SDAT Behavior Chart for Faculty

Print versionPDF document

Hostility, verbal aggression, depression, isolation and withdrawal are key signals that should not be ignored. Disregarding early warning signs facilitates escalation. It’s better to offend a student by “over-reacting” and apologize, than to fail to act in the interest of everyone’s safety.

Below are three categories of behavior and actions that need attention and a response. They are listed in order of increasing severity. Research suggests that acting-out and violent behavior may be diffused if these issues are addressed in the early levels of escalation.

If you are uncomfortable dealing with a student in distress, please call:

  • x4818 or x4528 (Monday through Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm)
  • x3333 in the evenings

A SDAT member will respond.


Level 1: Warning Signs

  1. Pronounced and Sudden Change in Attendance Patterns
    Tardiness and increased absences
  2. Change in Behavior
    Withdrawn, irritable, confrontational, depressed, angry
  3. Negative Change in Attitude
    Significant change in the way the student interacts with staff and/or students.

What Should I Do?

  • Make time to meet with the student one-on-one in a non-threatening and non-punitive fashion, comment on your observations and express your concern.
  • Inquire as to what circumstances may be causing the changes in behavior.
  • Develop an action plan to address issues or suggest a referral to Advising Center to meet with psychologist (x4318).
  • Reference the class syllabus (example: attendance policy).
  • Invite the student to discuss problems that may be interfering with his/her academic goals during your (or advisor’s) office hours.
  • Complete Student in Distress Intervention FormPDF document and send to Dean Kline-Symington.

Level II: Moderate Risk

  1. Negavite/Hostile Attention Seeking Behavior in the Classroom
  2. Threats to do Harm to Self of Others Either in a Direct or Disguised Manner
    Jokes, sarcasm, hints, symbolic gestures, drawings, writing assignments
  3. Withdrawn Behavior of Increasing Concern/Vacant Stare
  4. Openly Confrontive with Faculty and/or Students
  5. No Participation in Class Discussions and Activities with Passive/Aggressive Behaviors and Acting Out

What Should I Do?

  • If needed, contact Public Safety Officer: x3333
  • Notify Student Code of Conduct Office and Director of Public Safety.
  • Meet with the student one-on-one if you feel safe.
  • Express your interest in the student’s well being.
  • In a firm and non-punitive fashion describe the problem behavior.
  • Set clear guidelines regarding appropriate behavior.
  • Address your concerns with your division dean.
  • Complete Student in Distress Intervention FormPDF document and send to Dean Warfield.

Level III: Extreme Risk (call Public Safety – x3333 or 911!!!)

  1. Continured Demonstrations of Odd of Peculiar Behavior
  2. Aggressive and Threatening Behavior or Gestures
  3. Escalating Threats, Raised Voice
  4. Visible Agitation, Physical Tension, Trembling

What Should I Do?

  • Temporarily dismiss the class, diffuse the situation if you can.
  • Call Public Safety: x3333 or call 911
  • Remain calm, don’t engage in an argument.
  • Keep distance between you and the student.
  • Allow the student a way to exit.
  • Don’t allow yourself to be trapped.
  • Reduce noise, talking, questions and stimulation.
  • Campus Police will notify College Administrator (VP level)