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Policy Title: Behavioral Intervention and the C.A.R.E. Team

Boise State University Policy # 12050
Effective Date: May 2013

Purpose:
To provide mechanisms for averting behavioral manifestations of danger to university personnel and property. To charter a Campus Assessment, Resource and Education Team (C.A.R.E. Team) tasked with connecting individuals of concern with appropriate resources, services, and university offices.

Additional Authority:
University Policy #12030 (Threat Assessment) University Policy #12040 (Workplace Violence)

Scope:
Applies to all employees, students and third parties

Responsible Party:
Dean of Students, 426-1527
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 426-1202
Campus Security and Police Services, 426-6911
Human Resource Services (HRS), 426-1616


Policy

  • I.  Policy Statement
  • Boise State University is committed to promoting and maintaining an environment where students, faculty and staff participate in the educational process without compromising the health, safety or welfare of themselves or others. The following guidelines create a campus based multi-disciplinary intervention and response team to engage students, faculty and staff who may pose a threat to themselves or the community.
  • This policy is not a substitute for appropriate police or emergency involvement. Call 9-1-1 if there is a threat of imminent physical harm.
  • II.  Reporting to the C.A.R.E. Team
  • Members of the Boise State Community are encourage to report any concerning behavior to the C.A.R.E. Team. This can be done in two different ways:
    • A.  Submit a C.A.R.E. report online at care.boisestate.edu. This is the preferred method.
    • B.  If the online method is unavailable, you may also email concerns to CARE@boisestate.edu. This email will be sent to all C.A.R.E. Team members.
  • III.  The C.A.R.E. Team – General
  • The C.A.R.E. Team:
    • A.  Is a behavioral intervention team.
    • B.  Designs reporting, screening, and assessment processes for disturbed, disturbing or disruptive student and employee behavior, including the establishment of the website for reporting purposes.
    • C.  Designs proceedings for mandating psychological assessments.
  • IV.  Composition
    • A.  Generally, the chairperson of the C.A.R.E Team is the Dean of Students, or his/her designee. In instances where a situation escalates to compel a Threat Assessment, as per University Policy #1020, the chairperson of the C.A.R.E. Team is the Executive Director of Campus Security and Police Services. Regardless, the chairperson shall convene meetings, keep minutes, and coordinate follow up activities.
    • B.  The Dean of Students shall ensure the C.A.R.E. Team is comprised of campus representatives from relevant and essential units. This includes assessing the composition of the C.A.R.E. Team and adding members where appropriate.
    • C.  Other faculty and staff may be invited to participate, as needed.
  • V. The C.A.R.E Team – Specific Functions
  • The C.A.R.E. Team:
    • A.  Responds to reports regarding students, faculty, staff and third parties who exhibit disturbing or disruptive behavior that may pose a threat to themselves or the university community.
    • B.  Reviews reports of concern submitted to http://care.boisestate.edu about members of the Boise State University students, faculty, staff and visitors.
    • C.  Balances the individual needs of the student, faculty, staff or visitor with those of the greater campus community.
    • D.  Reviews reports of concern and conducts proactive intervention and assessment to prevent acts of violence or self-harm.
    • E.  Refers reports or incidents that do not require C.A.R.E. intervention to appropriate university authority, such as the Provost’s office, academic advisors, Dean of Students Office, or Health Services.
    • F.  Develops and monitors case management plans and appropriate documentation.
    • G.  In partnership with other university offices, the C.A.R.E Team will:
      • 1.  Educate the campus community on active by-stander intervention, bias incidents, crisis management, monitoring behavior and threat assessment.
      • 2.  Serve as consultants to members of the Boise State community to support in monitoring and assessing behavior and developing a plan of action to manage the behavior.
      • 3.  Assess available institutional and community resources and follow up on interventions, referrals, and reports.
      • 4.  Develops needed policies, protocols and procedures to support
      • C.A.R.E. functions around reports of concern.
      • 5.  Developing and implementing education and outreach plans to ensure that the campus community is aware of processes and contacts.
  • VI.  Retaliation Prohibited
  • Retaliation, whether actual or threatened, destroys a sense of community and trust that is central to a quality environment. Therefore, retaliation against those who submit C.A.R.E. reports is not tolerated.