we are able to connect with the student earlier in the semester. Questions? Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Success at 828.262.6987 or studentsuccess@appstate.edu. You are also welcome to visit us in 238 I.G. Greer. 


Academic Performance or Personal

If your concern about a student is about more than attendance/performance, the Early Intervention Team (EIT) is likely the proper referral. The EIT, composed of concerned faculty and staff from across campus, will follow up with the student, the student's advisor, you, and, possibly, the student's other professors. Each EIT member wants to ensure that the students you refer are getting the assistance they need to be successful and safe. Martha Marking is the faculty director of the EIT. Professor Marking can be reached at referralseit@appstate.edu or 828-262-7077.

Examples of this could include a student's disclosure of the following: family concerns and/or emotional concerns impacting their functioning, or observable changes in appearance or behavior.

complex personal or seriousComplex Personal and/or Serious

If your concern about a student is even more serious, you can refer directly to the Office of the Dean of Students. Office of the Dean of Students staff help faculty and staff address serious concerns about students and are committed to the safety of Appalachian students and community. You may contact the Office of the Dean of Students at dos@appstate.edu or 828-262-8284.

Examples of this could include a student's disclosure of the following: thoughts of suicide, interpersonal violence, or other safety concern that may need immediate attention.


If you are concerned about the immediate safety of a member of the Appalachian Family, you should call Appalachian State University Police at 828-262-8000 or, if off campus, 911.

Not sure if you should refer? Please do. It is always best to refer. If nothing else, it lets the student know that we are looking out for members of our Appalachian Family.

Still not sure where to refer? Start with the Attendance and Performance Alert. OSS, EIT, and the Dean of Students Office communicate regularly and will work together to ensure the proper intervention for your student.

If you want to consult about a student, you can contact OSS (828-262-6987), EIT (828-262-7077), the Dean of Students Office (828-262-8284), or any of the offices listed below: