Student Life has complied what is referred to as the "Purple Sheet". This document serves as a quick reference to assist faculty and staff in assessing behaviors that may be referred to the CARE team and how to do so.
For imminent threats, please contact 911 immediately.
Expressions of concern about the student by their peers
Marked changes in physical appearance including deterioration in grooming, hygiene, or weight loss/gain
Excessive fatigue/sleep disturbance
Intoxication, hangovers, or smelling of alcohol
Disoriented or “out of it”
Garbled, tangential, disconnected, or slurred speech
Behavior is out of context or bizarre
Safety Risk (Seek help immediately)
Implying or making a direct threat to harm self or others
Unprovoked anger or hostility
Physical violence (shoving, grabbing, assault, use of weapons)
Academic assignments dominated by themes of extreme hopelessness, rage, worthlessness, isolation, suicidal ideations/violent behavior - a “cry for help”
Stalking or harassing behaviors
Communicating threats via email, correspondence, texting, or phone calls
1. Manage the Situation
The welfare of the campus community is the top priority when a student displays threatening or potentially violent behavior. Seek help immediately.
2. Listen Sensitively and Carefully
Use a non-confrontational approach and a calm voice. “I’m worried about you.”
3. Be Direct
Don’t be afraid to ask students directly if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, feeling confused, or having thoughts of harming themselves of others. “Have you been feeling bad enough to consider hurting or killing yourself?”
4. Connect to Resources
Offer alternatives and assist the student in choosing the best resource.
5. Follow Through
Direct the student to the physical location of the identified resource. Follow up with the student and involved parties.
6. Consultation and Documentation
Document your interactions with distressed students and consult with your Principal Administrator/department chair/supervisor after any incident.