Concerns About Student Behavior

Although instances of Maryland students engaging in disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior are rare, circumstances may arise that cause concern among our faculty, staff, or students. Oftentimes, the concern stems from behavior, in or out of the classroom, that might be considered odd or out of the ordinary. Some warning signs might include the following:

  • Disorderly or substantially disruptive behavior
  • Verbal aggression expressing uncontrollable anger, hostility, or frustration
  • Unusual, bizarre, or disturbing behavior
  • Threat of violence or physical harm in person, over the telephone, or through electronic means
  • Destructive behavior causing damage to property
  • Stalking behavior pursuing another person
  • Act/s of violence striking, pushing, or assaulting another person
  • Possession of a weapon

What Should I Do If I Am Concerned About a Student's Behavior?

It is most important to remember that early intervention is vital and that trained colleagues are prepared to assist. Below are University resources available to address specific situations.

Issue Resource Phone
WEAPONS, VIOLENCE, SUBSTANTIAL DISRUPTION, THREATS
Immediate Police response and intervention
Department of Public Safety 301.405.3333 or 911
MENTAL HEALTH OR PSYCHIATRIC CONCERNS

Immediate medical health/psychiatric care
Mental Health Service 301.314.8106
EMOTIONAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CONCERNS

Assessment, counseling, and consultation
Counseling Center 301.314.7651
DISORDERLY OR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

Behavior evaluation under Code of Student Conduct
Office of Student Conduct 301.314.8204
BEHAVIOR EVALUATION, THREAT ASSESSMENT, OR CONSULTATION

Behavior evaluation or threat assessment
BETA Team 301.314.8428
(301.314.BETA)