Identifying Concerning Behavior

There are many behaviors that may cause concern for the safety and well-being of an individual or the campus as a whole. The following are examples of concerning behaviors or situations:

  • Unusual or abrupt changes in behaviors or patterns.
  • Extreme reaction to a loss or traumatic event.
  • Preoccupation with weapons, violent events, or persons who have engaged in violent acts.
  • Uncharacteristically poor performance.
  • References to harming others or planning a violent or destructive event.
  • Evidence of depression, hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts/plans.
  • Inappropriate responses such as prolonged irritability, angry outbursts, or intense reactions.
  • Strained interpersonal relations, isolating behaviors, or low self-esteem.
  • Significant change in life circumstances such as loss of job or relationship

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