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Behavioral Concerns Assistance

Any person reporting an emergency on campus should call 2222 from a campus phone line or 882-2222 from a mobile phone or other non-university phone immediately.

As with any community, there may be times when faculty, staff or students become concerned with the behavior of another community member. Examples of such concerns include, but are not limited to:

  • A university community member submits written materials that contain wording that seems alarming or out of context.
  • A university community member may notice a colleague whose behaviors or comments may be significantly different than their typical behaviors (i.e., decreased stability and/or increasing irritability, etc.)
  • A roommate or friend may have become increasingly withdrawn or moody, or has not been seen or heard from for a period of time that is out of the ordinary.
  • An acquaintance may not be respecting appropriate personal boundaries (I.e., inappropriate communications or stalking) in a manner that makes another community member uncomfortable.
  • A community member notices another member that has an absence of emotional response (i.e. appears to be boiling under the surface, ready to burst) to a situation, which is a change from their normal behavior.

An interdisciplinary partnership that includes staff members from the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Health Services, Disability Services, Residential Life, Academic Affairs, Human Resources and UTB PD, is in place to respectfully, confidentially and professionally respond to such concerns that members of the campus community may have.

Otherwise, if you are concerned about the behavior of a community member, please follow the link below to report that information. Please include all the relevant information you can in the online form, including your contact information so we can follow up if we need more information. The team will also respond to all anonymous reports.

Best efforts will be made to keep your report confidential in accordance with applicable law.

Other Methods to Report a Concern
Electronic reporting of concerning behavior does not preempt other existing methods of reporting problematic behavior. Suspected violations of law may be reported to UTB PD. The UTB Police Department is operational 24-hours a day. Their main telephone number is 956-882-8232 and may be used to report a threat of violence or concerning behavior.

In an emergency situation, a person should call 2222 from a campus phone line or 882-2222 from a mobile phone or other non-campus phone immediately.

Student Code of Conduct
violations may also be referred to Student Judicial Affairs.

The Student Health Services clinic offers online tips for community members who might be dealing with someone in crisis. They also outline how a community member may refer a student for counseling and also provide information on other resources. .
For Faculty and Staff who have benefits privileges, The University provides an Employee Assistance Program, accessible through Human Resources, which is a confidential benefit that includes short term assessments, counseling, prevention/education, crisis intervention and referrals.

If you are uncertain about what you need to do and wish to speak directly to a staff member about the behavior that you find concerning, please contact, during regular business hours, one of the following individuals:

  • Dr. Hilda Silva
    Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Douglas Stoves
    Dean of Students
  • David Marquez
    Director of Student Rights 
  • Lt. Reynaldo Treviño
    Police Lieutenant
  • Dr. Selma Yznaga
    Director of Academic Advising
  • Dr. Leslie Jones
    Co-Director Learning Enrichment
  • Dr. Nikkie Hodgson
    Executive Director for Enrollment Services
  • Michael Holguin
    Assistant Chief of Police
  • Jaime Richeson
    Coordinator of Student Judicial Affairs
  • Samantha Airhart-Larraga
    Assistant Dean of Medical and Counseling Services
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