A. Purpose of Document. The purpose of this document is to describe the role and purpose of the Drake University Campus Care Advisement Team and to provide Drake University faculty, staff, and students guidance in responding to troubled students and campus disruptions.

B. Campus Care Advisement Team

    1. Purpose.The purpose of the Campus Care Advisement Team is twofold:
      1. to advise the administration on responding to troubled students and campus disruptions; and
      2. to provide guidance to faculty, staff, and students in responding to troubled students and campus disruptions.
    2. Objectives.The objectives of the Campus Care Advisement Team are:
      • To assist in coordinating the University's response to troubled students and disruptive situations involving the behavior of students that impact that safety of students, faculty, and staff.
      • To serve as an advisory team to senior administration in developing an efficient and appropriate response to incidents that disrupt campus life.
      • To encourage ongoing campus-wide communication and education about campus safety by offering guidance, counseling, education, and appropriate support to students, faculty and staff.
      • To meet monthly or bi-monthly to review disruptive campus incidents, situations, and trends.
    3. Confidentiality. Discussions, recommendations, and actions of the Campus Care Advisement Team will remain confidential to the extent feasible under the circumstances, with the exception of information that may need to be shared as a result of a duty to warn to protect the safety and wellness of students, faculty, and staff.
    4. Dean of Students - Tracking. The Dean of Students Office will endeavor to maintain a tracking system on troubled students, disruptive situations, and trends related to the two.
    5. Members.The members of the Campus Care Advisement Team are:
      • Sentwali Bakari, Dean of Students Office
      • Megan Franklin, Athletics
      • Melissa Sturm-Smith, Provost Office
      • Hans Hanson, Security
      • Lisa Penland, Law School
      • Lorissa Lieurance, Residence Life
      • Vanessa Macro, Human Resources
      • David Wright, Journalism
      • Michelle Laughlin, Student Disability Services
      • Keith Summerville, Arts and Sciences
      • Mark Kloberdanz, Counseling Center
      • Renae Chesnut, Pharmacy
      • Eunice Merideth, Education

C. Responding to Troubled Students and Campus Disruptions.

    1. Definitions
      1. Troubled Student.  A troubled student is one who has an affect of profound confusion, sadness, anxiousness, irritability; shows signs of depression or; demonstrates odd or unusual behavior; or discloses suicidal ideation.
      2. Disruptive Student. A student is disruptive when the student's conduct disrupts classroom instruction or campus life; the student's conduct is dangerous; the student uses verbal or physical threats; the student actively threatens suicide or violence; or the student actively harasses others and resists help from faculty or staff.
      3. Warning Signs that a Student is Troubled or Disruptive or May Become Disruptive.Warning signs that may indicate a student is troubled, disruptive, or may become disruptive may include, but are not limited to:
        • The student has a significant number of unexplained absences from class.
        • Observed or reported significant changes in the student's behavior, appearance, mood, or activities.
        • The student has been involved in a report of sexual assault.
        • The student has attended class under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
        • The student is experiencing grief or loss that interrupts normal activities.
        • The student is making physical or verbal threats or insults to students, faculty, staff, or other participants in campus life.
        • The student is engaged in electronic harassment of other students, faculty, or staff. Electronic harassment includes the use of email, instant messaging, posting on social networking sites, text messaging, video or digital recording to harass others.
        • The student has a severe illness.
        • The student's behavior or writing suggests she is experiencing depression.
        • The student makes a comment about hurting him or herself or others.
        • The student talks or writes about death or a suicide plan.
        • The student discloses that he or she has access to deadly weapons or intends to gain access to weapons.
        • A faculty or staff member has a gut feeling or intuition that something is wrong with a student.
      4. Disruptive Incidents.Examples of disruptive incidents include, but are not limited to:
        • Sexual assault.
        • Attempted suicide.
        • Mental health crisis.
        • Potential mental health issue.
        • Student death.
        • Missing person.
        • Hate crime/bias incident.
        • Infectious diseases.
        • Campus Disturbance.
        • Student classroom writing that is of a violent or troubling nature.
    2. Responding to Troubled Students and Disruptive Incidents. If faculty, staff, or student(s) determine that a student is troubled or that a disruptive situation exists, the faculty, staff, and student(s) should respond to both troubled student's and disruptive situations in the following manner:
      1. Serious Injury or Death Imminent.  If a serious injury or death has occurred or is imminent, call 911 immediately.
      2. Other Imminent Threats of Harm.  If the incident involves an imminent threat of violence, bodily injury, or injury to property, but death or serious injury are not threatened, call either Drake Security at 811 (campus telephones) or 515-271-2222 (all other telephones) or 911, if there is concern that the situation might escalate into a more serious situation as described in 2.a.
      3. Nonimminent disruptions and troubled students.  If a situation involves a disruption in which there is no threat of violence, bodily injury, or injury to property or if a situation involves a troubled student, contact the Dean of Students Office at 515-271-2835.
    3. Confidentiality. Faculty, staff, and students should maintain the confidentiality of troubled students and students otherwise involved to the extent feasible under the circumstances in disruptive situations except as that information may need to be shared as a result of a duty to warn to protect the safety of other faculty staff, and students.
    4. Communication Procedures.
      1. Imminent Threats.When the Dean of Students Office is notified of a troubled student or disruptive situation, if the incident involves an imminent threat of harm to faculty, staff or students, the Dean of Students Office shall contact the appropriate authorities and resources and proceed to coordinate an immediate response with those authorities and resources.
      2. Other Situations. When the Dean of Students Office is notified of a situation involving a troubled student or disruptive situation, it shall make an initial assessment to determine if any or all members of the Campus Care Advisement Team will be involved in reviewing all available information to make a referral or recommendation to senior administration.
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