Immediate Threat of Violence or Substantial Disruption - The Department of
Public Safety (301.405.3333 or 911 will respond to
a student who acts in a violent manner or threatens violence. Additionally, the
Office of Student Conduct is authorized to impose an immediate suspension from
classes (pending a hearing) if a student engages in threatening or disruptive
behavior. Procedures may be initiated by the Vice President for Student Affairs
or the Director of Student Conduct to require an evaluation conducted by campus
mental health professionals or to dismiss students who pose a "direct threat" to
self or others.
Medical or Psychiatric - If you think a student is at risk of harming him/herself or others (suicidal
or homicidal) or is exhibiting extremely bizarre behavior, contact the University Health Center Mental Health Services at 301.314.8106. The
Department of Public Safety (301.405.3333 or 911) should be contacted if there is a threat of violence or medical
transportation is required.
Emotional or Psychological Distress - When a student shows signs of
emotional or psychological distress, comprehensive evaluation and treatment are
provided by the Counseling Center in Shoemaker Building or Mental Health Services in the Health Center. For
consultation with a counselor, you may contact the Counseling Center at
http://www.counseling.umd.edu/Services/needhelp.htm. Services available at
the Counseling Center are free to students.
Disorderly or Disruptive Behavior – A student who exhibits behavior that is disorderly, disruptive, or poses a
concern for violence should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct at 301.314.8204 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Disruptive or disorderly students may be in
violation of the University’s Code of Student Conduct and/or be referred
to specific counseling or mental health interventions, if appropriate. Additional
advice is provided in a Classroom Disruption Advisory issued by the Office of
Student Conduct and may be found at
Behavior Evaluation and Threat Assessment – In order to provide a coordinated response to student behavior assessment, the Vice President for Student Affairs created the Behavioral Evaluation & Threat Assessment (BETA) Team which provides evaluation, assessment, and consultation to faculty and staff. The Team is comprised of representatives from the departments of Public Safety, Mental Health, Counseling, and Student Conduct. If you would like to discuss a specific student behavioral concern, please contact John Zacker, BETA Team chair, at email@example.com or 301.314.8428.