If you are concerned about immediate safety issues, notify Security for assistance at once at 718.636.3540.

The following signs and observations may help in identifying students at-risk (the list is not all-inclusive).

What are the signs of a student in distress?

Behavioral Signs

  • Isolation or social withdrawal
  • Frequent absences or excessive tardiness
  • Crying
  • Depressed mood
  • Distractedness or difficulty concentrating
  • Failing grades
  • Decrease in academic performance
  • Hyperactivity or restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Increase in accidents
  • Giving away possessions
  • Inappropriate behavior in class 

What is considered disruptive behavior in class?

Behavioral Signs

  • Harming another student or professor
  • Destroying property
  • Impulsive actions
  • Hostile or confrontational statements
  • Physical or verbal intimidation
  • Cursing in class
  • Inappropriate material or content used on projects

Verbal Signs

  • Argumentativeness and irritability
  • Expression of bizarre, extravagant, or suspicious ideas
  • Poor decision-making
  • Inappropriate giggling, laughing, or shouting
  • Explicit reference to personal problems
  • Expression of feelings of hopelessness or helplessness


  • Poor attention to personal hygiene or dress
  • Cuts, bruises, or burns evident on body
  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Bloodshot eyes or bloody nose