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Types of Concerning Behavior

Struggling looks different for everyone. Oftentimes, faculty and staff are often first to recognize when a student is having a hard time. Below are some examples of behavior that a student of concern may be exhibiting.

  • Disruptive Classroom Behavior

    • Aggressive behavior
    • Argumentative
    • Excessive Absenteeism
    • Inappropriate boundaries

  • Physical and Mental Health Concerns

    • Changes in academic performance
    • Difficulties sleeping
    • Changes in eating habits
    • Symptoms of depression or anxiety
    • Lack of responsiveness or emotional expression
    • Paranoia
    • Extreme or sudden changes in behavior
    • Extreme mood swings
    • Insolation or alienation from others.
    • Unusual or erratic behavior
    • Clear signs of distress
    • Changes in appearance or hygiene
    • Substance use or abuse
    • Cutting or other self-harming behaviors

  • Threatening Behaviors

    • Threatening words or actions
    • Violent or aggressive behavior
    • Homicidal thoughts or ideations
    • Fascination with violence, weapons, fire or ammunition
    • Disturbing written material or classroom discussion
    • Direct statements threatening harm to others

  • Suicidal Behaviors

    • Written or verbal expression of suicidal ideation
    • Suicidality, including threats, gestures, thoughts or attempts
    • Pre-occupation with dying
    • Feelings of hopelessness
    • Engaging in risky or reckless behaviors
    • Giving away belongings without logical explanation

Refer a Student

Early intervention is key to student success. 

Remember: If a student poses an immediate threat to themselves or to others, call 911.