Life on Campus

Concerned about a Student?

A student with their head in their hands

Any member of the University of Massachusetts Boston community may come into contact with a distressed student.

Many students come to the attention of faculty or staff through:

  • journal entries;
  • papers;
  • or shifts in behavior, mood, appearances, etc.

Being aware of distress signals, methods of intervention, and sources of help for the student can help you assist the student.

If your situation is urgent but not life threatening, the Office of the Dean of Students is available to provide assistance to students, parents, staff and community members with issues ranging from health and wellness, threatening or disruptive behavior, or other safety issues.

For assistance, please call one of the numbers below:

Business Hours

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Office of the Dean of Students 617.287.5899

After Hours

Department of Public Safety 617.287.7780


  • Office of the Dean of Students

    Campus Center
    4th Floor, Room 4015
    617.287.5899 (telephone)
    617.287.5811 (fax)


    Office Hours:
    Monday through Friday
    9 a.m.– 5 p.m.

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Professor and author Ed Tronick with his book.

Ed Tronick

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Professor Ed Tronick was one of the first to show babies are affected by their parents' emotions.

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