Helping Students Cope with War in Iraq:
A Guide for Faculty and Staff

Members of the UCSC community may be having different reactions to the war in Iraq and to possible terrorist threats--common reactions include helplessness and fear. However, people react and cope in different ways to war and other traumas, depending on the individual's natural temperament, social support, prior life experiences, and coping skills. Even if students do not express any verbal concern, they may be having strong internal reactions. As faculty and staff who deal with students on a day-to-day basis, you may encounter students in need of assistance. Being able to identify students in need of assistance, knowing how to intervene and refer to appropriate resources will help you to work more effectively with UCSC students.

Possible reactions:

What concerned faculty and staff can do to help:

How to approach a student: