College is a time of exploration of identity, values and beliefs. Students may see faculty and staff members as safe individuals to talk about LGBTQA issues and concerns. The following are some do’s and don’ts in talking to students:


  • Encourage the student to contact SafeZone at 765-285-1267 or any faculty or staff member with a safe zone sign on his or her door
  • Support the student as it can be difficult to talk about these issues
  • Refer the student to the Counseling Center for further resources and assistance


  • Minimize the student’s experiences such as saying “It may be just a phase”
  • Ignore the student’s request for support
  • Tell others about the student’s sexual orientation as it is not your information to share