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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
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, 524-1595. If the person refuses referral, call a CIRT member for consultation.
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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
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 CIRT 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.
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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.
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