CARES at College of San Mateo - Behaviors of Concern
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Behaviors of Concern

Dangerous Behaviors


Immediately call 911 if a person is a danger to self or others, acting out and appears to be potentially violent, violent behavior toward self or others, threatening to harm or kill self or others

Suggested actions:

  • Remain Calm
  • Always protect personal safety and safety of others if possible
  • Buy time by talking calmly and with concern until help arrives
  • Whenever a student expresses suicidal thoughts, take them seriously
    and get help immediately by calling Public Safety at (650) 738-7000.
  • File a CARES Report 

Distressed Behaviors


Nervous or anxious, sad, crying, or depressed, inability to concentrate, spaced-out or disheveled appearance, angry, excessive demand for reassurance/support, talking about committing suicide

If a student expresses suicidal thoughts, take them seriously and get help immediately by calling Public Safety at (650) 738‑7000.

Suggested actions:

  • Talk with student privately or confidentially
  • Express concern
  • Inform student about available assistance (see Resources)
  • File a CARES Report

For additional information, see brochure Helping Students in Need

Disruptive Behaviors


Causing disruption in or outside of classroom, irrational or inappropriate comments (or behavior), verbally abusive, defiant, exhibitionist

Suggested Actions:

  • Always protect personal safety and safety of others if possible
  • Inform the student that the behavior is disruptive, inappropriate and unacceptable
  • Attempt to elicit the cooperation of the student. If appropriate:
    • Speak with student privately and confidentially
    • Show concern/acknowledge feeling
  • Set limits for acceptable behavior
  • Warn student of temporary classroom exclusion
If warning fails or discussion with student seems inappropriate, dangerous, or ineffective, request student to leave class. You may contact Public Safety for assistance at (650) 738-7000. Complete a Removal of Disruptive Students Form and submit it to your division dean and the VP Student Services Office. File a CARES Report.

For additional information, see brochure Addressing Disruptive Behavior of Students on Campus