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Dean of Students Office

Defining Concerning Behavior

Students in distress may exhibit various behaviors. Below, you will find a list of potential behaviors students may present when struggling with a personal and emotional, social, or academic situation. It is critical to remember that if a student is showing signs that fall into the Urgent category, then you should contact UPD at (904) 620-2800 or call 9-1-1 BEFORE submitting a referral to the Dean of Students Office. 


*Please still contact UPD or 9-1-1.

  • Ill/injured student (required transport/hospitalization)
  • Missing person
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide attempt
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Harm/safety of others
  • Threat of harm to self/others
  • Death of a student


  • Emotional distress
  • Disordered eating behaviors
  • Unusual/erratic behaviors
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Suspected substance abuse
  • Physical altercation
  • Stalking
  • Inappropriate interest in weapons
  • Threats of harm (veiled or direct)

Personal or Emotional

  • Grieving Student
  • Victimization
  • Injury/illness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Worrisome hygiene/appearance
  • Fearful behavior
  • Lack of motivation
  • Changes in self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Exaggerated personality traits
  • Inappropriate outbursts/reactions


  • Group conflict 
  • Relationship/roommate concerns 
  • Communication concerns 
  • Excessive absences 
  • Classroom disruption 
  • Disturbed writing/content concerns 
  • Financial concerns 
  • Needs insecurity (housing, food, supplies, etc.) 
  • University process/appeal