Identifying and responding to behaviours of concern
Identify the experience or behaviour you are witnessing—then read the recommended response.
You are uncomfortable with a student's behaviour but the student is not acting in a way that is distressed, disruptive, disturbing or dangerous.
A student seems distressed in word, appearance or action but behaviour is not disruptive.
A student's behaviour is disruptive: examples include yelling or refusing to follow direction; sending numerous repetitive emails or phone calls.
A student's behaviour is disturbing: examples include aggression, though not directed at specific people; destruction or damage to property; indirect aggressive words or actions; fascination with violence by words or action.
A student discloses a history of violence (as participant or recipient) and/or fear of someone coming to harm them.
A student exibits persistent, unwanted or obsessive contact or other harassment by phone, email or in person.
A student expresses by word or action a direct threat to harm self or others.
(Adapted from Ryerson University's Steps to Take When You Encounter Concerning Behaviour on Campus)