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Reporting Process: Red Flag Behavior

The Importance of Reporting "Red Flag" Behaviors

The overall goal of the Students of Concern/Crisis Prevention Plan is to promote a safe University environment for all students and staff focused on student learning and student development. By encouraging all members of the campus community to report behaviors that are concerning, the SCC will be able to reach out to students to intervene, provide support and connect them with resources that can assist them. As such, the SCC asks that the University community report concerning "red flag" behaviors.

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    Identifying "Red Flag" Behaviors

    Recognizing that it is not uncommon for college students to display some questionable or inappropriate behaviors, "red flag" behaviors are those questionable, suspicious or inappropriate behaviors that go beyond what seems normal or reasonable for the situation. "Red flag" behaviors may be presented through a student’s appearance, spoken or written words or specific actions.

    Examples of "red flag" behaviors include:

    • Behaviors which regularly interfere with classroom environment or management.
    • Notable change in academic performance – poor or inconsistent preparation.
    • Notable change in behavior or appearance.
    • Impairment of thoughts – verbal or written.
    • Overly aggressive behaviors toward others; inability to set limits or re-direct focus.
    • Poor decision-making and coping skills.
    • Inappropriate or strange behavior.
    • Low frustration tolerance.
    • Overreaction to circumstances.
    • Lack of resiliency.
    • Writings and comments endorsing violence; unusual interest in violence.
    • Indirect or direct threats in writings or verbalizations.
    • Lack of empathy and concern for others; inability to care.
    • Anger management problems.
    • Threats to others.
    • Appearance of being overly nervous, tense or tearful.
    • Expression of suicidal thoughts or feelings of hopelessness.
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    Students of Concern Report

    The Students of Concern Report is designed to enable faculty, staff and students to voluntarily report “red flag” behaviors that may raise concerns and incidents of student misconduct at Detroit Mercy. An incident, in this context, is an event that does not warrant immediate intervention. In the event of an emergency that requires immediate intervention, call Public Safety at 313-993-1123.

    In accordance with the Detroit Mercy Student Code of Conduct, information provided in the Students of Concern Report may also be considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action with students.

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    Student Concerns Regarding Other Students

    Any student with a concern about another student may submit a Students of Concern Report form. As with staff, students can identify themselves in the report or can submit the report anonymously.
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