Responding to Distressed or Disruptive Students

The Distressed Student

Student is troubled, confused, very sad, highly anxious, irritable, lacks motivation and/or concentration, demonstrates odd behavior or is thinking about suicide.

The Disruptive Student

Student’s conduct is disruptive or dangerous, s/he uses verbal or physical threats, is actively threatening suicide or violence and is resisting help.

Consultation Resources

Questions about emotional and behavioral issues and getting help

Counseling Services
(808) 932-7465 (Mon-Fri, 7:45 AM—4:30 PM)

After Hours

ACCESS - suicide & crisis hotline
(24 hours, 7 days a week)
(800) 753-6879
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255

Consultation/Intervention Resources

If physical safety of student and/or others is of immediate concern and student is on campus

UH Hilo Campus Security — Emergency
(808) 974-7911
UH Hilo Campus Security — Non-Emergency
(808) 932-7013

If student is off-campus

Hawaiʻi Police Department — Emergency
Hawaiʻi Police Department — Non-Emergency
(808) 935-3311

Administrative or Conduct Concerns (if any)

Director of Student Conduct
(808) 932-7472

Non-Academic Misconduct Concerns (if any)

Director of Student Conduct
(808) 932-7472

Academic Status Concerns (if any)

Contact College Dean/Department Chair


Call Campus Switchboard for contact information

  • (808) 932-7000

Follow-Up (if needed)

For consultation with or referral to campus emergency counseling or health resources, call

Counseling Services
(808) 932-7465
Student Medical Services
(808) 932-7369

For a student off-campus at the time, call

Hilo Urgent Care
(808) 969-3051

This information is brought to you by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

More Information
Disruptive Student Behavior in the Classroom

Adapted from the University of Florida. 8/15/2013; 4/21/2014