Behavioral Assessment Team

What is the Behavior Assessment Team?

The Behavior Assessment Team (BAT) is a multidisciplinary unit that is responsible for the evaluation of behaviors that raise concern and/or may precede violent activity on campus.  An increasing number of higher educational institutions are looking for ways to use this team process to identify and respond to students who may pose a danger to others on campus, themselves, or who simply may be struggling and in need of assistance and resources.  

BAT is committed to improving community safety through a proactive, collaborative, objective, and thoughtful approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations that (may) pose a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community.

Key Objectives

  • Increase identification of students whose behaviors are distressed and/or disruptive.  
  • Discuss situations brought to its attention by any member of the campus community seeking guidance on disruptive and/or problematic behaviors that might lead to aggression or self-harm.
  • Centralize the process of collecting and assessing “red flags” raised by student behavior and documented by different sources within the College before there is a crisis.
  • Develop a coordinated plan to help students in crisis, mitigate risk, facilitate early intervention and protect and maintain campus safety.
  • Coordinate follow-up with the student to ensure that recommended services, support and resources are deployed effectively.
  • Balance FERPA with College need-to-know and emergency communication needs.
  • Protect the campus community in cases of imminent threats by students, staff, and faculty to self and others.

 

What areas of the college are represented on BAT?

Campus Police Department
Counseling and Student Success Center
Nursing Department
Student Accessibility Services
Student Affairs
Student Development

 

When to Report a Student to the
Behavior Assessment Team

Your concerns are taken seriously and evaluated objectively.  here is no penalty for the student or reporter for reporting an incident or suspicion. The BAT has a focus of assistance and safety not exclusively punitive actions. There are two ways to report your concerning student to BAT; a Care Report or an Incident Report.

NOTE:  If your student is experiencing a crisis please call Security at (203) 285-2246 for immediate assistance, then you may file a report following the incident. 

A Care Report should be made when you notice behavior that causes worry or concern, even if the behavior seems low-level or unclear. Some examples include:

  • A change in behavior such as sudden aggression, poor concentration, or disruptiveness.
  • A pattern of illness or poor attendance.
  • When a student appears withdrawn, agitated, sad, and/or anxious.
  • Mention of self-harm or suicidal thoughts/intentions.

Once a Care Report is filed and triaged to BAT, an initial assessment of the situation is conducted and more information is gathered from staff/faculty if needed. If the student’s level of risk deems necessary, then BAT will engage the student in creating a plan of support.

An Incident Report should be made when your student has violated any of the expectations consistent with the student conduct philosophy. Once an Incident Report is filed, the Student Development office will determine whether it is an appropriate case for the BAT and/or the necessary disciplinary consequences for the student’s conduct breach.

 

Note to GCC Community

Through the faculty/staff connections throughout campus, the BAT can gather pieces of information and assemble them into a larger, more complete picture. This process would not be possible without your support. Thank you for assisting our efforts to connect students in need with resources to help resolve their underlying challenges.  

Resources

Emergency Contact

Emergency Contact

In the event of an emergency:
please contact security at extension 5-2246 from a campus phone, or 203-285-2246 from an outside line.

  • Academic concerns
  • Mental health or emotional concerns
  • Behavioral concerns not related to conduct.
  • Basic Needs