N&D 310 01: Nutrition Assessment

ND 310 - Nutrition Assessment

2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 2999

Course Information

You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

This syllabus describes the requirements and procedures for N&D 310 Nutrition Assessment. You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in Blackboard Announcement.  You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.

Times and Location

MWF 1:25pm-2:15pm in UND Nursing, Rm 214

Instructor Information

Danielle Villano, MS, RDN, LRD

Clinical Instructor

Email: Danielle.Villano@und.edu

Office: Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research, Room 340G

Office Phone: (701)777-3753

About the Professor

My name is Danielle Villano and I will be your instructor this semester for Nutrition Assessment. I have worked as a dietitian in the clinical setting for 8 years in both pediatrics and adult healthcare facilities. In addition to teaching at UND, I work for Altru as a Flex-time dietitian when available. I am a United States Navy Veteran who served for 8 years. My research interests are in simulation learning and I also have a strong interest in feeding practices of neonates. I live in Grand Forks with my husband, five-year-old twin daughters and two dogs. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with you as we review the course materials.  

Course Description

This course will use the Nutrition Care Process to examine methods for evaluating nutritional status of individuals and groups. Assessment techniques will be explored in the context of nutrition screening. Students will learn routine assessment measures such as client history, diet history, anthropometric and biochemical measures, and nutrient deficiencies.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Use the Nutrition Care Process and clinical workflow elements to assess nutrition parameters, diagnose nutrition related problems, determine appropriate interventions, and develop plans to monitor effectiveness of these interventions.
  • Describe HIPPA regulations in the context of nutrition care
  • Identify components of the Nutrition Care Process, specifically Assessment, in the context of current informatics and nutrition assessment
  • Describe data sources and tools for nutrition assessment
  • Discuss routine health screening assessments related to nutrition status
  • Compare and contrast methods of collecting and measuring dietary data
  • Describe, methods of anthropometry, health screening, biochemical markers, and other
  • Describe and demonstrate methods of biochemical markers
  • Describe how to perform a nutrition-focused physical examinations

N&D 310 will address the following ACEND-required Knowledge (KRD’s) and competencies (CRD’s) for registered dietitians:

KRDN 3.4 Practice routine health screening assessments, including measuring blood pressure and conducting waived point-of-care laboratory testing (such as blood glucose or cholesterol).

CRDN 3.2 Conduct nutrition-focused physical exams.

CRDN 3.3 Perform routine health screening assessments including measuring blood pressure, conducting waived point-of-care laboratory testing (such as blood glucose or cholesterol), recommending and/or initiating nutrition-related pharmacotherapy plans (such as modifications to bowel regimens, carbohydrate to insulin ratio, B12 or iron supplementation.

CRDN 3.10 Use effective education and counseling skills to facilitate behavior change.

Course Materials

Nieman, D. C. (2019). Nutritional Assessment, 7th Edition, ISBN-13:  9780078021404

Access to Mordarski, B. (2021). Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition,

ISBN: 978-0-88091-220-4 (instructor will have pocket guides available in classroom only)

Notebook, pocket calculator

Technical Requirements/Assistance

Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment.  Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.

Minimum Technical Skills Needed

In order to succeed in this course, at a minimum, you should be able to:

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  • Navigate in and use basic Blackboard functions
  • Download and open electronic documents
  • Create, save, and upload/attach electronic documents
  • Send, receive, and manage email

Course Logistics

Access and Log in Information

This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.

Course Overview

The course content is organized into 16 weeks for the semester. Each week contains a purpose, learning outcomes, and a variety of links to articles, video/audio files, and other instructional resources selected to enhance the learning experience and support the various topics. Discussions, blogs, quizzes, and assignments will be used to assess your comprehension and application of those materials.

What Should Students Do First?

Prior to the start of the first week you should have reviewed the syllabus and taken the Syllabus Quiz.

Example and optional addition: How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities

On the left side course menu in Blackboard there is a “Lessons” tab. Inside Lessons you will find all the required readings, videos, and assignments/activities for the week. An overview of each week can be found in Blackboard under the Schedule tab.


Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.

Course Requirements/Expectations

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  1. The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
  2. The student will access and follow all course instructions found in the weekly area of the Blackboard course.
  3. The student will participate in any lecture or discussion sessions on campus or online as provided and as part of this course.
  4. The student will complete and submit assignments, exams, quizzes, etc. by the dated noted and in the manner described in Blackboard and on the course schedule. We will use Central Standard Time for due dates and times.
  5. The student will participate fully and in a timely manner to get the benefit of learning from instructor and/or peers.
  6. The student will actively participate in classroom activities.

Instructor Responsibilities and Feedback

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  • The instructor will provide feedback on all assignments and group activities by Wednesday of the following week.
  • The instructor will be available during appointed Office Hours to answer questions, provide feedback, and offer advice.



Announcements will be posted in Blackboard on a regular basis. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters.


You are encouraged to post your questions about the course in the FAQs discussion board forum in the Blackboard site or raise them in class if held synchronously or on campus. The Blackboard discussion board is an open forum in which you and your classmates are encouraged to answer each other’s questions. But, if you need to contact me directly, check the Faculty tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond back to you within 48 hours during the week or weekend.

Discussion Forums

These tools are an excellent way for you to engage with the course material and with your peers. Most weeks we will have at least one of these tools for you to participate in. You are expected to read all assigned discussion boards, blog posts, and/or wiki pages and provide thoughtful contributions.

Course Etiquette

When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Always use professional language (no netspeak) in your postings and emails. Please be respectful of your classmates at all times even if you disagree with their ideas.

Assessment Summary

Assignment                                               Final Grade

  1. Introduction Blog                                                  5 Points
  2. Weekly Discussion Boards (5 @ 15 pts each)       75 Points
  3. Quizzes (3 @ 25 points)                                         75 Points
  4. Assignments (12 @ 5 points)                                 60 Points
  5. Worksheets and Lab Book (4 @10 points)            40 Points
  6. Assessment Case Study                                       15 Points
  7. Biological Markers & Energy Calculations             30 Points
  8. Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Lab                   20 Points
  9. Final Case Study                                                    50 Points

            Total: 370 Points

Final Grade Scale

> 92% A

84-91% B

76-83% C

68-75% D

< 68% F

Schedule of Topics and Assignments

Day: Date: Reading(s): Agenda/Topic: Due:
Mon 8/21 Review Syllabus Chapter 1: Introduction to Nutritional Assessment Introduce Yourself blog Due 8.25 by 11:59 pm Syllabus Quiz Due 8.25 by 11:59 pm Journal Entry Due 8.25 by 11:59 pm Activity “What knowledge do you want to gain from a nutrition assessment?” Due 8.25 by 11:59 pm
Mon 8/28 Chapter 2: Standards for Nutrient Intake Discussion Board original post due 8:30 by 11:59 pm; respond to two classmates due 9.3 by 11:59 pm Nutrient Intake Worksheet due 9.1 by 11:59 pm
Mon 9/4 No Class
Wed 9/6 Chapter 3: Measuring Diet 9/4: No class- Holiday 24-hour Recall Due 9.8 by 11:59 pm NHANES Food Frequency Questionnaire Due 9.8 by 11:59 pm Biological Markers & Energy Expenditure Calculations Quiz Due 9.8 by 11:59 pm
Mon 9/11 Chapter 4: National dietary & Nutrition Surveys Discussion Board original post due 9:13 by 11:59 pm; respond to two classmates due 9.17 by 11:59 pm National Dietary & Nutrition Surveys Worksheet Due 9.15 by 11:59 pm
Mon 9/18 Chapter 5: Computerized Dietary Analysis Systems Quiz 1: Lessons 1 through 5 Nutrient Analysis Activity & Reflection Worksheet Due 9.22 by 11:59 pm
Mon 9/25 Chapter 6: Anthropometry Anthropometric Measurement Demonstration Due 9.29 by 11:59 pm Growth Chart Plotting Worksheet Due 9.29 by 11:59 pm
Mon 10/2 Chapter 9: Biochemical Assessment of Nutritional Status Point of Care Labs Discussion Board original post due 10.4 by 11:59 pm; respond to two classmates due 10.8 by 11:59 pm Nutrition-Related Lab Reference Book due 10.6 by 11:59 pm
Mon 10/9 Case Study & Simulation Discussion Board questions due 10.11; Simulation activity 10.13; Lesson 8 Summary due 10.15
Mon 10/16 Chapter 7: Assessment of the Hospitalized Patient Mini Nutrition Assessment Case Study Due 10.20 by 11:59 pm Estimated Body Weight Activity Due 10.20 by 11:59 pm
Mon 10/23 Nutrition Focused Physical Exams Watch NFPE Modules 1 & 2 & submit Certificate of Completion Due 10.27 by 11:59 pm Complete NFPE lab or submit recording to Blackboard Due 10.27 by 11:59 pm
Mon 10/30 Chapter 10: Clinical Assessment of Nutritional Status Quiz 2: Lesson 6 through 11 due 11.4 by 11:59 pm Subjective Global Assessment Activity due 11.4 by 11:59 pm Lesson 11 Journal Reflection due 11.3 by 11:59 pm
Mon 11/6 Chapter 11: Counseling Theory & Technique 11/10- No class- Holiday Journal Reflection Due 11.10 by 11:59 pm
Mon 11/13 Nutrition Assessment Case Study Work Week & Instructor Check In Work on Final Nutrition Assessment Case Study; Schedule meeting with course instructor; Optional Discussion Board
Mon 11/20 Chapter 8: Nutritional Assessment in Prevention & Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease 11/22- No class- Holiday 11/24- No class- Holiday No assignment due this week
Mon 11/27 Chapter 8: Nutritional Assessment in Prevention & Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease Journal Reflection Due 12.1 by 11.59 pm. Quiz 3: Lessons 12 through 15 due 12.1 by 11:59 pm
Mon 12/4 Final Nutrition Assessment Last Day of Class (12/7) Final Nutrition Assessment is Due December 8, 2023 by 11:59 pm.


Introduce Yourself Blog
Introduce yourself in the Week 1: Introduce Yourself blog. Include your name, something about yourself, and a photo. The Introduce Yourself Blog is due on 8.25.22 by 11:59 pm and worth 5 points.
Graded Online Discussion
As this is an asynchronous, online, course your participation in the weekly discussions will be an integral part of your grade. Your posts should demonstrate that you have watched the lectures, read the assigned readings, and have a clear understanding of the materials. You should provide evidence from the readings and/or other sources to support your arguments. You may also draw on your own personal experiences.

Each week you will need to make your first post to the discussion by Wednesday, midnight. Then contribute two additional posts, responding to different classmates, by Sunday, midnight. The online discussion is worth 15 points will make up 15% of your final grade. View the grading rubric in Blackboard for details on how posts will be evaluated.
The course includes three Blackboard quizzes that will be worth 32 points each. Quizzes include:
Syllabus Quiz Due 8.25 by 11:59 pm
Biological Markers and Energy Expenditure Calculations Quiz Due 9.8 by 11:59 pm
Lesson Review Quizzes: Quiz 1 (due 9.22), Quiz 2 (due 11.3); Quiz 3 (due 12.1) by 11:59 pm
Journal Reflections
You will complete a lesson reflection on assigned weeks. You will be asked to identify what you learned and what you still have questions about. There will also be questions or prompts which you should respond to in a thoughtful manner. Reflections should be submitted as a word document or .pdf. 1-2 pages in length, and written in APA style.
Final Nutritional Assessment Case Study
Throughout the semester, you will work on nutritional assessment pieces which you will incorporate into your final project. You will need to find a classmate, friend, family member or volunteer who is willing to participate in your nutritional assessment. If you are unable to find a volunteer you must let your instructor know by Lesson 8. Your volunteer must agree to be interviewed, participate in a nutrition focused physical exam (NFPE) and allow you permission to record your nutritional assessment. For your final assessment you will need to demonstrate the ability to gather pertinent information based off the methods learned in class. You will need to include client health/ medical history, diet history, anthropometrics, labs, and NFPE. Using your interview questions, you have been working on throughout the semester interview your client to gather the information you need for your assessment. You will also need to demonstrate the ability to gather anthropometrics, calculate estimated energy requirements, conduct a NFPE. From the information gathered you will need to identify a nutrition problem ad develop a SMART goal addressing the concern. You will submit your assessment as a Word document and submit the recording or your assessment. You will use Yuja to record your presentation. Further details, including the grading rubric and Yuja tutorials, can be found in the Lesson 16 folder in Blackboard. The presentation is worth 50 points. The final presentation is due on Reading & Review Day by midnight.This is a place to add things like resources, rubrics, etc.

Course Policies

The section below contains examples of course policies you may wish to include in your course such as late work, class participation, netiquette, technology statements, etc.  You may fully edit this section to add and/or remove polices as they pertain to your course.

Assignment and Late Work Policy

Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard. All assignments must be submitted by the due date and time posted in the course. All times are posted in the Central Time Zone.

The acceptance of late assignments is at the discretion of the instructor. If extenuating circumstances arise, it is your responsibility to you contact the instructor prior the due date and request an extension. All requirements for this course must be completed during the course dates.

Class Participation

Participation is essential for students to learn the materials and be successful. Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. Students are also required to participate in all class activities such as discussions, discussion boards, journaling, simulations and group activities. 

This course is designed so you will be able to meet the learning objectives by participating asynchronous. Please note there is benefit to attending class in-person during regularly scheduled class times as student interactions and discussion cannot be fully replicated outside of the classroom.

Should you plan to attend asynchronous communicate this to your instructor at the beginning of the semester.  


It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.

Resolution of Problems

Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with Desiree Tande. If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the department chair, and next to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.


When participating in class (online or in person) it is important to interact with your peers in an appropriate manner. Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Here are a few basic points to remember when communicating in this course:

Be scholarly. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling. Explain your thoughts, justify opinions, and credit the ideas of others by citing scholarly resources. Avoid misinforming others when you are unsure of the answer.  When discussing something and supplying a guess, clearly state that.

Be respectful. Respect the privacy of others. Do not share personal or professional information about others unless permission has been granted. Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.

Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression online. Truthfulness, accuracy, and running a final spell check are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions, known as flaming, is unprofessional as well as disruptive.

Be polite. Students should address professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters (shouting) should be avoided.


Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and personal pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, including non-binary pronouns, for example: they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zirs, etc.

I recognize that preferred names and pronouns may change during the quarter, if at any point during the quarter you would like to be addressed differently, please let me know.

As part of our commitment to inclusion in this course, it is important that all students in this class respect the preferred names and pronouns of their peers. Mistakes in addressing one another may happen. If you make a mistake or are corrected, please briefly apologize and correct yourself.

Technology Statement

In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the course material.  We will spend the majority of our time engaged in activities that depend upon you being present and attentive to one another, and course content we will study. We are all challenged these days by the ways in which our digital devices—including laptops, tablets, phones, and watches—can steal our attention away from our immediate surroundings. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times.

Collaboration and Recording (For Online, Hybrid, Hyflex courses)

Sharing personal experiences and opinions is an important part of the learning process. In the (hybrid, hyflex, synchronous, etc.) environment of this course, all of our interactions are recorded (via Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Yuja, etc) and made available to students in the course. The purpose of these recordings is to enhance learning for all students. If your peers make personal statements in this course, consider those comments in the context of our learning goals and do not share them with people outside the course. If you have questions or concerns about any recordings, please contact me.

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College/Department Policies

In addition to Course and University Policies, the Colleges and/or Departments may have some of their own.  Please edit this section to add any polices for your college or department.  This could include things like mission statements, professional standards, ethical statements, etc.

University of North Dakota Policies & Resources

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.

As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.

Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services

The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.


UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully.  Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom.   If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.

UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.

Religious Accommodations

UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.

Pregnancy Accommodations

Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.

Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.

Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct

It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..

UND Cares Program

How to Seek Help When in Distress

We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.

How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress

The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:

  • Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
  • Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
  • Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
  • Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
  • Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
  • Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
  • Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
  • Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
  • Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
  • Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

Additional Resources

It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).

Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).