Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress: How to Avoid Problems Before They Escalate

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Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Robert Hill, Ed.D.
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Who Should Attend? College and university administrators, student services directors, mental health services, and university legal counsel
Best For: Higher Education

Now more than ever professors and higher education administrators routinely encounter difficult or challenging students, mental health concerns, suspected substance abuse, and other concerning behavior among students. The conduct exhibited can run the gamut from low-risk disruptive behavior that can be annoying and irritating to the more high-risk threatening behaviors that can potentially lead to physical violence. While most students are successfully able to deal with the demands of being in college, for some the pressure becomes overwhelming. Because faculty and staff are often the first to recognize that a student may not be performing well academically and/or coping emotionally, they need to be vigilant and aware of campus policies, available resources, and legalities.

Please join Dr. Robert Hill as he outlines specific measures to proactively address issues surrounding troublesome students so that administration can prevent tragedies (and the accompanying bad publicity) from coming to their campuses.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What are the possible causes for the increase in alarming behavior?
  • What are the main concerns students face?
  • Why are faculty vulnerable?
  • What is the difference between a student in crisis and a student experiencing stress?
  • What are the best practices for dealing with difficult students in both live and online classrooms?
  • What are some guidelines for helping distressed students?
  • What is the role of Student Affairs professionals, vis-à-vis in loco parentis, the Clery Act, etc., when it comes to ensuring student safety and welfare?
  • How can faculty foster a more civil classroom and create decorum?
  • How do federal FERPA & HIPAA privacy laws concerning student records affect higher education today?


Your conference leader for “Identifying and Responding to Students in Distress: How to Avoid Problems Before They Escalate” is Dr. Robert Hill. Dr. Hill previously served as a full-time associate professor of higher education leadership at NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education where he taught live, blended, and online graduate classes. He also served as an online field associate and a dissertation advisor. He has been the Co-PI on a National Science Foundation Grant, and has been awarded faculty research grants at two different private universities. He is passionate about students and learning. His current research focus is on the professoriate & shared governance, and free speech & civility on campus.

Dr. Hill started his education career by teaching high school English in the public school system for ten years, before turning to postsecondary education. In addition to serving as a faculty member and graduate advisor for over a decade, Dr. Hill has served higher education as a director of student services; associate dean; coordinator of a Title III-Funded Academic Support Center; academic advisor; coordinator of student teaching; faculty advisor; department chair; and doctoral enrollment counselor for twenty-four years at different private colleges & universities. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education [ASHE], and the American Association of University Administrators [AAUA] (on the board of directors and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Higher Education Management). He is a current reviewer for the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, and he is a peer reviewer/evaluator with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). He has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, and he has published articles on both academic affairs- and student affairs-related topics.

Dr. Hill holds a BAE in English education from the University of Florida, a M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision from the University of South Florida, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Nova Southeastern University. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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