EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF STUDENT CONDUCT
Understanding Behaviors of Concern
As a faculty or staff member, you are in an excellent position to recognize behavioral changes that may characterize an emotionally troubled student.
A student’s behavior, especially if it is inconsistent with your previous observations, could reflect a need for intervention or be a cry for help.
Potential causes of behavior
- Confusion about class expectations or material
- Difficult transition to college (e.g., exhibition of “high school” behaviors)
- Cultural values, norms and behaviors that are appropriate in the student’s cultural environment, but clash with classroom setting
- Erosion of civility in society
- Underlying psychological problems