Defining and Reporting At-Risk Behaviors
The College has multiple reporting mechanisms in place for identifying and reporting threatening and/or at risk behavior and concerns.
Examples of acts/threats of violence or threatening behaviors that should be referred to BAT, as appropriate:
- Brandishing guns, firearms, or other weapons
- Suicide threats (verbal or written) or attempts
- Acts of physical aggression/violence toward another person
- Threats (verbal or written) to physically harm or kill someone
- Psychotic, delusional and/or paranoid behavior that is perceived as threatening to others
- Stalking behaviors
- Bullying or Harassment (in person or on-line)
- Social media postings of a threatening or violent nature
- Threatening or provocative writings produced in a classroom setting
Examples of at-risk behaviors to be reported to BAT, but which may not require immediate intervention:
- Severe depression and/or other minor self-injurious acts (such as superficial cutting)
- Significant AOD abuse
- Severe Eating Disorders
- Disruptive classroom behaviors
Handbook for Assisting Students in Distress
Referrals to BAT for At-Risk Behaviors
Faculty, students and staff who are concerned about a student displaying at risk behaviors should submit a written behavioral report to the Chair of BAT. The report will be reviewed by the Chair and reviewed by BAT as appropriate based on the nature of the behavior, the severity of the safety risk and the needs of the student.
Referrals to BAT may come from any member of the campus community, including the members of BAT.
Faculty and staff members should report a potential threat or concern by filling out a written Students At-Risk Reporting Form.
The Students At-Risk Reporting Form will be reviewed by the Chairperson of BAT.
Reports can also be taken by phone by the Chairperson of BAT or any member of BAT, who should take notes outlining the potential threat or concern;
The faculty or staff member who submits the information will receive an acknowledgement from the Chairperson of BAT confirming that appropriate responses have been or are being made.
Faculty or staff submitting a report should not expect detailed information about the disposition of their submission because the issue may involve confidentiality rights of the student. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed to reporters.
Before submitting a written Students At-Risk Reporting Form, faculty and staff may consult with any member of BAT. However, filing a formal written Students At-Risk Reporting Form may still be required following the consultation.
Once the report is submitted, the Chairperson of BAT or designee will determine what steps need to be followed. These could include: speaking with the student; gathering additional evidence or information by interviewing members of the campus community; compiling additional documentation; reviewing evidence sources (e.g., Google, public information, security records, and/or academic records).
Faculty and staff should submit additional reports as new concerns arise or as behavior is repeated, even if they have done so before. A single incident may be insufficient to take action, but a pattern of incidents may require an institutional response.