Concerning Behaviors

These examples are designed to help you identify potential concerns that you may observe during your daily interactions with students that may indicate that a person is in need of assistance, there is an increasing risk of violence, or there is a potential disruption to others or the normal operations of the College. These are just examples; this list is not all-inclusive and should not be used as a checklist.

Concerns should be observable behavior as listed below:

  • Depressed/extreme sadness
  • Mood swings
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Often cries
  • Disheveled appearance
  • Talking to self
  • Hearing or seeing things that others are not experiencing
  • Statements about others plotting against the student
  • Not making sense
  • Inappropriate anger or irritation
  • Disturbing written material which focuses on violent themes, despair, acting out, abuse, death, or dark side of life
  • Any written note or verbal statement which has a sense of finality or suicidal tone to it
  • Statements to the effect that the student is "going away for a long time"
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Suddenly shutting down webpage on Facebook on any other social networking site and leaving no contact information
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Self injuring behavior
  • Unusual bruises, cuts, abrasions, or scrapes
  • Any other behavior which seems out of control
  • Student is on the fringe of his/her peer group with few or no close friends
  • Student appears to be involved in a gang or anti-social group
  • Eating disorder
  • Thousand yard stare

The Report Form for Concerning Behavior was created so we can better assist students in need. It is extremely important that everyone on campus report concerning student behavior to promote campus safety and ensure that students in distress are given proper resources before there is a crisis.

If you have questions or need further assistance with process, please call 443-412-2132.

After hours of operation, please contact:

  • Department of Public Safety: 443-412-2272
  • Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-422-0009
  • Sexual Assault/Spousal Abuse Resource Center Hotline: 410-836-8430

If the physical safety of students or others is of immediate concern:

  • Call 911
  • Call Department of Public Safety: 443-412-2272

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