Coping with Disaster
Interpersonal Violence Resource Guide
The Interpersonal Violence Resource Guide can assist students who need support and information about choices for responding to experiences of interpersonal violence such as sexual assault, stalking, or abuse.
Responding to a Student Death on Campus
Common responses to and ways to cope with a sudden death
Although a sudden death affects people differently, there are some common reactions that you may experience. Some people may experience little reaction to the event while others may experience strong reactions. These signs could begin right away, or a person may feel fine for a couple of days or weeks then later be hit with a reaction. The important thing to remember is that almost all reactions are normal; although you may feel some distress, you're probably experiencing a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.
Counseling and same-day crisis intervention and counseling services are available through UNC Charlotte’s Counseling & Psychological Servivces located in the Christine F. Price Center (704-687-0311). Counseling can help students manage personal distress and provide them with the skills to function and meet the demands of a campus environment. In addition, faculty and staff can consult with a counselor about how best to help students cope with their reactions.
Some common responses to a traumatic event such as a sudden death include:
Ways to cope
Counseling & Psychological Services staff discuss transition issues for family members and students during summer orientation programs. As part of our presentation, the following resources are offered, which we hope will assist families make a successful adjustment to having a college student in the family.
Letting go: A parents’ guide to understanding the college years, Karen Levin Coburn & Madge Tregger
You’re on your own (but I’m here if you need me): Mentoring your child during the college years, Marjorie Savage
Don’t tell me what to do, just send money: The essential parenting guide to the college years, Helen E. Johnson, Christine Schelhas-Mille
When kids go to college: A parents guide to changing relationships, Barbara & Philip Newman
Black college student survival guide, Jawanza Kunjufu