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Worried About a Student?

Worried About a Student?

Each year at the Summer Orientation Programs, I give a talk for parents about what to expect during your students' first year at Fordham together with a psychologist from Counseling and Psychological Services.  Care for our students is of the utmost importance, especially in light of a national increase in mental health concerns among college-age students. We understand that family members may have concerns about your student or have a question about their experience here. At Fordham, we welcome not just a student into our university community, but his or her family as well. Please contact us, as we are happy to work with you. While it is the responsibility of all of our students to take the lead role in addressing conflicts and working on problems they may experience, we hope our partnership with families will provide the appropriate combination of challenge and support to achieve this goal.

We also recognize that students often know far more about one another than we do.  With this in mind, we recruit and train many students to help their peers: Resident Assistants and Resident Freshmen Mentors live among our residents in McKeon Hall and McMahon Hall, Commuter Freshmen Mentors help commuting students adapt to college life, Orientation Leaders welcome first year students and help them become Fordham men and women, and other peer educators and students in other roles are a key part of the effort to assist students.  Recruited for their capacity to care for and connect with others, these students receive specific training and supervision in order to play a vital part of the network of support and connection for students who are struggling.

If your student has a history of emotional struggles, please inform me, the Director of Residential Life and/or a psychologist in the Counseling and Psychological Services. We can discuss ways to assist with a smoother transition and/or be better able to respond should struggles arise. From the smallest concerns, to a bout of homesickness or to the more serious struggles we see with anxiety, depression and managing the medications that often accompany these challenges—we are here to help. We will work with you and your student together to try and provide the best possible assistance, from a casual conversation with a member of the staff, to pastoral counseling in our Campus Ministry area to clinical counseling in the Counseling Service and even outside referrals to provide for more serious and specialized care. We will even be happy to work with you behind the scenes to help your student confidentially or to help you gain some perspective on how we can assist with problems which you may be surprised to learn are more common than they first appear. In addition, I invite you to call or e-mail me if you would like further information or want to discuss a specific problem or concern.

Keith Eldredge
Dean of Students, Lincoln Center


Dean of Students 
Contact Information:

Keith Eldredge
Lowenstein 408
(212) 636-6250 Phone
(212) 636-7897 Fax
Links to Additional Resources:

Information for an Emergency:
Department of Public Safety

For confidential information, advice and assistance:
Counseling and Psychological Services
Office of Residential Life at Lincoln Center
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Program

Pastoral Concerns:
Campus Ministry

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