How to report a student who is displaying behaviors that may interfere with their own success or disrupt the learning of others, sometimes known as a student of concern.
Remember that observing any of concerning behavior should prompt you to reach out to that student. However, we have many resources to help with that conversation. If a student’s behavior reaches a level where you feel unsafe, call the UW Police Department at 608-264-2677 or 911.
WHAT IS A STUDENT OF CONCERN?
A student of concern is any student who is displaying behaviors that may interfere with a student’s ability to be successful at the University or disrupts the learning of others.
HOW THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE CAN HELP?
The Dean of Students Office offers:
- Resource referral
- Coordination of outreach and information among multiple offices
Students are referred to the Dean of Students Office from a wide range of sources, including faculty, staff, family members, or other students. The goal is to avert more serious difficulties and provide support as the student works toward academic and personal success.
EXAMPLES OF CONCERNING BEHAVIOR
This list is not comprehensive and may not encompass concerning behavior that you are seeing. No two student situations are the same.
- Missing classes or irregular attendance
- Significant change in behavior
- Comments that are inappropriate or irrelevant to class discussion
- Unable to control emotions
- Poor hygiene
- Appears intoxicated or smells of alcohol
- Appears high or smells of marijuana
- Appears tired or is constantly falling asleep in class
- Very anxious
- Concerning writing or art
- Extreme change in weight
- Extreme change in appearance
- Unusual bruising or other injuries
- Interrupting class discussions
- Interfering with other students’ ability to learn
- Making threats or threatening behavior
- Talking or writing about suicide
Dean of Students Office 70 Bascom Hall 500 Lincoln Drive Madison, WI 53706-1380
Monday-Friday: 8:30am -4pm during Fall and Spring semester