Questions to ask the college
is responsible for helping students with mental illness? How hard
is it to find that person or service on campus?
kind of accommodations has the school made for students with mental
illness? Ask for specific examples. Will those accommodations work
for you? If not, will they provide the accommodations you need?
happens when students become ill during the semester? Can you finish
assignments or exams at other sites? What's the process for a grade
there peer mentoring or other support groups on campus? Do any of
them focus particularly on students with mental illness?
the school offered its faculty any training or information about
working with students with mental illness? If so, what was it about?
How long ago? How many faculty members attended?
open are faculty and staff to working with students with mental
attention not just to the answers you get, but to the way people
react to your questions – it will tell you a lot about how
comfortable they are with the issues that concern you.
* questions based on material developed by Steve
Fishbein of the New Jersey Department of Mental Health and Hospitals:©
1997, 1998 Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Boston University
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