Students who pose a concern for their own safety, or that of others, must be reported immediately to the UMass Lowell Police Department (UMLPD). A STARS referral can then be placed to document the behavior for follow up or assessment. STARs referrals are not reviewed during non-business hours.
Safety Concerns – for the student
In situations where a student has written or vocalized self-harm or suicidal ideation this must be reported directly and immediately to the UMLPD by the person who witnessed or received this threat. Call extension 44-911 on-campus; or call: 978-934-2911 off-campus.
The student may say or write such things as:
- “I have no reason to live.”
- “I am going to end it all.”
- “I may just jump of the bridge.”
- “No one will care if I am here or not.”
- “Life is hopeless.”
There are many ways a student may express suicidal ideation; when in doubt call UMLPD immediately.
Safety Concerns – for self
- Student sends frequent, lengthy, "ranting" or threatening types of emails to professor / Teaching Assistant (TA).
- Student writes concerning content in papers or essays indicating potential self-harm or harm to others.
- Student behaves physically threatening toward you or another person with you.
Safety Concerns – for the community
- Student indicates in writing or verbally thoughts of harming others in the community.
- Student writes or verbalizes a plan to cause harm.
- Student indicates they have a weapon or weapons and plans to cause harm.
- Student leaves a backpack or bag, or an item somewhere and walks away.
- Student posts threatening messages on social media.
Safety Concerns – for an individual
- Student posts a direct threat toward an individual on social media.
- Student verbalizes or writes a direct threat toward an individual.
- Student behaves in a threatening manner toward another person.