Featuring Dean of Students (DOS): Care Team and University Behavioral Concerns Team
Assessment Method: Violence Risk Assessment and Tracking
Actions Taken Based on Results: Implementation of the DOS Intake Form, a new in-house, intake form to determine the main stressors impacting students and to assist the staff member in determining the best approach when working with each individual student.
Strategic Plan and Outcomes Connection: To contribute to maximizing student success through safety in the Student Affairs’ strategic plan, the Dean of Students office created a system that proactively responds to the campus community’s behavioral and safety concerns. The Care Team and University Behavioral Concerns Team (UBCT) offer responsive interventions to assist individuals in distress and connect them with the appropriate resources on or off campus. The Care Team focuses on cases that are lower risk and do not pose a threat to others, but could pose a threat to self. While UBCT responds to cases that are higher risk and pose a potential or imminent threat to self-and/or others.
Assessment: In the 2015-2016 academic year, the Dean of Students tracked the number of cases and continued to see an increase in the number of cases in their system. To determine the best action and to measure the change in behavior of each case, a home-grown risk rubric adapted from the WAVR-21 was used after reviewing the case at CARE meetings and then re-assessed a second time at the end of the academic term. The levels of risk included: Minimal Risk, Moderate Risk, and High Risk. The goal of the CARE Team and UBCT is to decrease the level of severity by one risk level. With this assessment, the CARE Team was able to provide evidence that initially 10% of their cases were at high risk but by the end of the term, only 2% were considered high risk. Similarly, the cases of moderate risk at the beginning of the semester were at 51% and dropped to 14% at the end of the semester. The cases on minimal risk increased, from 39% to 84%, because of cases dropping from the high and moderate risk category down to minimal risk. This data shows evidence of how the Dean of Students works toward the continuous improvement of the environment on campus and how the office works towards assuring the safety of the campus community.
2016-2017 Actions: To continue to improve their practices for the 2016-2017 academic year, the Dean of Students office has implemented a new intake assessment in order to determine the direct needs of and the best resources for each case. A student resilience self-assessment, CD-RISC, is given to students after they complete the new intake form and will be administered again via email at the end of the term. This will also assist the team in determining where students need assistance and education in resilience and coping skills.
In addition, CARE Team and UBCT now implement the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, a nationally ranked “best-practice” tool that provides the team with a clear description of each of the risk levels in order to improve rating consistency. UBCT is continuing to use the WAVR-21 to address the violent risk concerns.
For questions regarding the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool and overall processes, please contact Patricia Barfield, email@example.com.