Office of the Dean of Students          

Behavior Concerns

If you're concerned about a student, faculty, or staff member, our office wants to help.  Below are some tips on how to work with someone in distress. Also, anyone can contact the Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL) at 512-232-5050 to express concerns about UT faculty, staff, students, and visitors. BCCAL is available 24/7 and callers can choose to be anonymous.

Situations that present an immediate threat to persons or property are considered emergencies and should be directed to the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) at 911.

How to Tell if Someone Needs Help:

How to Help Someone in Distress

Do:

Don't:

Language You Can Use:

What to Watch for / Levels of Concern

What to Watch For / Levels of Concern
What to Watch For / Levels of Concern
Low Moderate High
SPECIFIC BEHAVIORS
  • Excessive eye rolling
  • Constant interruptions
  • Irrelevant discussions
  • Violating classroom rules
  • Interference in others' learning or work duties
  • Continuation of low-level behaviors even after addressed
  • Threatening and posturing in an intimidating manner
  • Hate incidents
  • Active violence
ASSESSING THE SITUATION
  • No direct threats
  • No previous concerns regarding this person
  • Makes others uncomfortable but nothing specific
  • Implied or vague threat, such as "You'll be sorry" or "I don't care if I live any longer"
  • Not the first time I have had a concern regarding this person's behavior
  • Threat through verbal or electronic medium
  • Clear direct and specific threat to hurt self and / or others
  • Multiple lower-level concerns
  • Access or potential access to weapons
  • Multiple incidents
WHO TO CALL
  • Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL): 512-232-5050
  • BCCAL: 512-232-5050
  • Student Conduct and Academic Integrity: 512-471-2841
  • UTPD: 911
  • Follow up later with BCCAL (and Student Conduct and Academic Integrity if warranted)

We encourage faculty and staff to address behavior concerns independently, but BCCAL is available to you to address issues of concern and discomfort as needed.
Low Level of Concern
Specific Behaviors
  • Excessive eye rolling
  • Constant interruptions
  • Irrelevant discussions
  • Violating classroom rules
Assessing the Situation
  • No direct threats
  • No previous concerns regarding this person
  • Makes others uncomfortable but nothing specific
Who to Call
  • Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL): 512-232-5050
Moderate Level of Concern
Specific Behaviors
  • Interference in others' learning or work duties
  • Continuation of low-level behaviors even after addressed
Assessing the Situation
  • Implied or vague threat, such as "You'll be sorry" or "I don't care if I live any longer"
  • Not the first time I have had a concern regarding this person's behavior
  • Threat through verbal or electronic medium
Who to Call
  • BCCAL: 512-232-5050
  • Student Conduct and Academic Integrity: 512-471-2841
High Level of Concern
Specific Behaviors
  • Threatening and posturing in an intimidating manner
  • Hate incidents
  • Active violence
Assessing the Situation
  • Clear direct and specific threat to hurt self and / or others
  • Multiple lower-level concerns
  • Access or potential access to weapons
  • Multiple incidents
Who to Call
  • UTPD: 911
  • Follow up later with BCCAL (and Student Conduct and Academic Integrity if warranted)

Commitment to Student Privacy (FERPA)

Our office respects a student's right to privacy, and therefore, cannot provide information restricted by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records and gives students (over the age of 18 or attending an institution of higher education) the right to access and correct their records. Other than directory information, information contained in the educational records cannot be shared without the students' written consent.