If you observe or are made aware of student behavior that leaves you feeling concerned, worried, or alarmed, trust your instincts and SAY SOMETHING. The Care Team can assist with the student of concern and, in some cases, provide you with suggestions as to how you can assist the student directly.
Examples of concerning behaviors include the following:
- 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
Source: Implementing Behavioral Threat Assessment on Campus: A Virginia Tech Demonstration Project, Marisa R. Randazzo, Ph.D., Ellen Plummer, Ph.D., November, 2009.
Anyone can report alarming, problematic, worrisome, and/or disruptive behavior to the Care Team by speaking directly to a team member, submitting an online form, or by calling Campus Police. Once a report is submitted, the report will be forwarded to the chair of the Care Team and the Chief of Police.
A Care Team member will reach out to you as soon as possible. For questions regarding the Care Team process, please call the Dean of Student Services at 336-838-6141.
Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list. The Care Team is always readily available to discuss scenarios concerning a student’s well-being and safety.
Reporting information to the Care Team may assist in the observation of a larger pattern of behaviors. When in doubt, please submit a report and allow the Care Team to review.
The purpose of the Care Team is to serve as a resource for students, faculty, and staff who have concerns regarding alarming, problematic, worrisome, and/or disruptive student behavior. The team uses a proactive approach to discuss potential problems, intervene early, and develop appropriate courses of action for referred students. The goal is to support students who may be in distress and/or whose behavior is of concern to others before situations rise to crisis levels.