Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Signs of Distress

Behaviors often reflecting distress include:

  • Loss of academic efficiency, serious grade problems; excessive absences; marked change in previous level of performance
  • Withdrawal, significant relational/social isolation; not leaving residence hall room for sustained periods
  • Anxiety, pacing, muscle tension, sweating, etc; and impaired thinking: worrying, ruminating, easily distracted, etc.
  • Depression, excessive crying, fatigue, change of appetite, disturbed or excessive sleeping, change in hygiene, negative thinking along themes of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Dramatic increase in alcohol or drug use
  • Bizarre or out of the ordinary behavior, acting out, emotional outburst, loss of rationality, venting, screaming, swearing, high energy output (Psychological/Behavioral Emergency)
  • Intimidation, individual is verbally or nonverbally threatening (Psychological/Behavioral Emergency)

Faculty and staff should note that all members of the University community are expected to act towards one another with sensitivity, consideration, understanding, appreciation, tolerance, civility, and an active concern for one another. The University is particularly concerned that its members show respect for others regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, and other characteristics protected by law, and refrain from all forms of harassing or offensive behaviors that demean the inherent dignity of others (see Student Handbook).

All Loyola University Chicago students are expected to adhere to these principles. Faculty and staff who are confronted with a student who does not adhere to the principles of the university's Ethos Statement, all University policies as outlined in the Student Handbook, and all local, state and federal laws may refer the student directly to the Dean of Students (ext 8-3900) for adjudication. Be prepared to give the student's name and the type and frequency of the behavior you have observed. You may also contact the Behavioral Concerns Team.