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Protocol

Protocol

The Behavioral Intervention Team developed a protocol to ensure that critical student behavior or mental health issues or incidents are addressed appropriately.  Concerns may be reported to the BIT by any student, parent, faculty, or staff member of the College; and, by others not directly associated with the College.  The person who submits a report will be notified upon its receipt.  Due to confidentiality policies and state and federal law, in most cases we will not be able to provide updates or acknowledgements about ongoing activity related to a concern without permission from the student.  We may, however, notify applicable individuals if we feel that a student represents a potential threat to the safety of the members of our community.

After a BIT submission is reviewed, the response to the student of concern will vary depending on the type of concern reported.  This may range from an e-mail and/or phone contact offering assistance for a student representing no risk, to an immediate/mandatory appointment with a student representing potentially high risk.  Students judged to be potentially at risk will be instructed to undergo an ongoing assessment at the Counseling Center.  Following the initial meeting, students may request to be assessed by an outside agency with findings provided back to the BIT.

After the assessment, the BIT will make a determination that takes into consideration the student’s best interest, as well as the best interest of the college community. 

Possible outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • Appropriate assistance/treatment, including a referral to a community resource if necessary.
  • Referral to an additional campus resource.
  • Reduction in access to courses and/or facilities.
  • Withdrawal from the College. 

In determining an appropriate outcome, the College will consider whether there is a reasonable way to accommodate the student to decrease the safety risk to the student or others and/or to ensure compliance with college policies.  Moreover, any decision to withdraw a student from the College will be made in consultation with a professional qualified to interpret the evidence.  The recommendation rendered by the team will be made in a nondiscriminatory manner based on the observation of a student’s conduct, actions, and statements; and not be based on a slightly increased, speculative, or remote risk of substantial harm to oneself or others, or the presence of a mental disorder.

Students who fail to comply with an assessment requirement may be referred to the Vice President of Student Services for action. 

Retaliating against a person who has made a report to the BIT in good faith or has participated in an investigation is prohibited.  Retaliation includes, but is not limited to:  ostracizing the person; pressuring the person to drop the report or not participate in an investigation; or taking other adverse action against the person.  An individual who engages in retaliation under this policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the College’s personnel, faculty, or student life policies, as applicable.

Amnesty Provision

Post assessment, any potential disciplinary sanction will be addressed on a case by case basis. The College’s default position for involuntary hospitalization for alcohol will be an FIO or For Information Only finding for the alcohol violation. An FIO finding indicates that the record of the alleged offense is for internal Flagler College Student Disciplinary records only, and will not be shared without consent to anyone outside of Flagler College. Students who have violated the alcohol policy but bring another student who needs involuntary hospitalization to the staff or campus security attention may be given an FIO finding for an alcohol violation as well.

This program is modeled after the Behavioral Intervention Team at the University of South Carolina and used with their permission