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Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment
 

Warning Signs That Indicate a Student May Need Assistance


​​Faculty, staff, friends and family are often in a position to recognize students who are experiencing distress or who may be at risk. Identifying the signs of at-risk behavior and responding in a timely manner may be a significant part of linking the student with the appropriate campus resource(s). 

 
If a student or other member of the campus community is in imminent danger or immediate crisis call 9-1-1 from any campus phone to reach campus police. 

 
Auraria Police Department (Downtown): (303) 556-5000
CU Denver Police (Anschutz): (303) 724-4444​

 
If you see or hear:
  • Unusual or erratic behavior in class, at home, during advising sessions, etc.
  • Extended absence from class or activities by an otherwise engaged student
  • Written work or creative expression with troubling themes or references
  • Written or verbal expressions of suicidal ideation
  • Any direct statement about the intention to harm oneself or other members of the community
  • "Hints" that the individual intends to harm themselves or other members of the community
  • Extreme difficulty adjusting to college life; for example the student is isolated, depressed, and/or very angry, with peers
  • Difficulty in adjusting to sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Poor concentration-the student can't focus, fidgets, or is unable to articulate clear thought patterns
  • Student seems withdrawn, silent, lacks friends, especially if this is a change in behavior
  • Statements from individuals about access to firearms and suggestions that they may be purchasing them, bringing them to campus or already have them on campus
  • Fascination with violence, including video games, rock music, and/or focusing on or admiring violent "role models"
  • Your own "gut feeling" that someone that you know intends to harm themselves or others
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