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Distressing Student Behavior

In your dealings with students, you may at some point notice behaviors that are concerning to you or others in the USF community. We rely on you to report anything that you find troubling or out of the ordinary as you are the CMBIT’s best resource because you are familiar with the student.

If you believe there is an immediate threat, call Public Safety dispatch at 415-422-2911.

If there does not seem to be an immediate safety concern, but you are still worried about a student, please contact the CMBIT at 415-422-5330 during business hours or Public Safety’s dispatch non-emergency number at 415-422-4201 after business hours.

Some examples of distressing behavior include:

Eating disorders
Substance abuse
Death of a family member/friend
Disclosure of past traumatic experience (i.e., sexual violence)
Medical condition
Housing/roommate concern
Any pattern of odd behaviors that may pose a (non-emergency) threat to safety 

What do I do if I notice any of these behaviors?

If you believe there is an immediate threat, call Public Safety dispatch at
 415-422-2911. If you believe an immediate referral is unnecessary, and if you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he or she is okay. In many cases, students will ask for help,
and you can then refer them to Counseling and Psychological Services (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
to 5:00 p.m.) at 415-422-6352 and/or the Dean of Students Office at

What happens after I make the referral?

The CMBIT will review your report and make a decision about whether a CMBIT intervention is necessary, or whether the student should
be referred to another office that can better handle the situation. All incident reports are treated seriously and are reviewed by multiple team members.

How do I know if I should go to CMBIT or another office?

The CMBIT will make this determination for you. Simply report the situation to the CMBIT and the team members will take care of the rest.