Resources for Faculty and Staff

Supporting Students Through Challenging Times

When there are major events at MIT or in the world, our students are impacted in a variety of ways. Undergraduate and graduate students find it valuable when faculty and staff acknowledge these events and when possible, allow time for them to discuss their feelings and reactions. They also appreciate when faculty adjust expectations and assignments based on what is happening. The resources below are provided to help you support students during these times.

Resources for All Faculty and Staff

Resources for Faculty and Staff Department Heads

Workshops and Presentations

Supporting Students during COVID-19

As MIT moves academic activities online, you can play a pivotal role in creating community and supporting our students. We've put together some tips and advice to help you continue to support students during this uncertain time.

Syllabus Statements

Templates for including student support resources (Student Support Services, GradSupport, Disability and Access Services) on your syllabus.

Student Support Button on the MIT Mobile App

Download the MIT Mobile app in the App Store or Google Play. The Student Support button (look for the heart!) allows you to share concerns about a student, get help with common issues, and connect with commonly accessed resources.

Faculty Guide

This easy to follow guide provides basic information for faculty and staff to recognize signs that a student is in distress and steps to take to refer students to additional resources. To request a hard copy of the Faculty Guide, email

At-Risk for Faculty and Staff Online Training

This online, interactive training module guides faculty and staff through simulated conversations with virtual students who are experiencing distress. The module is designed to help anyone who works with students build confidence, knowledge, and skills to best support students and become aware of resources.

Helping Students Cope with Loss

David Randall, Senior Associate Dean for Student Support and Wellbeing, offers some advice faculty can use to help students after a tragedy or loss in the community:

Request a Training

If your group or department is interested in learning more about ways to recognize students in distress and student support resources, email Trainings are currently offered on an as-requested basis.