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MANHATTAN: 212.625.0500

 

 

Safety and Security

Student of Concern Committee

Student of Concern Committee and Threat Assessment Team (Rockland)
Student of Concern Committee

The Student of Concern Committee (SCC) meets once a month during the academic year to respond to students who have concerns or who are at such a risk that their ability to stay in college may be compromised. The mandate of the Student of Concern Committee is “to bring to awareness students whose needs and concerns may be better addressed, accommodated, and/or resolved though a collaborative, college-wide approach.”

For those in the Nyack community who teach, supervise, mentor and support our Nyack College students, the following guidelines may be helpful when you believe a student referral should be made.

  1. Immediate (but not an emergency): Contact either the Office of Student Development at (845) 675-4790 or x4790, Residence Life Professional Staff Area Coordinator on duty after 6:00PM at (845) 405-9038, or Campus Safety at (845) 222-8812 or x7191 if there is an immediate concern the health or safety of a student. Please be sure to speak with someone in person so we can respond quickly.
     
  2. Ongoing but not an immediate health/safety concern: Contact the Dean of Students (your referral will be forwarded to each team member listed below) if your concern does not rise to an immediate health/safety level but you feel that the student could use an additional network of support. Possible referrals could include:
  • A student who is missing a significant number of classes.
  • A student who is expressing disturbing thoughts/feelings in written or oral work.
  • A student who exhibits a change in usual behavior (onset of anxiety, anger, withdrawal).
  • A student who shares a significant life event or incident that may be impacting his/her ability to be a student.

Upon getting the referral, typically within 24-48 hours, a member of the team will reach out to the student. The faculty/staff member’s name will likely be used in the context of, “Faculty/staff X shared with me through our normal processes of caring for students that they are concerned about you and I am reaching out to you to offer resources and support.” From there, the team member will work with the student to determine appropriate follow up measures.

Members of the Student of Concern Committee are:

  • Dean of Students
  • Resident Director, Coordinator of Student Leadership
  • Director of Spiritual Formation
  • Director of Student Wellness Services
  • Assistant Director of HEOP
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Registrar
  • Two Faculty Representatives

While we can’t be “all things to all people” we hope to provide a network of care around students who may need the support. The ongoing effort to name student concerns and the encouragement given in our Nyack community is greatly appreciated.

Threat Assessment Team

Once the Student of Concern Committee has identified a student of concern, a decision is made to either address them individually or refer them to the Threat Assessment Team. Nyack College has established a second team entitled Threat Assessment Team” to address situations where students may need further assessment due to an escalation of disruptive, threatening or worrisome behaviors that have the potential to impede their own academic progress or that have the potential to impede the ability of others to function successfully or safely.

It is imperative that any member of the Nyack College community – faculty, staff or students – immediately report any situation that could result in harm to anyone at the college.

Purpose

This team has been established to:

  • Review Student of Concern Reports and Incident Reports that have been submitted.
  • Respond to possible circumstances of violence or threatening behavior.
  • Respond quickly to behavior indicating a potential risk to self or others.
  • Determine if a realistic threat is present and act accordingly.
  • Coordinate and assess information from faculty, administrators, students and local authorities via interviews.
  • Notify, within FERPA guidelines, parents, guardians and/or next-of-kin.
  • Identify resources for troubled students and make referrals to appropriate campus and off-campus agencies, including helping with the securing of therapeutic actions such as treatment or counseling;
  • Periodically assess outcomes of actions taken.

Procedure

For the safety of the campus community any threat, explicit or implied, will be considered a statement of intent. The Threat Assessment Team will investigate any concern and act as necessary to protect the campus community.

Threat-related information must be forwarded to the Student Development Office or, in an imminent situation, directly to Campus Safety or local authorities. The report will be initially evaluated and, if appropriate, a group from the Threat Assessment Team will be convened. Any member of the campus community is expected to make themselves available as needed for advice and consultation.

When information is received about a possible threat, it will be investigated and a determination will be made using the best available information regarding the level of threat present as shown in the Threat Assessment and Management Process diagram. This determination will be made by assessing the initial concern in conjunction with any corroborating evidence, the student’s disciplinary record and any other relevant information as deemed appropriate by the Threat Assessment Team. The determination of the Threat Assessment Team is intended only as a secondary intervention and should only be considered as part of an ongoing review. While the team is comprised of skilled and knowledgeable staff who will make every effort to consider all angles of a situation, it should be noted that assessing a possible threat can never be 100% accurate.

As needed, the Threat Assessment Team will ask Student Development, or designee, to place a student on an interim suspension pending a disciplinary hearing, require internal or external psychological evaluations or act in any other manner as allowed by college policy in order to ensure the safety of the campus community.

The Threat Assessment Team consists of college personnel with expertise in law enforcement, threat assessment, academic affairs and student development. Whenever possible, a collaborative process will be used to assess the perceived threat. A core team of key campus leaders will generally comprise the team and a secondary support team will be available as needed to assist with the investigation and assessment of a situation. Other individuals may also be consulted, such as a faculty member who has a concern about a student. Generally when investigating a possible student threat, four members of the core team – one each from Student Development, Academic Affairs, the Counseling Center and Campus Safety, to be chaired by the representative from the Office of Student Development – will be assembled to manage the investigation and make a determination regarding the level of threat.

The team will meet on an emergency basis and as needed to review reports brought forward by the Student of Concern Committee:

Threat Assessment Team Members

Core Team

  • Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Chair
  • Provost
  • Dean of Students
  • Two Student Life Professionals as appointed by the Dean of Students
  • Resident Director, Coordinator of Student Leadership
  • Director of Facilities as liaison to Campus Safety
  • Faculty Representative
  • Faculty Representative

As a tool, it is suggested that the team fill out the Threat Assessment Template.  This is only intended to be a starting point for an official report that would be completed after the case is completed.

General questions about the role or purpose of the Threat Assessment Team should be referred to any member of the core team at any time.

Student of Concern and Threat Assessment Team (Manhattan Campus)
Student of Concern Committee

The Student of Concern Committee (SCC) meets once a month during the academic year to respond to students who have concerns or are at such a risk that their ability to stay in college may be compromised. The mandate of the Student of Concern Committee is ”to bring to awareness students whose needs and concerns may be better addressed, accommodated, and/or resolved, though a collaborative, college-wide approach.”

For those in the Nyack community who teach, supervise, mentor, and support our Nyack College students, the following guidelines may be helpful when you believe a student referral should be made:

  1. Immediate (but not an emergency): Contact Student Development, Charles Hammond, at extension 6131 or 6132.  Please be sure to speak with someone in person so we can respond quickly. Dial 911, if there is an immediate concern about the health or safety of a student.
     
  2. Ongoing but not an immediate health/safety concern: Send a Student of Concern Report form to charles.hammond@nyack.edu, if your concern does not rise to an immediate health/safety level, but you feel that the student could use an additional network of support. Your report form will be forwarded to each team member listed below.  Possible student referral behaviors could include:
  • A student who is missing a significant number of classes
  • A student who is expressing disturbing thoughts/feelings in written or oral work
  • A student who exhibits a change in usual behavior (onset of anxiety, anger, withdrawal)
  • A student who shares a significant life event or incident that may be impacting his/her
  • ability to be a student

Upon getting the referral, typically within 24-48 hours, a member of our team will reach out to the student. The faculty/staff member’s name will likely be used in the context of, “faculty/staff X shared with me through our normal processes of caring for students that they are concerned about you, and I am reaching out to you to offer resources and support.” From there, the team member will work with the student to determine appropriate follow up measures.

Members of the Student of Concern Committee are:

  • Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Formation
  • Registrar
  • Faculty Representative
  • Faculty Representative

While we can’t be “all things to all people” we hope to provide a network of care around students who may need the support. The ongoing effort to name student concerns and the encouragement given in our Nyack community is greatly appreciated.

Threat Assessment Team

Once the Student of Concern Committee has identified a student of concern, a decision is made to either address them individually or refer them to the Threat Assessment Team. Nyack College has established a second team entitled Threat Assessment Team” to address situations where students may need further assessment due to an escalation of disruptive, threatening or worrisome behaviors that have the potential to impede their own academic progress or that have the potential to impede the ability of others to function successfully or safely.

It is imperative that any member of the Nyack College community – faculty, staff or students – immediately report any situation that could result in harm to anyone at the college.

Purpose

This team has been established to:

  • Review Student of Concern Reports and Incident Reports that have been submitted.
  • Respond to possible circumstances of violence or threatening behavior.
  • Respond quickly to behavior indicating a potential risk to self or others.
  • Determine if a realistic threat is present and act accordingly.
  • Coordinate and assess information from faculty, administrators, students and local authorities via interviews.
  • Notify, within FERPA guidelines, parents, guardians and/or next-of-kin.
  • Identify resources for troubled students and make referrals to appropriate campus and off-campus agencies, including helping with the securing of therapeutic actions such as treatment or counseling;
  • Periodically assess outcomes of actions taken.

Procedure

For the safety of the campus community any threat, explicit or implied, will be considered a statement of intent. The Threat Assessment Team will investigate any concern and act as necessary to protect the campus community.

Threat-related information must be forwarded to the Student Development Office or, in an imminent situation, directly to local authorities. The report will be initially evaluated and, if appropriate, a group from the Threat Assessment Team will be convened. Any member of the campus community is expected to make themselves available as needed for advice and consultation.

When information is received about a possible threat, it will be investigated and a determination will be made using the best available information regarding the level of threat present as shown in the Threat Assessment and Management Process diagram. This determination will be made by assessing the initial concern in conjunction with any corroborating evidence, the student’s disciplinary record and any other relevant information as deemed appropriate by the Threat Assessment Team. The determination of the Threat Assessment Team is intended only as a secondary intervention and should only be considered as part of an ongoing review. While the team is comprised of skilled and knowledgeable staff who will make every effort to consider all angles of a situation, it should be noted that assessing a possible threat can never be 100% accurate.

As needed, the Threat Assessment Team will ask Student Development, or designee, to place a student on an interim suspension pending a disciplinary hearing, require internal or external psychological evaluations or act in any other manner as allowed by college policy in order to ensure the safety of the campus community.

The Threat Assessment Team consists of college personnel with expertise in law enforcement, threat assessment, academic affairs and student development. Whenever possible, a collaborative process will be used to assess the perceived threat. A core team of key campus leaders will generally comprise the team and a secondary support team will be available as needed to assist with the investigation and assessment of a situation. Other individuals may also be consulted, such as a faculty member who has a concern about a student. Generally when investigating a possible student threat, three members of the core team – one each from Student Development, Academic Affairs, and the Counseling Center, to be chaired by the representative from the Office of Student Development – will be assembled to manage the investigation and make a determination regarding the level of threat.

The team will meet on an emergency basis and as needed to review reports brought forward by the Student of Concern Committee:

Threat Assessment Team Members

Core Team

  • Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Chair
  • Provost
  • Dean of Students
  • Two Student Life Professionals as appointed by the Dean of Students
  • Faculty Representative
  • Faculty Representative

As a tool, it is suggested that the team fill out the Threat Assessment Template.  This is only intended to be a starting point for an official report that would be completed after the case is completed.

General questions about the role or purpose of the Threat Assessment Team should be referred to any member of the core team at any time.

 Download Student of Concern Report Form