Working with the Student Response Team
Faculty and staff play a key role in keeping the Campus Community and our students safe.
- Often the first to recognize that a student needs help
- Important to have knowledge of campus and community resources for referral
- Responsibility to maintain appropriate learning environment
- Responsibility to report threatening and/or concerning behaviors
- Encourage faculty and instructors to document incidents and concerns in writing
- Second and third hand reports can present numerous challenges
- Reports should address concerns directly – if there is a concern it needs to be expressed as a concern
- Objectivity is essential in documenting classroom disruption
- The report should be very factual and void of personal opinions and feelings
- Detail, detail, detail. The more details included in the report that easier it is to make an informed decision.
- Encourage faculty and staff to read and understand the Code of Conduct
- Some concerns in the classroom do not necessarily fit into this code and may need to be evaluated in more than one context
- One common example of this is in creative expression that may touch on disturbing or violent subject matter
- How are expectations about what is acceptable and limitations about such expression communicated to students?
- Is there a policy or statement in the syllabus?
- Who should review this content and using what scale?
SRT Tools and Possible Outcomes
Our response will vary greatly depending on:
- Nature and Severity of the behaviors and concerns
- Actions and attempts made by faculty/staff to address concerns
- Determination of Code of Conduct Violation
Our response may include:
Coordinated responses may include, but are not limited to, identification of and referral to appropriate support services and resources on- or off-campus; informal resolution measures such as mediation; facilitated dialogue between parties involved; discussions in residence halls or at other campus locations, campus notices and fact sharing; and promotion of wider educational awareness, prevention, and outreach.