Concerning Behaviors


College is a time when students are testing their independence and striving to find themselves.  It's not uncommon for these journeys to have rough points.  For some students, personal, emotional, psychological, academic, or other challenges may hinder their ability to succeed both in and outside of the classroom.  Sometimes people don't think that the behaviors they observe are a big deal.  Yet often others are seeing similar warning behaviors and feeling concerned also.  When all of the pieces of the puzzle come together, it may be more apparent that each observer's piece of the story was part of a much bigger challenge that the student was facing.  This is why it is important to take just a few moments to report your concerns.  In doing so, students can get assistance sooner, before their challenges grow.   

 Some examples of behaviors you may become concerned about include: 

  • Threats of self harming behaviors (i.e. self mutilation, suicidal ideations, etc)
  • Traumatic events (i.e. death of close family/friend, sexual assault, etc)
  • Threats to harm others
  • Disorganized speech, non-sensical conversation
  • Emotional/ physical outbursts; behavior that seems out of control or disruptive
  • Comments made verbally or in writing about hurting one's self or others
  • Disclosure of domestic violence or assault
  • Changes in behavior or mood
  • Inappropriate behaviors or comments
  • Changes in personal hygiene
  • Sleeping or hungover in class
  • Depression, anxiety or paranoia
  • Significant decline in quality of work or participation in class or at work
  • Alcohol, drug or prescription medication abuse
  • Reports of not sleeping or eating
  • Repeated requests for classroom accommodations or allowances(i.e. deadline extensions, etc) without any formal DREAM accommodations
  • You feel frightened or in fear of your personal safety or the safety of others after interacting with a student.
  • Physical attacks or altercations with another student
  • Student talks about or displays a weapon

  This list is certainly not exhaustive.  If you notice anything that raises your level of concern about a student, you are encouraged to fill out the Student of Concern Form or call the Student Support Services Office at 509-313-4009 so that one of Gonzaga's professional Student Development staff can reach out to the student.  Student Development has staff on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support students.  If it is after normal business hours, or over a holiday or weekend, you can also call Campus Security at 509-313-2222 if you have an urgent concern about a student. 

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Student Development has staff on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist in any urgent crisis situation.

In an urgent situation that needs immediate attention, please call Gonzaga Dispatch at 509-313-2222 for assistance.