Dealing with Difficult Graduate Students

Jan 22, 2016

Best practices:

Have discussions with graduate students about where to go for support; for example, know when a student doesn’t have support. Support safety first

Create routines where good news can be acknowledge and shared instead of becoming an event that causes feelings of isolation and sadness

Buildings should be locked earlier at night. Perhaps pull in CAPS.

Noted that distance students have difficulty accessing campus services.

Many of us have never thought about what we would do.

It’s not reasonable to run each time to the department chair.

There are some general safety procedures that faculty members may not know about – such as how to respond to safety alerts or when the building locks down. (When there was a shooter alert earlier this year, the campus busses were still running.) How do we handle lock downs at the child care setting.

Faculty members need to know the differences between fire alarms and tornado alerts.

Other resources:

Dr. Sheryl Tucker, Dean, Graduate College, Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Lee Bird, Vice President Student Affairs, Oklahoma State University. (2015). Addressing challenging graduate student situations: A workshop for graduate chairs sponsored by the UNL Graduate College.

Van Brunt, B., & Lewis, W. S. (2013). A faculty guide to addressing disruptive and dangerous behavior. New York: Routledge.