Part of the Managing Student Threats and Risk: Effective Policies and Practices Series:
Session 1: Balancing Campus Safety and Legal Liabilities
November 14, 2012
Recent campus tragedies involving students with psychological disabilities highlight the need for campuses to be prepared to anticipate and respond to student risk and threats. Identifying and responding to students who may pose a threat of harm to themselves or others forces administrators to walk a fine line between over- and under-response. In order to respond effectively, campus administrators must draw on the best practices from the student development, mental health, campus safety, and risk management fields while complying with legal and regulatory requirements.
This webcast series tackles the toughest questions surrounding how you can support the best interest of students while mitigating risk for your institution through legally sound policies. Over the course of three sessions, our expert instructors will help you think through the ways you can develop a comprehensive and integrated risk management approach to policy development that provides a thorough framework to more accurately identify and respond to students of concern.
While each session has a specific focus, the series will address:
- How applicable laws, regulations, and best practices can be reflected in your campus protocols.
- Policy intersections between behavioral intervention teams and other student conduct campus policies and practices.
- The intersection between mental health issues and the student conduct system, with a focus on student behavior.
After participating in this webcast, you will be able to develop and evaluate your intervention team policies to ensure a consistent response across campus.
This session will outline best practices in identification, evaluation, and response to threats; the philosophy behind the composition and purpose of threat or behavioral intervention teams; and research on students who pose threats and administrative considerations as you form, implement, and manage your teams. You will consider how your threat or behavioral intervention team policies intersect with existing policies and procedures and how best to create a seamless, integrated, and collaborative intersection for effective response. We will also discuss the evolving role of case management in the threat assessment process.
- Threat and violence on campus: legal context for threat assessment
- Identifying, evaluating, and responding to student threats
- Threat assessment and behavioral intervention teams
- Voluntary and involuntary withdrawal procedures
- The role of case management
- Creating effective policies and practices
Doctoral Associate and Ph.D. Candidate, Western Michigan University
Anne has served as the dean of students at four liberal arts colleges. She has earned a national reputation in her field, presenting at workshops and conferences across the country. She has written, presented, and provided training on risk management, responding to issues concerning students with significant psychological disabilities, and student conduct systems. Anne earned her B.A. from Albion College and her M.F.A. from Western Michigan University. She is a doctoral candidate in the higher education administration program at Western Michigan University and works with WMU’s student affairs division, where she is coordinating a comprehensive assessment and strategic-planning initiative.
As an attorney or consultant, Allan has advised institutions of higher education for over 30 years on various issues, including student affairs, disability accommodations, governance, accreditation, and risk management. He writes for a number of publications related to higher education policy and legal issues. He has written and presented extensively on students with disabilities, specifically on risk and legal liability issues related to students with significant psychological disabilities. Allan received his B.A. in history from Emory University and his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. Anne and Allan are the co-authors of “Responding to and Supporting Students with Disabilities: Risk Management Considerations” (New Directions for Higher Education, No. 154, Summer 2011, Wiley Periodicals) and The Student Affairs Handbook: Translating Legal Principles into Effective Policies (LRP 2007).