What is a Crisis?
A major obstacle directly affecting academic performance, a temporary setback or exceptional circumstance, and the absence of the necessary resources to function can trigger a student to a personal crisis or "at risk". Communicating interest and concern to the person in difficulty can play a noteworthy role in helping regain the emotional balance required to cope. It is important to note however, that a risky behaviour is not synonymous to a student deemed at risk.
To determine a crisis situation, determine if the incident:
- involves a threat of serious injury or potential danger to someone,
- poses a threat of serious disruption,
- involves potential legal liability, or
- has other unique features which make the incident volatile
Some examples of crisis situations include a serious injury, a sudden death of a student, staff or faculty member, physical violence or threat of physical violence or other unanticipated traumatic event.
A disruptive individual is any person whose unusual, unreasonable or unacceptable behaviour or attitudes interferes with the academic, administrative or other activities of the University.
Some examples of disruptive behaviour include verbal threats, physical threats or assault, damage to University or other people's property, misconduct resulting from drug or alcohol abuse, persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention or habitual interference with the work or classroom environment.