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What to Refer

Worried about a student? Noticing changes in their behavior? Do you want to reach out and talk with them about what's going on, but you're not sure how to approach them? Are you worried that a student will "get into trouble" if you share your concerns? 

When you become worried about a student, deciding when to intervene and when to refer can be confusing. Additionally, the number of resources available to assist students can be overwhelming. The CARE Team is here to help. If you are worried about a student here are some guidelines to help you decide when to refer concerning behavior to the CARE Team. 

It is always better to err on the side of caution and report behaviors you think may be of concern. If there is an imminent danger to the safety of the student or others call 9-1-1 from any campus phone and contact the police immediately.

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

Examples of behaviors to refer may include, but are not limited to:

  • Clear signs of distress
  • Erratic behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Threatening words or actions
  • Violent or aggressive behavior
  • Classroom disruptions
  • Excessive absenteeism
  • Lack of responsiveness
  • Lack of emotional expression
  • Relationship violence
  • Alienation / isolation from others
  • Writings that convey clear intentions to harm oneself or others
  • Suicidality, including threats, gestures, ideations, and attempts
  • Observed self-injurious behavior (such as cutting or burning)
  • Extreme rudeness or insubordination toward university officials, staff, faculty, or administrators
  • Postings on social media outlets that are threatening
  • Overreaction to changes in policies / procedures
  • Extreme or sudden changes in behavior

When in doubt, submit a report (preferred) or call (303) 315-7306 for consultation.​


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CU Denver: 303-315-7306​
CU Anschutz: 303-724-8488


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