Frequently Asked Questions
If you know of a student who is in need of assistance from ACC, click here and fill out the referral sheet. Provide as much information as possible so the committee will know how to respond.
Anyone can make a referral. Faculty, staff, and fellow students have unique relationships with Concordia students. If you have concerns about a student's mental health, academic progress, involvement with drugs or alcohol, or concerning behavior, please fill out the referral form.
It depends on the situation and the student. Please consult with the Dean of Students who is the Chair of the ACC to determine the best approach.
Call or email one of the ACC members.
For mental health concerns, contact Rebecca Kindreich, ext 3104.
For medical concerns, contact Michelle Laabs, ext 3105.
For spiritual concerns, contact Jonathan Ruehs, ext 3114.
For academic concerns, contact Dian Vieselmeyer, ext 3035.
For behavioral concerns, contact Karyn Pace, ext 3050.
For general concerns, contact Gilbert Fugitt, ext 3057.
We ask that you err on the side of caution and make a referral anyways. Other people may share your concerns, and your referral may help the committee have a more complete picture of the student.
Yes, you can refer a student anonymously. We would prefer if you attach your name to the document. It allows us to ask follow-up questions or gather more information if necessary.
The Dean of Students will receive the referral and contact you with any follow-up questions. The ACC meets weekly to discuss students under our care. When a new referral comes to the attention of the Dean of Students, a brief investigation will occur and if necessary, an action plan will be created to monitor the student.
If the ACC decides an action plan is necessary, the student may be connected with some campus resources including, but not limited to: Residential Education and Services, the Wellness Center, the Writing Center, etc.
Call one of the ACC members. We are happy to talk through any issues with you and find the best way to help our students.
You will receive initial contact from the Dean of Students after your referral. If we feel you are the best person to assist the individual student, you may be contacted by a member of the ACC with further details. To maintain a student's privacy, the referring individual may never know what specifically has happened with a referral.
The ACC information is protected under FERPA. Beyond the committee members, only those individuals who have a "need to know" will have access to the information.
FERPA allows employees to disclose student information, without consent, to university officials with legitimate educational interest or to appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies.
Following tragic events like those that happened at Virginia Tech, committees like the ACC have become the best practice for coordinating concerns for students and the community as a whole within a context that protects a student's privacy.
Tip: Never promise confidentiality to a student during the ACC referral process.