Faculty & Staff Resources

University students may experience a great deal of stress during the course of their academic experiences. While most students cope successfully with the challenges these years bring, some students find the various pressures of life unmanageable or unbearable. As faculty members, teaching assistants, and other staff, you may encounter distressed students in your office or your classrooms. Many of these students have not sought counseling and may be unaware of the services available to them. Your role could be a positive and crucial one in identifying students who are in distress and assisting them to find the resources available to help themselves.

University Resources:

Faculty & Staff Resources:

Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT)

The Michigan State University’s Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT) exists to facilitate a multidisciplinary, coordinated response to reports of students, employees, or other individuals on campus who have engaged in behavior indicating a possible threat of harm to self or other members of the campus community. Goals of the BTAT include:

  • Support a safe, productive working and learning environment
  • Educate the campus community to identify and report potential threats
  • Provide early, prompt, and effective intervention

The BTAT has also developed a quick and handy resource, called "The Green Folder" to help educators know who to contact and how to help students in distress. Additionally, this informational guide is designed to assist faculty and staff in recognizing and supporting students and employees of concern. 


To learn more about the Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT) by visiting their website.

Addressing Student Mental Health Concerns in Online Courses

Counseling Services for Faculty & Staff

CAPS provides counseling services for eligible MSU students only. MSU faculty and staff who are interested in personal counseling are directed to the MSU Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which offers free, confidential short-term counseling and referral services for MSU employees and members of their immediate family. 

To learn more about the team, visit the MSU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) website.