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Behaviors of Concern

How does one determine the difference between "normal" college-age behavior and behavior requiring intervention?

College years are a time when many students experiment with new behaviors and voice feelings and thoughts that have, until now, been hidden or private.  So change, sometimes, is the norm.  However, the stresses of academic and social life during college years, can lead to behaviors that indicate more serious problems.

Signs that a student may be in trouble include observable behaviors such as:

  • threatening self or others
  • increased irritability or aggressive behavior
  • alcohol or drug use that interferes with functioning or jeopardizes relationships or performance
  • visible distress
  • decline in personal hygiene
  • inappropriate classroom behavior
  • bizarre behavior, seemingly out of touch with reality
  • argumentative behavior that is disproportionate to the situation
  • significant changes in mood or daily functioning
  • isolation
  • bullying or being bullied

With the exception of harm to self or others, a single behavior (such as sadness or occasional withdrawal from others) may not indicate a problem, but a consistent pattern of behaviors or continued decline in functioning may warrant a conversation with the student.

When you notice significant changes or behaviors that cause you concern, please submit a report using the link below:

» Report a Concern

*Adapted from Ithaca College

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