The original posted here was taken from the e-mail written by Stefan Djordjevic which was forwarded to the faculty and teaching assistants on 8/17/2020.  The subject of the e-mail message was:  Useful Instructor Resources, Fall 2020.  Additional information has been added as it became available.  This page was last updated on 10/15/2020.


RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS TO HELP SUPPORT MENTAL WELLNESS (from Dr. Danita M.B. Young, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Massmail of 10/15/2020):

  • Counseling Center Psychoeducational Series -- The Counseling Center regularly offers workshops that give you powerful tools to develop resiliency and goal achievement skills. Topics include overcoming perfectionism, managing time, overcoming difficult emotions, improving focus, and using mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety. For more information, visit

  • Kognito At-Risk -- This interactive, online training allows you to practice what you would say if you are concerned about a friend or classmate who is showing signs of mental distress. It then provides resources you can connect them to for help.

  • Mindwise Mental Health Screenings -- These brief, online screenings assess for concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance misuse, and eating disorders. The screenings can be a good first step to determine if counseling may be something to consider.

  • Healthiest You -- Students who have United Healthcare through the university can access online counseling via  If you access this site through the United Healthcare app, you can bypass the necessary insurance information requirement.  If you need help, contact customer service at 217-333-0165 or email


Mental Health treatment is in many respects more art than science--even in the 21st Century--and much depends on the affinity and relationship between patient and psychiatrist or counselor.  Please keep that in mind; a referral to the Counseling Center  can be very beneficial to a struggling student.  
The Counseling Center will continue to provide its full suite of resources remotely in the fall semester, but it appears that students will also be allowed to come in for individual appointments in case of emergency.
DRES accommodations become "active once a student shares their DRES letter with the instructor; they cannot be applied retroactively.
Please encourage students during the first week to share their DRES letters as soon as possible; they cannot be accommodated until they present the formal letter.
If you have any questions or concerns about how to properly accommodate a student, reach out to DRES directly at disability
Some accommodations might be a bit complicated to arrange in an online class setting, so please reach out to DRES if you are unsure how to best accommodate a student.
NOTE:  It is not mandatory for students to share their accommodation letter, but they will not be granted accommodations unless they share the accommodation letter.
Campus and LAS rules require that suspected academic integrity violations be adjudicated through the FAIR system.




Faculty and TA's are mandatory responsible reporters.


As mandatory responsible reporters, all U of I instructors must report if a student mentions that they have or intend to commit suicide, if the student is engaged in planning a suicide, or if they demonstrate a preoccupation with suicide.