Recognizing Behaviors of Concern


Distressed: Emotionally Upset  ... 
Disruptive: Irrational, Verbally Abusive, Bizarre, Defiant  ... 
Dangerous: Threatening, Violent, Suicidal, Danger to Self or Others

Distressed Behaviors

Behaviors indicative of emotional distress, but not necessarily disruptive. (In this category, you may be acting on an uncomfortable feeling you have rather than an observable or flagrant action.)

Possible behaviors:
  • Nervous or anxious
  • Sad, crying, or depressed
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Spaced-out or disheveled appearance
  • Angry
  • Under the influence
  • Excessive demand for reassurance or support
  • Expressing suicidal thoughts
  • Suggested action:
    Talk with student privately or confidentially
    Register concern
    Inform student about available assistance through Student Psychological Services
  • Whenever a student expresses suicidal thoughts, take them seriously and get help immediately by calling Student Psychological Services, 527-4445. If the person refuses referral, call a B-TEAM member for consultation.
Disruptive Behaviors

Causing disruption in or outside of classroom.

Possible Behaviors:
  • Inappropriately focusing attention on self
  • Irrational or inappropriate
  • Unrelated or bizarre comments
  • Verbally abusive
  • Defiant
  • Exhibitionist
Suggested Action:
  • Always protect personal safety
  • Protect safety of others, if possible
  • If appropriate:
    • Speak with student privately and confidentially
    • Show concern/acknowledge feelings
  • Set limits for acceptable behavior
  • Summarize incident in writing
  • Call member of B-TEAM for consultation
If discussion with student seems inappropriate, dangerous, or ineffective:

Request student leave class and contact District Police immediately at 527-1000. Refer to Student Conduct Code and Disciplinary Sanctions for procedures.

Dangerous Behaviors

Danger to self or others.

Possible behaviors:
  • Acting out and appears to be potentially violent
  • Violent behavior toward self or others
  • Threatening to harm or kill self or others
Suggested action:
  • Always protect personal safety
  • Protect safety of others if possible
  • Immediately call District Police at 527-1000
  • Buy time by talking calmly and with concern until help arrives.