Responding to Troubled or Disruptive Students
Dean of Students Office
The Troubled Student
Student is confused, upset, very sad, highly anxious, irritable, lacking in motivation and/or concentration, showing signs of depression and mix emotions, demonstrating odd behavior, or thinking about suicide.
The Disruptive Student
Student’s conduct interrupts educational activities of class or is dangerous; student uses verbal or physical threats; student is actively threatening suicide or violence; or is actively harassing others and resisting help from faculty and staff.
Given the recent events of violence on college campuses, the Dean of Students Office has highlighted a list of warning signs. Faculty and staff should not hesitate to communicate with the Dean of Students Office, Drake Security, and the Counseling Center if there are reasons to believe students are facing the following circumstances:
If a student is making threats of violence to themselves or to others, contact Drake Security at 515 271-2222 and the Dean of Students Office at 515 271-2835 immediately. Faculty and staff should take all threats seriously and never place themselves in an unsafe position. Disruptive and troubled student behavior should be coordinated with Drake Security, Dean of Students Office, and Counseling Center.
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