Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Offer support to mitigate stress, anxiety, and distraction

In addition to acknowledging student distress, it is important to also recognize the impact that tragedy can have on their academics. Many students (and faculty) may have difficulty completing their assignments, staying focused in class, or experience heightened anxiety about their coursework. Here are some ways to offer support to your students:

  • Extensions for all students or any students who request them.
  • Offer a review session or additional office hours.
  • Provide supplemental resources to support student learning.


Huston, T. A., & DiPietro, M. (2007). In the eye of the storm: Students perceptions of helpful faculty actions following a collective tragedy. In D. R. Robertson & L. B. Nilson (Eds.) To Improve the Academy. Vol 25. Resources for faculty, instructional, and organizational development (pp. 207-224). Bolton, MA: Anker.


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