Behavioral Assessment Team

Responding to Distressed and Distressing Students

During their time in college, students experience myriad stressors ranging from academic difficulty, to overwhelming life and personal circumstances, to unmanaged physical or mental illness. At times these stressors impede their ability to function effectively in the college environment. The responsibility to try to identify, refer and report (when needed) students who are struggling or who may pose a risk to themselves or the community is one in which we must all share. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with student support services (e.g., Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Disability Services for Students, etc.) with which you may consult and to which you may refer students directly. However, the information below outlines information and procedures for bringing distressed and distressing behaviors which are persistent, complex, disruptive or threatening, to the attention of key campus personnel so that they may work to develop an appropriate response and intervention plan.

The Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT) is an interdisciplinary team.

Objectives

  • Decrease silos of information regarding students who may pose a risk or threat to campus
  • Identify and coordinate intervention strategies to deal with violence, threats and disruptive behavior
  • Address behavioral issues that interfere with the normal functioning of the University or put the safety of any member(s) of the campus community at risk
  • Coordinate interventions at lowest and least intrusive level possible with goal of getting student on course to function effectively in the University environment

Team Members

  • Associate Vice President of Student, Enrichment Health and Support-Chair
  • Senior Case Manager, Student Life
  • Director of Civility & Community Standards
  • Designee from Academic Affairs
  • Director of the Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Director of the Student Health Services
  • Director of University Housing
  • Department of Public Safety Special Services Lieutenant
  • Human Resources Representative
  • Director of Disability Services for Students
  • Other units as needed, i.e. Technology Services, etc.

What to Report to BAT

  • Acts and threats of violence towards a specific person(s), unspecified persons, and or campus as a whole
  • Significant or persistent violent ideations or expression of violent ideas or intent to harm self and/or others
  • The expression of thoughts, ideas, beliefs, or engaging in behaviors which indicate an obsessive, excessive or inappropriate focus on violence or the committal of violent acts toward others
  • Pattern of physical or emotional bullying or intimidation
  • Persistent, unwelcome pursuit of a relationship, or other verbal or physical conduct that is perceived as intimidating, aggressive, threatening, or as an abuse of power
  • Conduct which assumes a stance of being substantially in charge or attempting to control processes, outcomes or decisions that are inappropriate given the person’s standing or position
  • Persistently or aggressively pursuing options that don’t reasonably exist and continuing to do so after being instructed to cease
  • Persistent behavior which disrupts the functioning of a course or program or which interrupts the ability of other individuals to function normally at the University

BAT Interventions

  • Gather information (members of team meet with reporter, student, friends, and roommates
  • Assess the imminence of the threat
  • Referral to support resources
  • Encourage and help facilitate withdrawal/medical withdrawal
  • Case management and monitoring
  • Police intervention
  • Mental health assessment  
  • Parental notification
  • Recommendation for interim suspension/involuntary withdrawal

How to Report to BAT

Complete and submit the Behavioral Assessment Report Form (pdf) to or call to consult with:

Stephanie Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Student Enrichment, Health and Support 
Chair, Behavioral Assessment Team
Sbrown60@twu.edu
940.898.3615

Behavior that poses or is perceived to pose an imminent threat or risk of harm to anyone must be reported immediately to the TWU Department of Public Safety at 940-898-2911. This number should be used for the Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses. The police dispatcher will contact the appropriate agencies to deal with the incident. The TWU police dispatcher is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

The BAT team will manage and respond to reports in a manner that preserves the privacy of the student to the extent that is appropriate and possible. Information will be shared on a need-to-know basis.

Reporting Students of Concern (SOC)

Reporting Objectives

  • Early intervention with students exhibiting signs of personal, social or academic difficulty that they seem unable to address or resolve  
  • Coordinate and facilitate wrap around support for the student
  • Prevent escalation of negative or destructive behaviors
  • Coordinate interventions at lowest and least intrusive level possible with goal of getting student on course to function effectively in the University environment

To report a student of concern:

Contact:
Stephanie Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Student Enrichment, Health and Support
Sbrown60@twu.edu
898.3615