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CAMPUS PARTNERS TEAM
The Campus Partners Team (CPT) is committed to student success and strives to maintain a campus environment that is conducive to learning both in and out of the classroom. Our Team aims to provide an educational opportunity for all members of its community. Our Team is designed to be proactive and help identify persons whose behaviors are disruptive and potentially endanger their own or others health and safety. We will address situations and take appropriate action when students displaying harmful behaviors that potentially impede their own or others ability to function within the community are identified.
The Campus Partners Team (CPT) consists of University personnel with expertise in law enforcement/threat assessment/tactical applications, university centers operations, medical knowledge, Greek life, judicial affairs, residence life, sexual assault, counseling, academic retention and student programming. We will use a collaborative effort to assess disruptive behaviors and depending on the situation, team members with specific areas of specialization/responsibility may be called upon to lead the Team.
The team will also work to help create a campus culture of caring for students of concern and a crisis education program for the campus as a whole. The Vice President for Student Affairs will keep senior officials advised of situations and specifically will communicate with the President and the Vice President for Public Relations on matters. Other individuals may also be consulted as needed. All faculty and staff are reminded to contact the University Police as a first step if the student of concern is in immediate danger of hurting themselves or others. Faculty and staff should contact Counseling and Testing (C&T) at 270-745-3159 if they wish to consult with a Counseling & Testing staff member if the situation involves clinical urgency.The Team will meet on a weekly basis to review reports brought forward by faculty, staff, and students concerning disruptive, inappropriate, and/or harmful behavior.
The goal of the CPT is to foster early identification of concerns about a student(s), early screening of problematic situations that adversely affect a student and/or the learning community, the development of preventative, early and effective interventions and action plans designed to support student development, and address problems before they evolve into crises. Our approach is to help clarify risk and protective factors related to the mental health, potential stability and contextual issues affecting a student, as well as their implications for community living, academic achievement, and general student development.
The Team meets weekly and as needed for specific situations.
The entire campus community, including faculty, Department Heads, Housing staff, and students themselves, are encouraged to report students behavior of concern to Campus Partners Team by calling the Office of Judicial Affairs at 270-745-5429. Faculty, Housing staff, and students themselves are identified as the front line of interface with students who exhibit behavior that is distressing, disturbing, disruptive, or threatening harm to themselves or others. As part of a community safety and student support efforts, the CPT invites all faculty, staff, and students to participate in early reporting of their concerns to the team, whose members can assess the student’s needs and provide needed resources to help the student succeed.
The University encourages everyone in its community to be alert to the possibility of threats and acts of violence on the part of employees, former employees, students, former students, customers and strangers. The University will handle any report of violence in a confidential manner, to the extent permitted by law and policy, and will release information related to such reports only on a need-to-know basis. If you provide contact information, we can contact you to let you know we are addressing your concern. You are encouraged to identify yourself because you can assist the team if clarification or additional information is needed. Anonymous entries will be evaluated based on the information provided. However, providing incomplete information may not allow the individual to receive the help or resources needed.
The University prohibits individuals from making deliberately false or misleading reports of violence or threats of violence under this policy. Individuals who make such reports will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or termination of employment.
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy, Department of Education, Federal Register, 73(237), 34 CFR Part 99, January 8, 2009)
FERPA covers written records; however, observations made by college administrators, faculty, staff and students are not covered by FERPA. Faculty, staff and students can therefore report to the CPT concerns about students’ behavior which they have observed without violating FERPA.