About the SOS Form
The SOS Form is way to notify our office that a student needs assistance. When you submit a form, a member of the SOS Team will typically reach out to the student within 48 hours to offer support.
Concerned about a student? Complete the SOS form and a member from our team will reach out.Complete the SOS form
Frequently Asked Questions
How does SOS assist students?
The SOS Team serves as a first point of contact for students experiencing difficulties. They help students navigate challenges and connect them with ongoing resources.
How does SOS assist Faculty & Staff?
The SOS Team is here to provide guidance and coach Faculty & Staff through difficult situations related to students who may be experiencing difficulties or disruptions to their academic experience.
What should I expect after submitting an SOS form?
Typically, within 48 hours, a member of the SOS team will review the form and reach out to connect with you or the referred student. While our services are voluntary, we make several attempts to reach the referred student to provide support. It is important to note that students can choose not to respond.
Can I submit an SOS form for myself?
Yes. By completing a form for yourself, you can notify SOS about your current situation and provide all necessary background or documentation to ensure that we can help.
What are some common reasons why I might refer myself?
If you experienced a medical absence lasting longer than a week, the loss of a loved one, or are simply unsure how to overcome a problem in life, the SOS team can help.
Can I submit an SOS form for a friend?
Yes. If you have concerns for a friend and believe they could use some support, fill out an SOS form and provide as much information as possible. A member of our team will reach out.
Is the information provided in an SOS form private?
Yes. The information is private and will be maintained within the SOS team. The only exception to this is information that falls under the Code of Student Accountability, Title IX, or Maryland’s Mandated Reporter Policy, including credible risk to self or others in addition to instances of child, elder, and sexual abuse.
Can I submit an SOS form anonymously?
Yes. Forms can be submitted anonymously. However, this may limit the SOS team's ability to connect with a student if more information is needed prior to outreach.
Should I notify a student when I complete an SOS form on their behalf?
While it is entirely up to you, a warm hand off can go a long way in ensuring that a student connects with our office. A friendly statement that you have concerns and know some people that can help often makes all the difference.
Should I submit an SOS form if I have urgent concern for a student’s safety?
No. SOS is not equipped for emergency response. If you have urgent concern for a student’s safety on campus, contact TUPD at 410-704-4444 or dial 911 for off campus emergencies. If a student is experiencing an urgent mental health concern, please contact the Counseling Center 24 hours a day at 410-704-2512.