What may be considered distressed behavior?

  • excessive absences
  • hostile, threatening or violent behavior
  • serious grade problems
  • markedly changed patterns of interaction (avoiding participation or dominating discussions)
  • unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
  • withdrawal from activities or friends
  • significant change in sleep or eating patterns
  • perfectionism, procrastination, or excessive worrying
  • depressed mood
  • inability to communicate
  • loss of contact with reality
  • suicidal thoughts or expressions of intention

Does the behavior place anyone at (immediate) risk? 

If the behavior is placing someone in immediate risk or if a serious or threatening incident occurs in the classroom, academic building or on campus, Public Safety should be contacted immediately by calling 541-737-7000 or 7-7000.

If you are unsure about whether or how to intervene with a student who appears to be distressed, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Is this student's behavior disturbingly out of the ordinary?
  • Is the behavior getting worse?
  • Is this beyond my skill level?
  • Am I feeling like I want to talk with someone about my observations and concerns?

If the answer is "yes" to any of those questions, it is probably a good idea to consult with a colleague. An on-call counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is generally available at 541-737-2131 during business hours to help you evaluate the situation and assist you in considering your options for intervention.