IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY and/or there is a potential threat to you or someone else dial 9-1-1 or call Campus Security at (208) 426-6911
Living, learning, and working at Boise State can be stressful and sometimes the reason behind someone who is disruptive, threatening or irrational. The CARE Team provides assistance to the university community to help assess and find solutions for managing distressing, disturbing, disruptive, and dangerous behaviors.
1. Learn about these behaviors below and discover ways you can help yourself or another.
Distressing Behavior usually includes a significant change in a person’s appearance, performance or emotional state and may be symptomatic of a person’s inability to manage personal or emotional difficulties.
- Sleep disturbances (too much or too little)
- Dramatic weight fluctuations/changes in eating patterns
- Change in personal hygiene
- Difficulties making decisions
- Heightened emotional response (irritability, tearfulness)
- Over dependence on others
Disturbing Behavior is most easily identified as “strange” or “odd” behavior that may cause alarm, fear or frustration.
- Jokes about killing self
- Self-mutilating behavior (cutting, burning)
- Expressed suicidal thoughts
- Impaired speech or disjointed thoughts
- Emotional response may be incongruent and/or inappropriate
- Disconnect with reality (talking to someone imaginary)
- Paranoid thoughts
- Risk-taking behavior
- Bizarre behavior out of context for the situation
Disruptive Behavior is conduct that distracts others in a manner that unreasonably interferes with typical operations of the University.
- Refusing to leave
- Throwing objects
- Verbally abuses or intimidates others
- Overly demanding of others time and attention
- Interrupts the educational process
- Heightened anger or aggression
Dangerous Behavior may be a red flag of a potential threat to the safety of others.
- Dehumanization or objectification of others
- Lack of empathy
- Sense of entitlement
- Attitude of superiority
- Anger management problems
- Entertains themes of violence in all areas of life
- Broad-based feelings of persecution by others
- Blames others for problems in life
- Conspiracy and revenge themes
- Generalized arrogance
2. I’ve recognized these behaviors. What do I do next?