Signs that indicate a student is distressed:
- Changes in grades or academic performance.
- Changes in class attendance or turning in assignments.
- Unusual or disturbing content in writing.
- A sudden change in personality and behavior, including avoiding participation, excessive anxiety when called on and dominating discussions.
- Social withdrawal.
- Depressed or lethargic mood.
- Increased anxiety.
- Extreme mood swings.
- Unusual or exaggerated emotional responses to events.
- Disruptive behavior that interferes with class.
- Drug or alcohol abuse.
- Hyperactivity and/or rapid speech.
- Marked change in personal habits.
- Repeatedly falling asleep in class.
Signs of a serious crisis
- Destruction of property or other criminal acts
- Extreme anxiety resulting in panic reactions
- Inability to communicate clearly, including slurred speech or confusing speech or writing.
- Suicidal comments, either orally or in writing.
- Loss of contact with reality.
- Highly disruptive behavior.
- Threats to harm others.
- Stalking behavior.
Non-disruptive students of concern
The university has established the Crisis Awareness and Response Emergency (CARE) team in order to provide a proactive approach to assessing and responding to students who may need help. The purpose of the CARE Team is to provide way to communicate across the university about student conduct and to serve as the hub for information about students who exhibit concerning behaviors.
To make a CARE team report, call 281-283-2273.