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East Carolina students face many stressors during their college tenure. Additionally, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus may also be experiencing stressors in their lives that ultimately impact their behavior negatively while in the workplace or while part of our campus community. Frequently, fellow colleagues and peers – students, faculty and staff – are in a good position to identify individuals on campus who, as a result of these stressors, are having difficulty coping.
As such, ECU CARES was developed to offer assistance to distressed individuals, connecting them to appropriate campus resources, and reporting concerning behavior to professionals on campus. This can be a critical first step in helping the individual(s) improve and ensuring a safer campus for everyone.
Below, you can view our on- and off-campus resources, how they are here for you, and how to utilize them.
- Behaviors of Concern
- Disruptive Academic Behavior
- ECU On-Campus Resources
- Local Off-Campus Resources
- ECU Campus Safety Statistics
- Bystander Intervention and Educational Resources
Some individuals will exhibit behaviors that interfere with their academic, career or personal success, but are not likely to indicate a risk to life and safety. Examples of behaviors of concern might include:
- Frequent class absences
- Difficulty adjusting to college life
- Significant time management / procrastination issues
- Falling asleep in class
- Changes in appearance or personal hygiene
Moderate-Risk behaviors are not usually life-threatening, but may be a sign that an individual’s coping skills are being challenged. Examples of moderate-risk behaviors include:
- Withdrawal from friends or daily activities
- Irritability with others or acting out in anger
- Increased isolation from friends or co-workers
- Erratic behavior
- Disruptive classroom or workplace behavior
- Indirect threats to self or others
- Comments about weapons
- Serious emotional distress
- Expressing hopelessness or helplessness
- Disturbing content in academic work
- Indications of alcohol or drug use interfering with academic or social performance
These behaviors may indicate an imminent safety risk to the individual or the community and require assistance from campus and community responders:
- Expressed intent to harm self or others
- Intense or uncontrollable anger
- Brandishing a weapon
- Drug or alcohol overdose
- Fighting or assaultive behavior
- Overt threats to kill
- Suicide attempt or threat
- Bizarre delusions or hallucinations
For faculty who are dealing with a student exhibiting disruptive classroom behavior, the following information and resources in addition to ECU Cares may prove immensely helpful in addressing the behavior:
- The Disruptive Academic Behavior Policy, found in the ECU Faculty Manual: Part VI, Section IV – Student Privacy, Conduct, and Complaints.
- The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities provides a complaint form whereby faculty or staff can register a complaint through the judicial process when a student is believed to have violated the Code of Conduct. More information about the Code of Conduct, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or registering a judicial complaint can be found at https://osrr.ecu.edu/or by calling (252) 328-6824.
- Invaluable suggestions for faculty can be found in the guide titled “Dealing with Disruptive Behavior in Instructional Settings” by Dr. Mike Brown, the former Associate Dean of the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Maggie Olszewska, the former Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Center for Counseling and Student Development
The Center for Counseling & Student Development is a convenient on-campus resource for helping students deal with a wide range of problems. The center offers counseling for individuals, couples, partners, and groups to suit what will work best for you. They also offer services like substance abuse counseling, psychiatric medication consults, referrals, workshops, and crisis services. Appointments are required for non-emergency visits, but crisis or emergency visits are usually seen immediately without an appointment. All services are free to ECU students.
How do I contact this resource?
Location: Umstead Hall, Room 137
Regular hours: 8 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday
Emergency and Crisis Services hours: 11 AM-4 PM, Monday through Friday
Phone number: 252-328-6661
After hours emergency: Contact On-Call Counselor by calling 252-328-6661 and pressing 2 for after hours services
Office of the Dean of Students
How do I contact this resource?
Location: 125 Umstead Hall
Phone number: 252-328-9297
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
ECU’s Good Samaritan Regulation is a tool designed to provide support for those needing medical assistance in an alcohol related emergency that promotes/encourages Pirates to engage in responsible action, bystander intervention. It also removes fear of negative consequences by waiving the first alcohol offense through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) and instead of disciplinary action, OSRR will use a more educational approach.
ECU Advocacy is housed in the Office of the Dean of Students and provides assistance to any member of the ECU Community who has been the victim or witness to a crime or other traumatic event. The ECU Advocacy provides support and guidance in the following ways:
- An opportunity to talk about what happened
- Referrals to campus, community and state resources
- Provide information to help with deciding on a course of action
- Planning for your future safety and that of your friends through workshops and presentations
How do I contact this resource?
Location: Umstead Hall, Room 120
Daytime phone number: 252-328-9297
After hours phone number: Connect with Center for Counseling and Student Development at 252-328-6661 and press 2 for after hours services
Student Health Services
Title IX/Office of Equity and Diversity
Learn about East Carolina University’s Campus Safety statistics and initiatives
Click here to read the ECU Annual Security Report
Bystander Intervention – a philosophy and strategy for prevention of various types of violence, including, but not limited to, bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. The Bystander Effect is defined as a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders. (Ex. the more people(bystanders) that see an incident happening, the higher the chance that they will think someone else will step in and help, but not them).
Schedule a Bystander Intervention Program – ECU Campus Wellness has trained facilitators if you would like a Bystander Intervention program for your group or class. Click here to fill out the customize request form.
Bystander Intervention Tips and Info
- Approach everyone as a friend
- Do not be antagonistic
- Avoid using violence when possible
- Be honest and Direct
- Recruit help if necessary
- Keep yourself safe
- If things are getting out of hand, call the Police
East Carolina University has developed a program called “Stand. Speak. Act.” to help empower students on campus to become active bystanders and protect their fellow Pirates.
- Stand: Stand up for what is right. Take a stand against bullying. Stand up to perpetrators. Stand up for your fellow Pirates.
- Speak: Speak out against violence. Speak up on behalf of fellow Pirates. Be honest and direct when you speak in a situation.
- Act: Call the police or 9-1-1. Avoid using violence whenever possible. Recruit help if necessary.