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Threat Assessment Team

The Threat Assessment Alert Team (TAAT) is dedicated to a proactive, coordinated and planned identification, prevention, assessment, management, and reduction of interpersonal and behavioral threats to the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors of Roxbury Community College.

Threat assessment is designed to be a preventative process used to identify warning signs and intervene before something preventable happens. Cases are NOT managed on a first-come, first served basis. Rather, all cases are triaged and the most serious cases are managed first. All cases, regardless of the immediacy, will be reviewed and managed in the manner most appropriate for the situation.

In the event of an imminent or significant threat posed, the matter should be immediately referred to the College’s Office of Public Safety and/or the Boston Police Department. This document outlines the process the team will follow upon receiving a referral for threatening, problematic, or concerning student behavior.

The College has a commitment to ensure that no retaliatory actions are taken against any person or persons who submit a referral form to the team.

Members:

  • Chair John McLaughlin, J.D., Interim Vice President of Operations, Finance & Public Safety, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Paul Alexander, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Ruth Hines, Director of Health Services
  • Charles Diggs, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

 

Identifying and Responding to Student of Concern

Signs and Symptoms for Students of Concern

  • Erratic behavior, including infrequent class attendance or failure to follow through with responsibilities.
  • Increasing dependence on a faculty or staff member, parent, or other person (by demanding excessive amounts of time and attention).
  • Social isolation, withdrawal, lethargy.
  • Inability to focus on a specific topic in a conversation or activity.
  • Disorganized thinking and speech, feelings that are inappropriate to the situation, or other evidence that a student is “out of touch with reality”.
  • Expression of feelings of persecution, paranoia, or strong mistrust of others.
  • Disruptive, explosive, or disrespectful behavior.
  • Signs of excessive alcohol or drug use.
  • Abrupt change in manner, style, or personal hygiene.
  • Overtly suicidal thoughts and/or statements expressed verbally or in writing.
  • Statements about harming someone else.
  • Expressed uncertainty and anxiety about emotional stability, family situation, and/or relationship problems.

Guidelines for Responding to a Student of Concern

  • Share your interest and concern openly and directly.
  • Set clear limits about your role with the student.
  • Maintain a student’s privacy, but do not promise confidentiality. 
  • Help a student tell his or her story. Offer the opportunity to listen to what is on his or her mind.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what the student discloses.
  • Statements made by the student regarding an intention or plan to harm self or others must be reported.
  • Inquire as to how the student is attempting to respond to the problem. Help develop response options together.
  • Consult with peers, colleagues, supervisors, deans, Dean of Students Office or others if you need additional perspectives before or after talking to the student.
  • Suggest a referral to the Student Health Center, Dean of Students Office, or other community resources.
  • Follow up as appropriate.

Programs and Services

ID Cards

RCC Public Safety issues ID cards to all requesting students and employees. Students must carry ID cards at all times and present them upon the request of a RCC official. All students, faculty, and staff may obtain ID cards at the Office of Public Safety (3-109).

To obtain an ID, students must present a copy of their registration and valid picture ID. Part-time faculty members must present a current contract and a valid picture ID.

There is no charge for the initial ID card or updating an ID card. There is a $5 fee for replacements. ID cards are property of the College. ID cards are not transferable.

ID cards are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M., and 3:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Students must carry ID cards at all times and present them upon the request of a RCC official.

Lost and Found

RCC Public Safety manages the lost and found services on campus. All lost items will be held for 30 days at which time they will be destroyed or donated to a charitable organization. Bicycles will be held for at least 90 days. All RCC ID Cards should be turned into Public Safety. Anyone claiming property must show valid RCC ID or proper identification

Patrols

Public Safety Officers maintain a visible presence by continually patrolling the campus. This is done to ensure the safety of the community and aims to seek out unsafe conditions, prevent unauthorized access, and prevent theft and vandalism.

Surveillance

Public Safety has a robust and advanced camera system throughout the campus. These high quality cameras capture live events and record them in case later review is needed. Public Safety uses this tool for both internal investigations as well as assisting with external agencies. Public Safety recordings are viewable by Public Safety and authorized personnel only.

Workshops

Workshops are offered throughout the year on topics such as identity theft, conflict management, and rape prevention.

How to Report a Crime

Roxbury Community College strongly encourages any victim of, or a witness to a crime occurring on or near the College—regardless of its nature—to report the incident immediately to RCC Public Safety to ensure that prompt and appropriate action can be taken.

Crimes occurring off campus should be reported to the local law enforcement agency having proper jurisdiction. If you are unsure of the proper jurisdiction, contact Public Safety and they will assist you in contacting the proper agency.

Public Safety Phone Number: 617-541-5338

To report a crime, pick up any black wall phone or dial 617-541-5338 from an off-campus telephone or a personal cell phone.

What to Report

  • Your exact location
  • Your name and contact information (you may report confidentially, contact information is only if additional information is needed from you)
  • Nature of the incident (what is happening?)
  • Detailed description of the person(s) involved
  • Gender, race, age
  • Height, weight
  • Clothing, hat, accessories
  • Facial hair, eye-wear
  • Other identifying features
  • Detailed description of a vehicle involved:
    • Make, model, and color
    • License plate number or state
    • Other identifying features

If you are off-campus, or out of the jurisdiction of RCC Public Safety, please contact 911 immediately!

Emergency Management

Campus Emergency Management

Campus Emergency Management (CEM) directs the development, implementation, and maintenance of the College's emergency management program. CEM enables, promotes, and supports the College community in effectively mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies.

Emergency Management-Policy Group

The Emergency Management-Policy Group has been established as an administrative decision-making team to respond to critical incidents that may occur at the College. Critical incidents are generally defined as those campus-wide emergencies that threaten life or property, or those which impact a significant portion of the college community (including, but not limited to, fires, civil disturbances, and weather disasters).

All members of the Emergency Management-Policy Group have a copy of the College’s Emergency Operation Plan. The plan identifies and describes both general and specific responsibilities of the various Emergency Management Team members when they have been activated to deal with a critical incident. The Emergency Operation Plan is reviewed, tested, and updated at least annually.

Annual Security Report

Clery CSAs

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education (IHEs) that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The Clery Act affects virtually all public and private IHEs and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. Campuses that fail to comply with the act can be penalized with large fines and may be suspended from participating in the federal financial aid program.

The Clery Act, formerly known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, was signed in 1990 and is named after 19-year-old Jeanne Clery who was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University residence hall in 1986. Clery’s parents lobbied Congress to enact the law when they discovered students at Lehigh hadn’t been notified about 38 violent crimes that had occurred on campus in the three years prior to Clery’s murder.

Annual Security Report

  • Click here to view the 2013 Annual Campus Security Report
  • Click here to view the 2012 Annual Campus Security Report
  • Click here to view the 2011 Annual Campus Security Report