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The Eshelman Care Referral provides focused assistance and support to students through a centralized structure and method for outreach, referrals, and follow-up. Careful discretion is used when collecting pertinent information for the development of appropriate interventions and responses, and when collaborating with school units and university resources. The primary goal of the Eshelman Care Referral program is to address immediate concern(s), and ultimately support the academic and personal success and wellness of our students. 

Eshelman Care Referrals are categorized in four different areas: 

  1. Academics 
  2. Health/Well-Being 
  3. Professionalism 
  4. Discrimination/Harassment 

Faculty, staff, preceptors, and students are encouraged to submit Eshelman Care Referrals as they develop concerns for students. It is recommended that a conversation take place with the student of concern, prior to a referral being made, allowing students to respond to concerns before any formal outreach. Referrals are received by trained and educated student affairs administrators, who review referrals and manage student follow-up to best situate students for sustainable success. Specifically, referrals are responded to by: 

William Taylor, Referrals for students in the PhD and MS programs 

Colleen Wernoski – Referrals for students in the didactic portion of the Pharm.D. program on the Chapel Hill campus. 

Karen Hughes – Referrals for students in the didactic portion of the Pharm.D. program on the Asheville campus. 

Sarah Pankracij – Referrals for students on immersions within the Pharm.D. program. 

Ilona Owens, Director of the Office of Student Affairs 

Every effort is made to maintain confidentiality when referrals are submitted. Please note, however, that staff are required to share any information regarding discrimination or harassment based on protected status (including reports of sexual assault, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking) with the UNC Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC). The only other exception to this confidentiality standard is if there is an immediate threat of harm to the individual student or others in our community.