Reporting Concerning, Worrisome, or Threatening Behavior

Concerning Behaviors

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)


Students who are in crisis or who are exihibiting concerning, worrisome, or threatening behaviors often need additional attention in order to ensure they are safe, the community is safe, and that they continue to be successful while at NC State.  The Department of Community and Student Standards works extremely closely with other campus partners to help identify and support these students. 

If you think an immediate emergency situation exists, contact 911 or Campus Police at 919-515-3000 and report the behavior you have observed.


Reporting Concerning Behaviors:

Staff and Faculty are strongly encouraged to report concerning, worrisome, and threatening behaviors. Once reported, members of the University's Behavioral Assessment Team, will review the student's situation, gather information, and connect him or her to the most appropriate campus resource.  A team member will follow up with you within 24 hours after we receive your referral to discuss the situation. 

The Department of Community and Student Standards has set up an incident reporting form where any individual can submit information regarding a student they believe is exhibiting concerning, worrisome, or threatening behaviors.

Click Here to Access the Incident Reporting Site

In addition, any advisor from the Department of Community and Student Standards can assist you if you feel a student may need additional support.  Please don't hesitate to contact our department directly (919-515-2963) if you have questions or concerns.


What is Meant By Concerning Behaviors

Although the terms, "concerning, "worrisome," and "threatening" are subjective in nature, the following list of examples provides some context when assessing whether a student may need additional support:

Academic Indicators:

  • Repeated or persistent absences
  • Deterioration in quality/quantity of work
  • Extreme disorganization or erratic performance
  • Written or artistic expressions of unusual violence, morbidity, social isolation, despair, or confusion; essay papers that focus on suicide or death
  • Continual seeking of special permission (extensions, make-up work)
  • Patterns of perfectionism (can’t accept themselves if they don’t’ get an A)
  • Overblow or disproportionate response to grades or other evaluations


Emotional Indicators:

  • Direct statements indicating distress
  • Significant change in mood
  • Angry or hostile outbursts, yelling, or aggressive comments
  • More withdrawn or more animated than usual
  • Appears over-anxious
  • Excessively demanding or dependent behavior
  • Fails to respond to outreach from staff/faculty


Physical Indicators:

  • Deterioration in physical appears or personal hygiene
  • Excessive fatigue, exhaustion; falling asleep in class repeatedly
  • Erratic or disjointed thinking – skips around a lot; unable to stay focused on one topic; topics don’t align
  • Noticeable cuts, bruises, burns
  • Frequent or chronic illness
  • Disorganized speech, rapid or slurred speech; confusion
  • Substance abuse


Other Factors:

  • Concern expressed by another student or teaching assistant
  • Student is experiencing substantial and prolonged financial or legal problems
  • A sixth sense or hunch that something is wrong


Additional Campus Resources:

University's Behavioral Assessment Team

This team consists of representatives from the various offices listed below.  The team meets regularly in an effort to share and discuss information as well as provide the most appropriate support possible to students in need.  The team is coordinated through the University's Violence and Threat Management Office.

University Police:

University Police provides advice and assistance from the law enforcement perspective, advises the Behavior Assessment Team on options within the Criminal Justice System, and when permissible, provides available information, including but not limited to background information, history of police involvement and additional information to assist with the threat assessment process.  

University Housing:

University Housing plays a signifant role with students living in the residence halls on campus.  Through their expertise, they are able to (1) provide a context for those students who live on campus and present potential threats; (2) share information from University Housing staff on residents who present concerns; and (3) provide advice on what University Housing staff can do to assist victims and perpetrators in any given situation.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center provide clinical expertise and knowledge regarding psychological dynamics in regard to particular cases.  Where appropriate and when releases have been provided, they may also share information about identified students to enhance the standard of care. 

Office of General Counsel

General Counsel’s role is to provide information regarding relevant University policies, regulations and rules, and state, and federal laws and regulations in the course of investigations and response.  General Counsel is also available to discuss balancing the risk and liability to the institution with respect to various situations.