Threat Assessment Referral

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Threat Assessment Team (TAT)

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 situations.

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.

In an emergency, CALL 755-3911 FIRST

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 755-3911.

Potential Reasons for reporting to the TAT:

  1. Self-injurious behavior/ suicidal ideation or attempt, including talk or writing of suicide or suicidal action.
  2. Erratic behavior that disrupts the normal proceedings of students, faculty, staff, or community. These behaviors include, but are not limited to: threats of weapons on campus, significant inappropriate disruption to community, threats of violence against members of the campus community or the campus as a whole (including social media activities).
  3. Suspected alcohol or illegal drug use.

Understanding FERPA

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.