Student of Concern (SOC)

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If you need to report an emergency, call UH Hilo Campus Security at (808) 974-7911.

Students of Concern Team Purpose

Students experience a wide-range of challenges and adjustments while attending college. As students are adapting to these changes there are times at which severe stress may result in distress or disruptive behavior.

The UH Hilo Students of Concern Team is a multi-disciplinary team who receives referrals about students whose behavior raises significant concerns and reasonably suggests that the behavior, physical and/or emotional state:

  • Presents safety issues for the student or others; or
  • May hinder the student’s ability to meet expected standards of conduct or achieve academic requirements; or
  • May be evidence of severe emotional distress

Behaviors of Concern

Signs that a student may be in distress and warrant a referral to the SOC may arise in the following ways:

  • Academic
    • Communication that is threating or suggests extreme distress
    • Academic work significantly deteriorates in quality
    • Pattern of missing assignments, appointments, or classes
  • Physical/Emotional/Social
    • Marked deterioration of hygiene, appearance or dress
    • Appearance of intoxication or being under the influence of drugs while in class or other settings
    • References to suicide
  • Behavioral
    • Threats to harm others or angry, or volatile behavior
    • Repeated and/or frequent displays of bizarre or unusual behavior
    • Angry outbursts/crying/extreme levels of disruptive activity or conversations

You may make a referral to the SOC by completing the online reporting form or by contacting Kelly Oaks, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at (808) 932-7472.

Adapted with permission from University of South Florida on 8/10/2012.

If there is an imminent threat of danger or an emergency please contact Campus Security at (808) 974-7911.

When cases are referred to the SOC, the team will assess the situation and develop a plan to provide supportive intervention services to help the student meet expected standards of conduct and to avoid the situation escalating to crisis level.

SOC Team Members

The SOC is chaired by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and includes representatives from the following programs:

  • Campus Security
  • Disability Services
  • Housing & Residence Life
  • Kilohana: The Academic Success Center
  • Student Health & Wellness Programs
  • Graduate Council
  • Dean of Students