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Identifying Problematic Behaviors

About BIT  |   Reporting  |  Identifying at Risk Students 

All students have the capacity to be frustrated, upset, or depressed at one time or another.  However, there are levels of student distress which, when present over a period of time, may suggest that the problems are more serious than conventional life stressors.

Level 1 (Yellow)


Level 1 students may not be disruptive to others in the classroom or on campus.  However, the behaviors below may indicate an issue and help may be needed:
  •   Serious grade problems.
  •   Unaccountable change from good to poor performance.
  •   Change from frequent attendance to excessive absences.
  •   Change in pattern of interaction.
  •   Marked change in mood, motor activity, or speech.
  •   Marked change in physical appearance.

Level 2 (Orange)


Level 2 students may display significant emotional distress or an inability to recognize a need for personal help:
  •   Repeated requests for special consideration.
  •   New or regularly occurring behavior which pushes the limits and may interfere with class management or be disruptive to others.
  •   Unusual or exaggerated emotional response.

Level 3 (Red)


Level 3 students may exhibit serious behaviors which may demonstrate the student is in crisis and needs emergency care:
  •   Highly disruptive behavior (hostility, aggression, etc.).
  •   Inability to communicate clearly (garbled, slurred speech, disjointed thoughts).
  •   Loss of contact with reality (seeing/hearing things that are not there, beliefs or actions at odds with reality).
  •   Overt suicidal thoughts (suicide is a current option).
  •   Homicidal threats.
  •   Individuals deficient in skills that regulate emotion, cognition, self, behavior and relationships.


What You Can Do
Responses to Level 1/Level 2 Behaviors


  •   Calmly talk to the student in private when you both have time.
  •   Express your concern in non-judgmental terms.
  •   Listen to the student and repeat the gist of what the student is saying.
  •   Clarify the costs and benefits of each option for handling the problem from the student’s point of view.
  •   Respect the student’s value system.
  •   Ask if the student is considering suicide.
  •   Make appropriate referrals if necessary.
  •   Make sure the student understands what action is necessary.
  •   Make a report to the BIT Team.

Responses to Level 3 Behavior


  •   Stay calm.
  •   Call emergency referrals.
  •   Make a report to the BIT Team.