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.