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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:

  • Kevin Hepner, Vice President of Administration and Finance
  • Charles Walker, Interim Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Ruth Hines, Health Services Coordinator
  • Cecile Regner, Interim Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs
  • Oscar Walker, Director of Public Safety

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.