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Student Mental Health

Twin Cities Campus

Disruptive Behavior

Identifying the Problem

You note that a student has had a marked change in behavior or habits — he or she has stopped attending class, performs more poorly, rarely interacts, is poorly groomed, or appears exhausted. The student may behave inappropriately by speaking loudly or out of turn or off-topic, or in ways that are strange and off-putting to others. What do you do?

How to Respond:

  1. TALK with the student in a private setting.
  2. EXPRESS your concerns, noting the behaviors you have observed.
  3. LISTEN to thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way.
  4. ASK if help is needed or wanted, and what might be of help.
  5. SET LIMITS by clarifying what is and is not acceptable behavior, and what the consequences will be for noncompliance.
  6. GIVE SUPPORT and understanding wherever you genuinely can.
  7. REFER to professional care if needed by giving contact information about available services listed below.
  8. CONSULT with others as appropriate (faculty, UCCS or Boynton staff, other University offices). Questions about whether or not student behavior violates the Student Conduct Code can be addressed by calling staff at Student Judicial Affairs, 612-624-6073, or visit the website at www.sja.umn.edu.
  9. FOLLOW UP with the student in a reasonable period of time.

University Resources:

  1. Student Counseling Services
    340 Appleby Hall
    Phone: 612-624-3323
    http://www.ucs.umn.edu/
  2. Boynton Health Service, Mental Health Clinic (4th floor)
    410 Church St. SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Phone: 612-624-1444 (clinic number), 612-625-8475 (Urgent Counselor)
    http://www.bhs.umn.edu
  3. SEVERELY DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR THAT ENDANGERS THE STUDENT OR OTHERS MUST BE DEALT WITH IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING 911.

 

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