Two students talking in the SUU LibraryOffice of Student Outreach and Support (SOS)

The Student Outreach and Support (SOS) Office at Southern Utah University provides support, non-clinical interventions, advocacy, and referrals for students experiencing challenges in their personal and academic lives. The SOS team is comprised of non-clinical case managers who meet with students to gain an understanding of their needs and to identify personal strengths. SOS team members can assess students for health risk factors and assist students in making connections with resources that can offer treatment and higher levels of care. The services offered by the SOS team are designed to assist students in developing appropriate self-care and self-advocacy skills. The SOS team works closely with students to collaboratively develop action plans for success. The SOS team is committed to assisting students as they navigate university administrative processes, connect with university and community resources, and overcome obstacles to their academic success.

Services We Offer

  • Non-Clinical Case Management
  • Support and advocacy for all students
  • Collaborative development of action plans for success on campus
  • Connection to resources including mental health referrals
  • Education and referral for family, health, social, academic, and financial concerns
  • Withdrawal, deferment, and return from leave support
  • Peer coaching
  • Responding to reports of students in distress
  • Crisis support, referral, and follow-up
SOS Referral Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Outreach and Support (SOS) responds to referrals regarding concerns about student well-being and collaborates with campus and community partners to ensure students are offered a continuum of care and support.

Anyone and everyone (professors, parents, roommates, friends, etc.).

If a student is an immediate threat to self, others, or property it should be considered an emergency and directed to the SUU Police Department at 435-586-1911.

Student to Student referrals and self-referrals can be sent directly to the Case Managers by filling out the SOS Referral Form or you can also schedule a meeting with an SOS team member.

The Case Manager will reach out to the student and request a meeting to discuss the referral and available resources. It is up to the student to respond to these outreach efforts. If there is no response to SOS outreach efforts, the reporter will be notified.

CAPS provides ongoing mental health therapy, skill building and consultation to help students cope with problems they are experiencing in a clinical capacity. CAPS is a completely confidential resource. SOS receives concerns, assists with short-term planning and follow-up, and refers students to resources on and off campus.

Members of the SOS team work to keep student information private. If an immediate health and safety risk is identified, a report will be made to the appropriate campus office for follow-up.