You should report any observations and incidents that cause you to be concerned about an individual's well-being. Direct or implied threats to self and/or others should be taken seriously and reported to Police immediately. This can be done by dialing 911.
The safety and security of our community is a shared responsibility. Early intervention strategies can often result in successful mitigation.
People are often hesitant to contact Police about behaviors due to a variety of reasons. LSU Police encourages ALL reports of suspicious/concerning behavior, even when a crime may not have been committed. LSU Police works closely with University and community partners in order to effectively respond. Some reports may warrant a referral to the LSU CARES network, rather than a Police response.
Signs of Concerning Behavior may Include:
- Classroom disruptions
- Stalking and harassing contact/communication
- Erratic or strange behavior, including paranoia
- Threatening words, gestures, ideations, attempts and actions
- Clear signs of distress or difficulty managing stress
- Inappropriate emotional and social responses
- Poor personal hygiene and care that leads to disruption
- Substance abuse
Importance of Reporting:
- To ensure that behaviors of concern do not escalate.
- To ensure that appropriate resources may be directed or communicated.
- Describe details of the behavior so an appropriate response may be identified.
- Provide names and contact information for witnesses.
Anonymous reports are welcome, however, please be aware that this may create unnecessary obstacles for follow-up. The University will, to the extent permitted by law, maintain the confidentiality of all reports.
If there is a possibility that a student may harm themselves or others, dial 911 immediately!