| The following are some of the elements that contribute to the abused student syndrome:
But, if two or more such elements simultaneously occur, the student may develop feelings of helplessness and eventually become paranoid. It is important to try to recognize students who may be experiencing the Abused Student Syndrome and assist them in obtaining referral to other offices where help might be obtained.
- The student may study and know the materials, but the test is not fair and consequently he/she fails the exam.
- Problems may arise in human relations where the student does not always get what he/she wants.
- Some professors utilize scare tactics that create manufactured fears of the professor, course, or both.
- Some T.A.'s can't help students or are lazy; thus the students have nowhere to turn for much needed help with homework, class content, etc.
- Occasionally a student may experience discrimination. In addition to the more widely acknowledged forms of discrimination (e.g., sex, race), the student may be discriminated against because he/she is fat, ugly, physically handicapped, etc.