When To Be Concerned

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The following behaviors and attitudes may indicate that a student could benefit from additional assistance. Please do not attempt to counsel the student. Instead, please refer the student to the appropriate campus resource (i.e. Health Services, Counseling Services, Career Services) and then immediately submit a CARE report through the College's web based, confidential ADVOCATE system.

If the student exhibits threatening behavior (either to themselves or others), please do not leave the student alone or allow them to leave your office. If this occurs during business hours, contact the Wellness Center at (973) 290-4175 or the Vice President for Student Life (973) 290-4203. After hours, contact 911 for emergency assistance first and then Campus Security (973) 290-4090, who will summon the appropriate campus officials to assist you.

Unusual Behavior
  • Withdrawal from usual social interaction
  • Marked seclusion and unwillingness to communicate
  • Persistent antisocial behavioral such as lying, stealing, or other deviant acts
  • Lack of social skills or deteriorating personal hygiene
  • Inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
  • Loss of appetite or excessive appetite (starving or binging behavior)
  • Unexplained crying or outburst of anger
  • Acutely increased activity (i.e., ceaseless talking or extreme restlessness)
  • Repeated absence from classes
  • Unusual irritability
  • Thought disorder (i.e., the student's conversation does not make sense)
  • Suspiciousness, irrational feeling of persecution

Traumatic Changes in Personal Relationships
  • Death of a family member or a close friend
  • Difficulties in marriage or family relationships
  • Dating and courtship difficulties
  • Sexual abuse (i.e., rape, incest, harassment)
  • Terminal/chronic illness of a family member

Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Indications of excessive drinking or drug abuse (i.e., binges, neglects eating or physical appearance, impaired thinking)
  • Severe drug reaction (i.e., bizarre behavior, unexplained blackouts of memory)
  • Being a child of an alcoholic or drug dependent parent

Academic Problems
  • Dramatic drop in grade point average
  • Poor study habits
  • Incapacitating test anxiety
  • Sudden changes in academic performance
  • Lack of class attendance

Career Choice Problems
  • Dissatisfaction with academic major
  • Unrealistic career aspirations
  • Confusion with regard to interests, abilities, or values
  • Chronic indecisiveness or choice conflict
  • Uncertainty of career alternatives