I'm a new faculty member, just got out of a new-faculty-orientation meeting from our Student Services people.
Here is how we support our students. We have an 'invisible' hotline where anyone can report anyone who is causing trouble, or just seems to be in trouble. It is anonymous, and students, faculty or staff can alert the agency of anyone who is not doing well.
We have academic warnings that we are supposed to give out in cases of low attendance, misconduct, bad grades, and any other actions that seem odd. I give these out alot, since I teach at 8 AM, so I get many no-shows.
We have protocol set up for any allegation (or, even hint at allegation) for sexual assault. As you know, we are mandated reporters.
We have a counseling center that does pro-active interventions based upon another warning system - someone seems depressed, they get reported, then there is followup.
We have residence life, which can 'intervene' in a variety of ways in cases of conflict or stress. The speaker gave the example of two students who were arguing over smoking cigarettes in the dorm (this is not allowed). Apparently, one of the two was uncomfortable with raising the issue, so he used the invisible network, and then residence life intervened. They shook hands afterwards.
There is more, I just can't remember it all. The basic idea is that we will go to every effort to insure that the students are safe and protected. Those two words were used alot.
I asked the group whether the students every object to the big brother system we have in place (I asked tactfully). They said yes, but that "those students get over it".
It strikes me that we at the college end are reiterating the sort of helicopter parenting that these students have enjoyed all their life. The counselor rep started off his talk on the increasingly high rates of mental disorder among college students … but never discussed whether the nanny state we have created may be contributing to the students' inability to cope on their own.
I know most of you are liberals, and so you might have an immediate gut rejection to this thread. But I'm just wondering if any of you have similarly been weirded out by such outreach efforts.