Irrational/Inappropriate Behavior

Students exhibiting irrational/inappropriate behavior have difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality. Their thinking is typically illogical, confused, or irrational, e.g., jumping from one topic to another with no connection; their emotional responses may be incongruent or inappropriate; and their behavior may be bizarre and disturbing. They may experience hallucinations and may report hearing voices. Their academic work (classroom speech or written assignments) may be unintelligible, and they may use words that don’t make sense. While this student may illicit alarm or fear from others, they are generally not dangerous or violent. If you cannot make sense of their conversation or work, you should contact Counseling Services immediately or as soon as possible.

If you encounter a student who displays irrational or inappropriate behavior or appears to be out of touch with reality:

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