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Defining Concerning Behavior

Behavior that causes concern due to its disruptive or threatening nature should be brought to the attention of the SOS Team in a timely manner, and includes (but not limited to) threats to harm oneself or others, intimidation, mistreatment of others, inflammatory or threatening statements (verbal or written) and angry outbursts.

Students in distress show signs of:

 Academic Behavioral Concerns
  • Deterioration in Quality of Work
  • Disturbed Writing/Content Concerns
  • Disorganized or Erratic Performance
  • Drop in Grades
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Late Work
  • Procrastination
  • Repeated Absences from Class/Work

Physical Behavioral Concerns

  • Missing Student
  • Death of Student
  • Dramatic Changes in Energy Level
  • Worrisome Changes in Hygiene/Appearance
  • Misuse of Alcohol
  • Suspected Substance Abuse
  • Sick/Injured Student (hospitalized)
  • Significant Weight Changes
  • Self-Injury (visible cuts, burns, bruises)
  • Suspected Eating Disorder
  • Physical Altercation
 Emotional Behavioral Concerns
  • Expressions of Hopelessness/Worthlessness
  • Direct Statements Indicating Distress
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide Ideation
  • Suicide Attempt
  • Impulsiveness
  • Fearful Behavior
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Grieving/Sad Student
  • Relationship Issues
  • Thoughts of Self-Harm
  • Bizarre or Unusual Behavior
  • Inappropriate Emotional Outbursts
  • Exaggerated Personality Traits
  • Increased Irritability
  • Aggressive Behavior

Other Concerns

  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Makes Direct Threats
  • Makes Veiled Threats
  • Stalking
  • Family Problems
  • Inappropriate Interest in Weapons
  • Financial Concerns
  • Housing Concerns
  • Arrest/Incarceration
  •  Sexual Assault