Thomas Jefferson University

When to Submit a Report

When an individual displays or communicates behavior that causes you concern or that poses a threat to safety or that cause a significant disruption to the Jefferson community, you should submit a referral to the JeffBIT. Trust your instincts, and ask for help if you have concerns. It is much better to over-report a concern than to ignore a situation or incident assuming it is isolated or unimportant. The following behaviors can be signs of distress:

  • Extreme rudeness or insubordination to university officials, staff, faculty, or administrators
  • Classroom disruption
  • All violations of residence hall rules
  • All violations of the student code of conduct
  • Drunkenness or being under the influence of illicit drugs in the classroom
  • Threatening words or actions
  • Themes of suicide, death and dying in papers/projects or writings that convey clear intentions to harm self or others
  • Observed self-injurious behavior, such as cutting, burning, eating disorders, etc.
  • Online postings in social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, websites, e-portfolios) or online class platforms (e.g., class journals, Blackboard) that are threatening
  • Excessive class absenteeism
  • Suicidality, including threats (“I am going to kill myself”), gestures (intentionally erasing one's hard drive), ideation (“I’ve always thought about killing myself by jumping off a cliff”), or attempts
  • Acts motivated by hatred or discrimination
  • Possession of a weapon
  • Paranoia or delusion that a student groundlessly believes they are being targeted
  • Harassment, bullying or stalking
  • Relationship/Domestic/Intimate Partner violence (even if the victim doesn’t want you to tell, unless the information is conveyed to you in a privileged or confidential relationship)
  • Hazing
  • Flat affect or extreme lack of responsiveness
  • “Accidental” overdose, including all involuntary hospitalizations for non-responsive intoxication
  • Academic Behaviors - Deterioration in quality of work, Repeated absences from class or work coupled with signs of distress, Disorganized or erratic performance or behavior

NOTE: In cases where an individual's behavior poses an imminent threat to you or another, contact 911 immediately!

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