Make sure you know how to recognize a student who may be distressed, or whose behavior is concerning to you because it is disruptive or disturbing. With your help, any student can get the professional care they deserve — and UB can be a safer place for all of us.
It’s important to refer any disruptive or disturbing behavior you see in students.
If you’re unsure if a certain situation should be referred to the Students of Concern Team, please contact Student Conduct and Advocacy for guidance.
People who might be violent usually have other types of problems long before they begin to act out in violent ways. It’s important to know the early warning signs, and contact the appropriate campus office when you see suspicious behavior.
“Distressed” students are those who may be dealing with a mental health issue or crisis that affects their behavior inside or outside of the classroom. Not every distressed student will exhibit the same signs, but some signs include:
This list does not include all possible signs of a distressed student. Typically, you should be more concerned with a student who exhibits multiple signs at the same time.
Disruptive behavior is any behavior that interferes with the rights of other students, faculty and staff and their access to an appropriate learning or work environment.
|Examples of Disruptive Behavior||Behavior That Is Not Necessarily Disruptive|
Any disruptive behavior should be referred to the Students of Concern Team.
Student conduct should not interfere with or prevent the conduct of classes or other university functions, or endanger the safety of members of the campus community by threats of disruption, violence or violent acts. Please review the Obstruction and Disruption in the Classroom policy and consider including it on your syllabi.
A situation may be an emergency if:
You can submit a referral to the Student of Concern Team online, by calling Student Conduct and Advocacy, or by contacting any Student of Concern Team member for a consultation.
This group serves as a central body to which concerning student behaviors may be referred for action or remediation. The team meets regularly to discuss referral cases and coordinate individualized responses to support students who are identified as struggling. Team members assess referred students for their potential risk to the campus and community, make decisions based on the best interests of both the student and the university, and then put individuals in touch with appropriate support services. For more information, please contact Student Conduct and Advocacy.
The Students of Concern Team is comprised of administrators from Student Life and other units at UB
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You are not expected to take care of a distressed student by yourself. If you ever feel unsafe or unsure, get help.
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For after-hours emergencies that require counseling, call University Police at 716-645-2222 and ask for the counselor on call.
University Police can provide assistance if someone is acting strangely or violently. Our officers have experience working with people in crisis and can provide options for further assistance.