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- Student seems withdrawn, silent, lacks friends, especially if this is a change in behavior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