Behavior Assessment Team
North Carolina State (NC State) University’s Behavior Assessment Team (BAT) is committed to promoting the NC State community’s safety via a proactive, multidisciplinary, coordinated and objective approach to the prevention, identification, assessment, intervention and management of situations that pose, or may pose a threat to the safety and well-being of our campus community (i.e. students, faculty, staff and visitors).
Risk Assessment Case Manager; Team Chair
The Risk Assessment Case Manager (RACM) is the program manager of the University’s Violence Prevention and Threat Management Program. As the chair of the Behavior Assessment Team (BAT), the RACM provides leadership to the Team; guides case discussion and ensures communication with the Associate Vice Chancellor of Environmental Health and Public Safety who provides oversight of the BAT. The RACM records case information, organizes team meetings and trainings. The RACM assists in managing cases, ensures creation of and updates relevant university policy, rules and procedures, and offers training opportunities to both BAT members and university groups.
University Police provides advice and assistance from the law enforcement perspective, advises the team of options within the Criminal Justice System, and when permissible, provides available information, including but not limited to background information, history of police involvement and additional information to assist with the threat assessment process. Many times, the University Police are the first responders when concerning or threatening behaviors are reported. As such, the University Police Threat Assessment Unit may be the lead in cases referred to the BAT.
Office of Student Conduct
The Office of Student Conduct is a member on the team when addressing concerns involving students. Overall, their role in the university is to help enforce compliance with the behavioral expectations the University has established for all students. As a member of the BAT, they may receive reports from the University community or the public regarding a student’s behavior. The Director of the Office of Student Conduct is responsible for meeting with and assessing the current level of risk of a student of concern. The Director, or other appropriate staff member, will make referrals as necessary, and ensure that students are compliant with expectations that grow from these assessments. The Director works actively with the BAT in ensuring appropriate assessment and management is provided to situations involving students of concern. If necessary, staff in this office may impose a change in campus residence or institute an interim suspension in cases where the student presents a danger to self or others.
The role of the Director of University Housing is to (1) provide a context for those students who live on campus and present potential threats; (2) share information from University Housing staff on residents who present concerns; and (3) advise the team on what University Housing staff can do to assist victims and perpetrators in any given situation.
The role of the Counseling Center is to provide clinical expertise and knowledge regarding psychological dynamics in regard to particular cases, share information with Counseling Center staff on students that may be identified within the BAT to enhance standard of care, and (3) advise team on risk factors involving students with particular mental health issues making recommendations for follow up.
Employee Relations will provide information to the team on known employee work history, including any disciplinary actions, current or past employment information gathered by the supervisor and/or management, will assist in ensuring the team remains compliant with employment related issues, and that recommended actions are handled in accordance with University PRRs, and state and federal laws and regulations.
Office of General Counsel
OGC’s role is to provide information regarding relevant University policies, regulations and rules, and state, and federal laws and regulations in the course of investigations and response. OGC is also available to discuss balancing the risk and liability to the institution with respect to various situations. If necessary, OGC is able to work with University Police and management to obtain necessary court orders to protect the safety of employees and the community.
** Although each of the individuals who comprise the Behavior Assessment Team provide expertise from their respective disciplines and agencies, each of them are also trained threat assessment professionals and often provide recommendations and insight in addition to their professional roles.