Dangerous Student Behaviors

These are the behaviors that leave us feeling frightened and in fear for our personal safety or the safety of others.

  • Suicidal
  • Para suicidal (self-injurious)
  • Individuals engaging in risk-taking behaviors (e.g., substance abusing)
  • Hostile, aggressive, relationally abusive
  • Individuals deficient in skills that regulate emotion, cognition, self, behavior, and relationships

What can you do?

  • Consult with the Counseling and Career Center.
  • If you are concerned there is an immediate threat to either the student or others call 911.
  • Keep your communications with the student simple and avoid information overload.
  • Talk slowly.
  • Try to be okay with silences as it may help them feel less agitated if you are calmly listening.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Tell the student that the Counseling and Career Center may be able to assist them better than you yourself can. If the student seems amenable to talking, walk them over to the Counseling and Career Center where every effort will be made to see them. If they indicate they would be willing to talk to someone, but cannot do so now, then give them a counseling services brochure or card which you can obtain by requesting copies from the Counseling and Career Center on the Cattaraugus County Campus 716.376.7508, Jamestown Campus 716.338.1007, or North County Extension Center at 716.338.6527 or 6528.
  • Become familiar with the services provided by the Counseling and Career Center.
  • For more information, you can contact the national suicide hot line: 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255) or visit www.ulifeline.org.

What should you not do?

  • Do not ignore warning signs that the student is about to lose control of their emotions.
  • Do not threaten, dare or touch the student.
  • If a student seems delusional do not try and talk him or her out of their beliefs
  • Do not wait before taking action.
  • Do not try to keep a student from leaving the classroom.
  • Do not panic.

To make a referral to the BIT please use this form.

NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool from The National Center for Higher Education Risk Management

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