Dangerous, Disruptive or Disturbing Student

gatorsafe_icon_web_DISRUPTIVESTUDENTIf an individual is dangerous or threatening harm to self or others, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you encounter a disruptive or disturbing student

If you are NOT concerned for your immediate safety or that of others:

  • 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

If you are NOT concerned for your immediate safety or that of others:

  • 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.


  • University Police: (352) 392-1111
  • U Matter We Care: (352) 392-1261 or umatter@ufl.edu (7 days a week)
  • Counseling & Wellness Center: (352) 392-1575 (night and weekend crisis line for students)
  • Dean of Students Office/Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution: (352) 392-1261
  • Alachua County Crisis Center: (352) 264-6789


Source: Dean of Students Office

Additional information available at: https://umatter.ufl.edu/helping-students/your-well-being/

Version Date: August 2016