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Behaviors of Concern

Distressed Behaviors:

Nervous or anxious, sad, crying, or depressed, exhibits an abrupt change in performance, behavior or appearance, inability to concentrate, angry, under the influence, excessive demand for reassurance/support, expressing suicidal thoughts

Suggested actions:

  • Talk with student privately or confidentially
  • Register concern
  • Inform student about available assistance
  • Submit a CARES Report
  • Whenever a student expresses suicidal thoughts, take them seriously and get help immediately by calling Public Safety at 650-738-4199.

Out-of-Character Behaviors:

Causing disruption in or outside of classroom, inappropriately focusing attention on self, irrational or inappropriate, unrelated or bizarre comments, verbally abusive, defiant, exhibitionist

Suggested Actions:

  • Always protect personal safety
  • Protect safety of others, if possible
  • If appropriate:
    • Speak with student privately and confidentially
    • Show concern/acknowledge feelings
  • Set limits for acceptable behavior

  • Submit a CARES Report
  • If discussion with student seems inappropriate, dangerous, or ineffective, request student leave class and contact Public Safety immediately at 650-738-4199.

Dangerous Behaviors:

Danger to self or others, acting out and appears to be potentially violent, violent behavior toward self or others, threatening to harm or kill self or others

Suggested actions:

  • Always protect personal safety
  • Protect safety of others if possible
  • Immediately call 911
  • Buy time by talking calmly and with concern until help arrives.