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Signs of Concerning Behavior

Students who may be experiencing symptoms of distress may start to show one or several concerning behaviors. These symptoms may be seen through their academic performance or in their relationships with others.

If you or a student you know is presenting these symptoms, contact 865-974-HELP (4357).

A Shift in Academic Behavior

Students who are experiencing symptoms of distress may have a marked decline in academic performance, an inability to cope with academic pressures. Other academic concerns may include:

  • Communication that is concerning
  • Continual seeking of special provisions
  • Disorganized or erratic performance

Behavioral Signs of Concern

Students who are experiencing symptoms of distress may be engaging in disruptive behavior and conduct, self-harming behavior, and/or changes in personal hygiene/sleep/eating habits. Other behavioral concerns may include:

  • Verbal or physical harassment
  • A shift in mood that is sudden or significant
  • Concerning use of alcohol and/or other drugs
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Thoughts or threats of harming others
  • Disorganized speech/nonsensical conversation/emails/texts
  • Emotional/physical outbursts

Concerning Social & Emotional Experiences

Students who are experiencing symptoms of distress may have recently lost a family member or friend, be experiencing relationship issues, and/or be a victim of verbal/physical/sexual abuse*. Other social and emotional concerns may include:

  • Homelessness
  • Financial or familial hardships
  • Depression that seems more than just the blues
  • Thoughts or threats of suicide

* If you or a fellow Vol have experienced a sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking, call the Office of Title IX at 865-974-9600 for support.