The past year has presented many challenges to us all. For students, the impacts of the pandemic is on top of their participation at University and the need to juggle competing personal and academic responsibilities.

Students encounter a range of common challenges during their time at University, from setbacks related to assessment, to financial hardship and associated impacts, and personal and social challenges.

You may be the first person to have noticed that a student is experiencing difficulty. You may also be the first person that a student reaches out to when distressed.

This guideline provides general advice to staff on identifying and responding to students in distress. It is important to note that this cannot cover all situations, and will need adjustment and or consultation with UOW expertise depending upon the situation.