Understanding Behaviors of Concern

As a faculty or staff member, you are in an excellent position to recognize behavioral changes that may characterize an emotionally troubled student.

A student’s behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your previous observations, could reflect a need for intervention or be a cry for help.

Potential causes of behavior

  • Confusion about class expectations or material
  • Difficult transition to college (e.g., exhibition of “high school” behaviors)
  • Cultural values, norms and behaviors that are appropriate in the student’s cultural environment, but clash with classroom setting
  • Erosion of civility in society
  • Underlying psychological problems

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