Following our recent tragedy, UCAT and Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service have put together a few tips to help you when working with students. Our office is always available to consult on these steps.

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  • Take time to talk as a group or class.
  • Have students discuss “facts” first, then shift to emotions.
  • Invite students to share emotional, personal responses.
  • Respect each person’s dealing with the loss.
  • Be prepared for blaming.
  • It is normal for people to seek an “explanation” of why the tragedy occurred.
  • Make contact with those students who appear to be reacting in unhealthy ways.
  • Find ways of memorializing the loss, if appropriate.
  • Thank students for sharing, and remind them of resources on campus.
  • Give yourself time to reflect.
  • Come back to the feelings as a group at a later time.

University Center for the Advancement of Teaching
2nd Floor Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue · Columbus, OH 432o1
Phone: (614) 292-3644 · Fax: (614) 688-5496 · Email:

Counseling and Consultation Service
Younkin Success Center, 4th Floor
1640 Neil Avenue · Columbus, OH 43201
Lincoln Tower, 10th Floor
1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-5766 | Fax: 614-688-3440 |

Adapted and used by permission of Villanova University Counseling Center

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