Procedures

1. The BTAT will meet regularly, and on an as-needed basis, to discuss situations involving students, employees, and other individuals on campus who are perceived to be a danger to themselves or others and who have crossed one or more of the following behavioral thresholds:

  • The individual has engaged in acts or threats of violence toward a specific person(s), unspecified person(s), and/or the campus community as a whole;
  • The individual has significant violent ideation or the expression of violent ideas or the intent to harm self or others
  • The individual engages in behavior that is significantly outside the boundaries of socially acceptable behavior
  • The individual persists in assuming a stance of being substantially “in charge” or attempting to control processes, outcomes, or decisions that are inappropriate given the person’s standing or position
  • The individual engages in a pattern of physical or emotional bullying and/or intimidation; or
  • The individual continues to pursue options that do not reasonably exist after being instructed to cease.

2. The team will meet to assess referrals, identify potential risks, determine appropriate intervention strategies, and prepare a plan for the relevant University offices to respond to incidents of concern. All discussions will take place within appropriate confidentiality parameters (including applicable privileges and federal privacy laws).

3. The case manager will communicate recommendations (as appropriate) from the BTAT to the appropriate campus office, recommend and/or discuss a plan for the individual (including behavioral expectations and potential consequences), and update the BTAT regarding the individual’s progress. Options that might be discussed with the applicable office include, but are not limited to:

Student Issues

  • a. Written notification to the student about conduct expectations and potential consequences for continued misconduct
  • b. Signing a behavioral contract
  • c. Referral to the Director of Residence Education and Housing Services for housing action
  • d. Referral to Judicial Affairs for formal disciplinary action
  • e. Referral to the Counseling Center
  • f. Referral to the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • g. Referral to the student Behavioral Intervention Team
  • h. Initiation of academic disciplinary procedures
  • i. Referral to the MSU Police Department for law enforcement action
  • j. Referral to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services for a mandatory assessment
  • k. Referral to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services for a mandatory assessment and interim suspension

Employee Issues

  • a. Written notification to the employee about conduct expectations and potential consequences for continued misconduct
  • b. Referral to the EAP
  • c. Referral to the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • d. Referral to the employing unit for personnel action
  • e. Referral to the MSU Police Department for law enforcement action

4. At each meeting, the BTAT will review new cases and discuss ongoing cases as appropriate. The case manager will distribute relevant information in advance of the meeting to the extent available. At each meeting, the team will review and provide input regarding the new and, as appropriate, ongoing cases. A case becomes deactivated when the team agrees the situation is resolved. The BTAT will request status updates of existing cases from units who have initiated a referral to the team. The case manager will act as the point-person for follow-up with each existing case.

5. The formal record of all BTAT meetings will be maintained by the OIE representative. Documents received in the course of a review will be maintained in a secure, confidential file by the case manager. Investigative and other law enforcement records will be maintained separately by the MSU Police Department.

6. The BTAT will participate in training and consultation to campus units about the team and the process required to make a referral or seek assistance from the BTAT.