Dangerous, Disruptive, or Disturbing Student

If you encounter a DANGEROUS student or a student threatening harm to self or others:

  • Call 9-1-1.

If you encounter a DISRUPTIVE or DISTURBING student (without immediate concern for safety):

  • Attempt to deescalate the situation; refer the student to U Matter, We Care to assist in problem-solving; meet and work on a solution.
  • Inform your supervisor.
  • Consult with and notify U Matter, We Care at umatter@ufl.edu.

If you encounter a TROUBLED student (without immediate concern for safety):

  • Address the situation on an individual level; consider having someone meet with you and the student.
  • Consult with and notify the Dean of Students Office (umatter@ufl.edu).
  • Avoid offering confidentiality to the student.
  • Deal directly with the behavior according to classroom protocol; provide corrective feedback and offer to help.
  • Encourage the student to use campus and community resources; offer to walk the student to assistance or call and make an appointment.
  • Inform and consult with your supervisor.


Dean of Students Office (DSO)


DSO – U Matter, We Care

DSO – Your Well-Being

Crisis Support – UF Counseling and Wellness Center

UFPD: (352) 392-1111

DSO U Matter, We Care: (352) 294-2273

Counseling & Wellness Center: (352) 392-1575 (night and weekend crisis line for students)

DSO/Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution: (352) 392-1261

Alachua County Crisis Center: (352) 264-6789

Version Date: February 2024