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Behaviors of Concern

If you need to report an emergency, please contact the University of Scranton Police Department at (570) 941-7777.


In non-emergency incidents, members of the University community are encouraged to address concerns directly with students in a caring manner.  Below are examples of common concerns that students may be dealing with in an ongoing fashion, and might benefit from additional support.  In these types of cases, you are encouraged to contact a member of the SBCC to refer the student.


When displayed by a student, any one or more of the following behaviors indicate that the student might benefit from additional support and referral to the Student Behavioral Concern Committee ("SBCC"):


Academic Concern

  • Irregular class attendance or excessive absences
  • Marked change in quality of work and grades
  • Multiple requests for extensions
  • Poor concentration, struggling with workload, academic difficulty
  • Disturbing content in class writing or presentation (i.e., violence, death, etc.)


Behavioral Concern

  • Disheveled appearance / significant change in appearance
  • Refusal to comply with classroom rules or written codes of conduct, and/or continuous classroom disruptions
  • Statements or behaviors reflecting a sense of worthlessness, hopelessness, and/or helplessness
  • Aggressive or violent statements or behaviors
  • Statements of harm to self or others, suicidal ideation and/or suicide risk


Emotional Concern

  • Complaints of no energy / problem with self-motivation, sleep/appetite change
  • Anxiety, inability to handle stressful situations (i.e., lacking resilience)
  • Depression or extreme sadness, mood swings
  • Obsessively suspicious, paranoid, hearing or seeing things that others are not experiencing
  • Expression of emotions that are inappropriate to the context of the conversation, emotional outburst (e.g., inappropriate anger/irritation), and/or excessive crying


Physical/Health Concern

  • Health-related issues (e.g., injuries, medication related), concussion(s), chronic illness
  • Substance abuse (i.e., alcohol/drug/prescription medication)
  • Eating disorder/disturbed eating behaviors
  • Self-destructive behavior (cutting, burning, etc.)
  • Abuse; physical, mental, and/or sexual


Social Concern

  • Transition/Involvement concerns
  • Relationship issues, removing self from friend group(s)
  • Family issues, grief (e.g., divorce, loss of loved one), limited support system, financial difficulties
  • Bizarre/disjointed thoughts
  • Intimidation, bullying of others, threats made against others