Report Concerning or Threatening Behaviors | Southwestern Illinois College

IMMEDIATE THREATS

If you see behavior that indicates a potential for violence or threatens anyone at Southwestern Illinois College, please dial 911 or call the SWIC Public Safety Department IMMEDIATELY at 618-222-5221 and report the behavior with information including location, date and time, persons involved, descriptions and witnesses.

If you see behavior that indicates a potential for violence that concerns you, call the SWIC Public Safety Department 24/7 at 618-222-5221.

CAMPUS BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION/THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM (CBITAT)

Southwestern Illinois College expects and encourages students and employees to demonstrate a reasonable concern for their own welfare and the welfare of others. This is particularly true in the areas of self-harm and harm to others. In the event that the College is presented with a credible report that a student or employee has harmed themselves, others, has a medical concern, or is disruptive within the designated College learning environment, the student or employee may be required to attend mandatory assessments.

GOALS
The Campus Behavioral Intervention/Threat Assessment Team (CBITAT) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional team that meets regularly to serve major functions for the College. The team is responsible to:

  • Incorporate a formalized protocol of explicit engagement techniques and strategies for identifying, responding, resolving, and monitoring disruptive behavior and incidents.
  • Facilitate a comprehensive reporting culture within the institution, supported by accessible data collection software.
  • Integrate campus and community resources such as emergency operations plans, emergency response procedures, and Crisis Intervention Stress Debriefing Team protocols.
  • Provide consultation and support to faculty, staff and administration in assisting students and employees who display concerning or disruptive behaviors.
  • Gather information to assess situations involving students and employees who display concerning or disruptive behaviors.
  • Evaluate appropriate intervention strategies or disciplinary sanctions.
  • Connect students and employees with needed campus and community resources.
  • Monitor ongoing behavior of students and employees who have displayed disruptive or concerning behavior.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

While there is no single set of warning signs that will reliably predict student behavior or campus violence, the assessment process looks for behavioral evidence that a student is planning or preparing to act out inappropriately or carry out some type of threat. Assessment is designed to distinguish between threatening and non-threatening cases in order to ensure the safety of the student of concern and any others potentially involved as well as to resolve the conditions that initiated the inappropriate behavior.

Assessment assists in early identification of situations that may pose a threat to others, creates a baseline of information against which to assess future behavior, and provides a means for implementing interventions to increase the likelihood of a positive and safe resolution.

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE?

“If you see something, say something.”

Your job is to report behavior that may be harmful to yourself or others. Warning signs can manifest themselves in many forms: one-on-one settings, group interaction, public behavior, letters, emails, blogs, websites, social networking sites, photos, phone calls or text messages.

College employees should report any behavior that may be cause for concern and report it directly using the online report form.

Do not ignore or downplay direct or indirect threats from any person, as they could escalate into serious incidents later on. To prevent the escalation of such incidents, every member of the campus community should learn to recognize and report behavior that is disruptive, intimidating or could potentially lead to violence.

WARNING SIGNS

The following list of “warning sign” behaviors is not intended to be fully comprehensive, but should help guide your reporting behavior:

  • Absenteeism (unexplained)
  • Academic decline
  • Alcohol/rage (excessive)
  • Anxiety (excessive)
  • Appearance/hygiene decline
  • Behavioral changes (significant)
  • Bizarre behavior/statements
  • Bullying/intimidation
  • Cutting behavior
  • Depression
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Disturbing written/oral material
  • Domestic violence/dating violence
  • Fixation with offenders of violence
  • Fixation with perceived injustices
  • Homicidal expression
  • Instill fear in others
  • Obsessively suspicious/paranoid
  • Physical attack
  • Plans for violence/weapon use
  • Sexual assault
  • Social isolation/alienation
  • Stalking/cyber stalking
  • Statements about doing harm
  • Suicidal expression/attempt
  • Weapon obsession