Each semester presents new challenges, including students with varying personality types, behaviors, and responses to adversity. If you have ever found yourself dealing with a student who is threatening, verbally abusive, refuses to comply with instructions, and/or appears under the influence then the following may help.
First and most important – should you feel your safety is threatened please reach out to police. In Denton, you can dial or text 911 to connect with our department. Remember to trust your instincts if you feel a situation is dangerous or could escalate.
We encourage you to be proactive with a safety plan and knowledgeable of your environment. Start by asking yourself “What if…..should happen?” to help you determine how you would respond. Talk through situations with fellow faculty and learn from their experiences.
If you plan to meet with a student to discuss behavioral concerns then consider involving your department chair, the Dean of Students Office, or our department prior to a meeting. These areas can be resources for options that help support you and the student.
Should you want to talk through this or any other situation, please feel free to reach out to us. We want to support our faculty. Our Community Relations Team, Officer David Causey, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sergeant Kevin Crawford, at email@example.com are always here to help. Have a great November!