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Misconduct Quick Tips - Faculty

Minimum Concern - Emotionally Frustrated

Person is frustrated that his/her needs are not being met by a member of the College. Person inappropriately acts out to get attention.

Tips: Response should be dealt with in the least confrontational and disruptive method given the circumstances.

Moderate Concern - Aggressive

Person is highly agitated and creates a disruption causing the faculty member to become uncomfortable with the student’s aggressive nature. May be interrupting the teaching and learning environment.

Tips: If disruption can’t be resolved at minimum level, student should be referred to the Associate Dean/Program Director. If not available, contact the appropriate Dean.

If necessary, student may be temporarily removed from the classroom by the instructor (not normally longer than one class period). This decision is then shared with the Associate Dean and/or Dean to determine whether the student will be allowed back to class or not. Additional notification is made to the Dean of Students at 801-957-4776, by the appropriate Dean. If the decision is made by the appropriate parties, including the instructor, not to allow the student back to class, student may be able to finish the class on-line, in another section or another method. If assistance or questions arise, faculty members are welcome to contact the Dean of Students at 801-957-4776 for support.

Potential Threat – Overly Aggressive – Potential Harm to Others

Person creates an atmosphere where potential danger is present, i.e. verbally abusive, yelling, grabbing a faculty member, or blocking an entrance or exit.

Tips: The faculty should notify Utah Highway Patrol first by calling, 801-957-3800* to have the student removed from the classroom at the time of the incident. The instructor is to inform the Associate Dean/Program Director of this action, who in turn will communicate with the Dean of the School and with the Dean of Students. Arrangements may be made to enable the student to continue progressing in the course and staying on schedule if the removal from the classroom is for an indefinite period of time.

BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) referral is necessary. Associate Dean/Program Director or Dean will contact the Dean of Students office at 801-957-4776. The Dean of Students will convene a behavior alert meeting and appropriate parties will be invited to attend (i.e. instructor, Associate Dean/Program Director and Dean of the School).

Immediate Threat – Harm to Others

Person gives an overt threat to do physical harm to faculty or staff member and/or other students in the learning environment, i.e. use of a weapon, phone calls, written correspondence, or through the use of social media.

Tips: Call 911 – Faculty must take reasonable action to protect themselves and others.

As soon as possible, the faculty member is to contact the Associate Dean/Program Director and/or Dean of the emergency. The Associate Dean/Program Director and/or Dean is responsible to notify Utah High Patrol at 801-957-3800*; Dean of Students at 801-957-4776 and the Director of Risk Management at 801-957-4041.

Potential Suicide

Suicidal behavior is any injurious behavior which is self-inflicted and by which a student intends to kill himself or herself. A suicide threat is any interpersonal action, verbal or non-verbal, that a reasonable person would interpret as communicating that suicidal behavior may be imminent. Suicidal ideation is any self-reported thoughts or feelings about engaging in suicidal behavior.


  • If a student is engaging in or has recently engaged in suicidal behavior, call 911 or Utah Highway Patrol at 801-957-3800*. Also notify the Dean of Students Office at 801-957-4776.
  • If a student has communicated a suicide threat, contact the Dean of Students Office at 801-957-4776 as soon as possible. If it is reasonable to assume that suicidal behavior is imminent, call 911 or Utah Highway Patrol at 801-957-3800*.
  • If a student has expressed suicidal ideation or other warning signs of potential suicide, but has not engaged in suicidal behavior or communicated a suicide threat, contact Health & Wellness Services for consultation and support at 801-957-4268. Also notify the Dean of Students Office. For assistance after hours or on weekends, contact the 24-Hour Community Crisis Line at 801-587-3000.

Common Warning Signs of Suicide

Talk about wanting to die or kill oneself
Researching a way to kill oneself
Feeling hopeless
Feeling trapped
Lacking a reason to live
Feeling stuck in unbearable pain
Feeling like a burden on others
Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated
Reckless behavior
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or isolating oneself
Expressing rage or the desire for revenge
Displaying extreme mood swings