Student Assessment Team

>> SAT INCIDENT REPORT FORM

Schreiner University is concerned about our students’ success, not only academically, but emotionally and physically.  The Student Assessment Team (SAT) will address the safety, health, and well-being of all of its students, faculty, and staff.  This team will take proactive approach for a centralized, coordinated, caring developmental intervention for those in need prior to crisis. We provide services across campus that responds to our students’ unique needs.  But sometimes, students do not ask for help when they need it.  So in an effort to identify those students proactively, Schreiner has created a network of professionals from across campus that is committed to a caring, confidential program of identification, intervention and response in order to provide our students with the greatest chance of success.  In turn our community will receive an increased level of awareness and protection. The SAT is a resource for Schreiner faculty, staff, and students by which they can report student behaviors of concern.  It is not a disciplinary role but acts as a screening team.  Examples of such instances include; but are not limited to: academic performance, behavior which appears to be dangerous or threatening to oneself or others; troubling behavior; angry, hostile, or abusive behavior; other behavior that is inappropriate or disruptive. In some cases there may be no violation of the Schreiner Student Code of Conduct, but the behavior may evoke alarm or concern among involved persons.

Need to identify students who are struggling that engage methods of connecting distressed students to an appropriate link of support and track systematically by arranging coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and identifying assistance & services.  Maintain records of students at risk on a case by case basis.

Mission
Action Team - prevention/safety/health/retention-student success
Need to identify students who are struggling that engage methods of connecting distressed students to an appropriate link to support and track systematically by arranging coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and identifying assistance & services.  Maintain records of students at risk.

Goals
•    Balance the educational needs of the student and the academic mission of the university.
•    To provide structure for an effective method of addressing student behaviors that impacts the University.
•    To manage each case individually.
•    To initiate appropriate intervention.
•    To eliminate fragmented care.
•    To be a resource for students, faculty, administrators, and staff.

Objectives
•    To gather information about select situations and to assess the need for intervention.
•    To provide support for academic and University departments in dealing with difficult student behaviors.

Protocol
The SAT develops a protocol to ensure that critical student behavior, academic performance or mental health issues or incidents are addressed appropriately.
There are 4 SAT categories:

•    Distress/Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of Schreiner students, faculty, staff, or community.
Behaviors include, but are not limited to, weapons on campus, significant inappropriate disruption to the community, and disruption in the classroom, unusual or exaggerated emotional response, emotionally troubled, talking to themselves, not being able to answer simple questions, extremely argumentative, hostile or overly sensitive, pacing back and forth, frantic, persistent sadness, or unexplained crying, high stress, high level of irritability or inappropriate excitement, outbursts of anger, situational stressors and traumatic events,  inability to communicate clearly, irrational conversation or speech that seems disconnected, loss of contact with reality, threats of harm to others, potential for safety being compromised.
•    Academic performance
Significant drop in exam scores, problems concentrating and remembering things or making decisions, repeated request for special consideration, Excessive class absences, etc.
•    Self-injurious behavior/suicidal ideation or attempt.
May include, but is not limited to, self-mutilation (e.g., cutting of skin), risky behavior, expressions of suicidal thoughts or actions, statements related to death or dying or feelings of hopelessness
•    Involuntary transportation to the hospital for alcohol and drug use/abuse.
Involuntary transportation may be provided by 911 first responders.

Once an incident occurs it is referred to the SAT Chair and confirmed via incident report or email. The SAT will meet to determine a course of action. If needed, the student(s) can be referred to the best resource either on campus or in the community.

The type of assessment is dependent on the behavior. Students may appeal the initial assessment by meeting with the SAT Chair, who may allow for individual counseling or an assessment by an outside agency.

Students who fail to comply with the request for assessment and/or to complete the assessment may be referred to the university’s student conduct system and may be summarily removed from the University for failure to comply.

All SAT referrals and files will be kept separate from Judicial files until such time the behavior becomes a Student Code of Conduct violation.

Provision
Following the assessment, any potential disciplinary sanction will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Other members of SAT will be contacted as needed on a case-by-case basis. After the assessment, the SAT will make a determination that takes into consideration the student’s best interest as well as the best interest of the University community.

Possible outcomes may include but are not limited to:
•    No action. Further observations
•    Assist in developing an action plan for assistance
•    Mandated assessment
•    Notification of a law enforcement agency
•    Referral to existing on-campus support resource
•    Referral to appropriate community resources
•    Referral for Code of Conduct violation
•    Recommendation of Parental Notification (be careful with FERPA)
•    Recommendation of Medical Leave of Absence
•    Recommendation of Withdrawal
•    Recommendation of Involuntary Leave of Absence
•    Recommendation of Interim Suspension
•    Other options


SAT Referral FAQ

 
•    What is the SAT?
The Student Assessment Team (SAT) developed a protocol to ensure that critical student behavior, academic performance or mental health issues or incidents are addressed appropriately. The SAT will address the safety, health, and well-being of all of its students, faculty, and staff.  This team will take proactive approach for a centralized, coordinated, caring developmental intervention for those in need prior to crisis. We provide services across campus that responds to our students’ unique needs. But sometimes, students do not ask for help when they need it.  So in an effort to identify those students proactively, Schreiner has created a network of professionals from across campus that is committed to a caring, confidential program of identification, intervention and response in order to provide our students with the greatest chance of success. The SAT Team is a resource for Schreiner faculty, staff, and students by which they can report student behaviors of concern. It is not a disciplinary role but acts as a screening team.  

Once an incident occurs it is referred to the SAT Chair and confirmed via incident report or email. The SAT will meet to determine a course of action. If needed, the student(s) can be referred to the best resource either on campus or in the community.

•    What kinds of students should be referred to the SAT?
Any student whose behavior is outside or different that their norm.

•    What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to the SAT process?
1. If you feel there is an immediate threat, call 911.
2. To make a referral, use the Incident Report located on the BIT webpage. You will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact you (in case the SAT has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
3. You are the Student Assessment Team’s best resource because you are familiar with the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is okay. In many cases students will indicate that he/she may need help and you can refer them to our counseling office.

•     Who can make a SAT referral?
Anyone who feels a student can utilize and benefit from resources available on campus can make a SAT referral. Referral sources include students, parents, faculty, staff, and other community members.

•     How can I make a referral?
Go to Schreiner.edu, under student life, click on the Student Assessment Team and there will be a link for a form to submit, or you can email any member of the team or call the SAT chair.

•     What happens after I make the referral?
A team of members from SAT use the information provided to make a decision about whether the student should be assessed by Counseling or determine the need for support services. Reporting the concerns you have is the most critical step in this process. They will maintain a record of the student’s behavior to determine if additional interventions are needed.

•     What happens to the student in the SAT process?
If the team determines the student is appropriate for the SAT process, he/she may be contacted and instructed to undergo an assessment at Counseling Services. The type of assessment is dependent on the needs of the student, and it may involve other members of the SAT team, such as Resident Life, Health and Wellness, Student Services, Academic Services, or Security. You do not have to make the determination regarding how the student will be assessed. The SAT will do it for you. The most critical step is that you report your concerns. If another campus resource is more appropriate, the SAT will refer the student to those resources as needed.

•    What about the students’ confidentiality?
The SAT and Schreiner University will take great care to keep all referrals as private and confidential as possible. Confidentiality for students referred to Counseling Services is addressed in Section B of the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association.

>> SAT REFERRAL FLOW CHART

TEAM MEMBERS:

Danny Flores, Director of Security
830-792-7440     DFlores@schreiner.edu

Kim Woods, Director of Counseling
830-792-2282     KJWoods@schreiner.edu

Hannah Beavers, Graduation Coach and Career Development Associate
830-792-7110     HCBeavers@schreiner.edu

Debby Addison, Assistant Professor, Education
830-895-7103     DAddison@schreiner.edu

 

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