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Identifying Disturbing Behavior

Identifying Disturbing Behavior

Disturbing behavior usually causes us to feel concerned, alarmed, afraid or frustrated. Disturbing behavior of a student might mean that there is no negative impact of the behavior on other students, the professor’s ability to teach or conduct class, or the implementation of other professionals’ roles in the University. However, it may indicate that a particular student is having difficulties that affects his/her academic performance. 

  • A student who jokes in class about killing himself. 
  • A student who perspires profusely when giving a talk in front of a class. 
  • A student who discloses that his/her mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. 
  • A student who seems to work harder than most students but can’t pass an exam. 
  • A student who appears to be losing significant weight yet speaks with pride about how little she eats. 
  • A student whose writing appears disjointed and fragmented, as though he cannot maintain a logical sequence in his thought processes. 
  • A student who reports that FBI agents are following her around campus.

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