The Threat Assessment Team (TAT) at STCC exists to address concerning behavior exhibited
by any member of the campus community. Examples of behavior typically reported to
the TAT are: threats of violence to the campus or a member of the campus community,
aberrant or strange behavior, violent or perceived violent behavior, and threats
of suicide. The TAT investigates and evaluates incidents reported to the team and
makes recommendations to the Dean of Student Affairs Office that are intended to
maintain safety on campus. The TAT does not preempt any other college department
in performing its duties in enforcing the law or managing potentially threatening
The primary goal of the TAT is to provide an effective method of reporting and addressing
behaviors that impact the campus community, to initiate appropriate intervention,
and to be a resource for STCC students, faculty, administrators and staff.
The team consists of representatives from the Division of Student and Multicultural
Affairs, Campus Police, Faculty, and Health Services.
It is the responsibility of the staff, faculty and students to immediately report
any situation that could result in harm to anyone at the college. The reports may
come directly to the TAT depending on the nature of the concern. However, when there
is an active or immediate risk of violence to self or others, contact police at
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, protects the privacy of
students' education records. FERPA does not prohibit the TAT or in any way restrict
a college employee from sharing what they personally observe. In other words, a
college employee would not violate FERPA by advising the TAT of what he or she saw
or heard when directly interacting with a student, when observing a student interact
with others, or when otherwise observing a student's behavior or demeanor.
In addition, if a STCC faculty member notices disturbing content in a student's
writing or artwork, the faculty member should refer this to the TAT. Although the
student's writing or artwork would likely be an education record protected by
FERPA, FERPA authorizes school officials such as faculty to disclose educational
records to other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in
those records, without the student's consent. Since the TAT is responsible for
identifying, responding to, and supporting at-risk STCC students while simultaneously
attending to the needs of the college community, in these circumstances, the members
of the TAT would have a legitimate educational interest in examining the student's
writing or artwork.
Protecting student privacy is a high priority of the TAT. Records and proceedings
of the TAT are kept confidential and shared only on a need-to-know basis in a manner
that is consistent with college policy and the college's obligations under FERPA.