Consistent with its mission, the Office of Accountability and Advocacy (OAA) also exists to support students, especially in instances of exigent needs that might affect their academic pursuits at AUM. The OAA uses collaborative means of ensuring that student’s needs are met in an appropriate and timely manner. As such, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report to our office, all students who are struggling with academic, personal, emotional difficulties, and/or exhibiting threatening and worrisome behaviors. Reports should be submitted using the respective incident reporting form noted below or via email/ phone at firstname.lastname@example.org / 334-244-3106.
As a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students might find that they are not able to effectively complete required coursework due to their inability to gain access to a computer while away from campus. In response to this issue, the Office of Student Affairs now offers a Loaner Laptop Program. Students who are currently enrolled can borrow a laptop for the semester free of cost! Students can stop by the Student Affairs Office located in Suite163 of the Taylor Center to borrow a loaner laptop. All loaner laptops must be returned on or before the mandatory return deadline to avoid incurring any late fees. Check with staff in the Department of Student Affairs for the LLP return deadline of the current semester.
The Peer Advocates Program is available to educate and support the AUM community. Comprised of a group of exemplary students, Peer Advocates support fellow AUM students by serving as leaders on campus while connecting students to community resources and engaging them in campus projects. Peer Advocates also help provide fellow students with the basic tools, information, and support to address potential barriers to student success. Peer Advocates assist with programming that includes: leadership development skills, college survival skills, test preparation, health & nutrition, safety and awareness, personal accountability, drug & alcohol awareness, maintaining healthy relationships, effective communication skills, times management, goal setting, etc.
Suicide prevention efforts supports our goals to create a safe and engaged campus community for everyone. However, the responsibility of suicide prevention does not rest only with the Office of Accountability & Advocacy and/or the office of Counseling & Health Promotion Services. Instead, it is a shared responsibility of the entire campus community: students, faculty, and staff alike. As such, in order to build skills for effectively aiding in suicide prevention, it is important to understand and be able to identify signs, known Myths/ Facts related to suicide, and know how to actively help individuals who are suicidal as needed:
Warning signs of suicide includes behaviors or signals that may indicate that an individual is at immediate or acute risk for suicide attempt or completion. According to the Crisis Center, Birmingham AL, the following descriptor (F.A.C.T.S) can be used to help identify if an individual is at risk for attempting/ completing suicide:
F for Feelings
A for Actions or Events
C for Change
T for Threats
S for Situations
(Per Alabama Department of Public Health…)
Myth: No one can prevent suicide.
Myth: Confronting a person about suicide will only make them angry and increase risk of suicide.
Myth: Suicidal people keep their plans to themselves.
Myth: Those who talk about suicide don’t do it.
Myth: Once a person decides to complete suicide, there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.
Myth: Most suicides happen during the holidays.
Suicide is preventable with the help of others. If you find that you or someone else is exhibiting behaviors that are concerning/ indicative of being suicidal, it may indicate that help is needed. Please consider the following QPR strategy (Question, Persuade, Refer) as suggested by the QPR Institute when helping someone who is suicidal:
Additional QPR Strategies
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