Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT)
The purpose of the BAT (Behavioral Assessment Team) is to provide a cross-functional, multidisciplinary point of contact for members of the college community who have encountered student behavior, which they perceive as unusual, threatening, or dangerous.
Report Behavioral Concern
The BAT will determine if there have been additional warning signs or reasons for concern (such as code violations or classroom incidents), classify the level of threat, and develop a plan of action. Examples of action can include referrals to appropriate campus entities and, if necessary, off-campus agencies.
To report an issue, follow the appropriate guidelines below:
- Online Referrals: Log in to myKnightLife – Click on menu – Forms – Student Behavior Report Form.
- Verbal Referrals: Call or speak with a BAT member, telling them what you have observed or heard, and explain why this concerns you.
All campus community members are responsible for reporting concerning behavior to the Behavioral Assessment Team. If an incident is an imminent threat, the observer should call 9-1-1 immediately.
- Our Mission
To assist in the maintenance of a safe, supportive campus environment through effective communication, interventions, and referrals.
- To educate the SCC campus about behaviors which are a cause for concern and how to report such behaviors.
- To promote a culture of reporting concerning behavior within the campus community.
- To develop strategies to manage violence, threats, and disruptive behavior.
- To increase employee and student awareness of the purpose of the BAT committee.
- To differentiate warning signs or behaviors which are an imminent threat from those that are a lower level of concern.
- To provide resources and support to students of concern, as appropriate.
- Serve as a point of contact for employees and students who are dealing with a threatening, disruptive, or otherwise problematic individual behavior.
- Identify students of concern who could potentially pose a threat and assess each individual’s
- Monitor students of concern and provide them with appropriate campus and community resources, as appropriate.
- Develop a plan of intervention/resolution for students by assessing the individual’s threat level by utilizing the “NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool.”
- Provide training for faculty, staff, and administrators on how to assist students of concern.
- Provide clear communication and procedures to the Surry Community College community.
- Build strong working relationships and establish liaisons with local community.
- Review college policies and procedures for dealing with the behavior of individuals on campus (e.g., workplace violence, emergency response procedures, etc.) and offer recommendations where appropriate.
- Actions and Recommendations
The Behavioral Assessment Team will receive reports of concerning behavior, and circumstances of violence, threatening behavior, unwanted pursuit, or harassing behavior. In an effort to protect the campus community, BAT will investigate and respond to all reported behaviors. BAT may recommend some or all of the following:
- Make recommendations to appropriate college personnel that may include, but are not limited to the actions or sanctions consistent with the Student Handbook and Faculty/Staff Handbook.
- Refer students, faculty, or staff to professional counseling.
- Make recommendations for the filing of criminal charges.
- Assign appropriate personnel to the subject of the incident for follow-up and observation.
- Recommend that the proper authority notify, within FERPA guidelines, the parents, guardians, and/or next-of-kin.
- Make recommendations to appropriate college personnel regarding conditions of consideration for an individual to return as an active member of the campus community. This may include requiring internal/external psychological evaluations of the individual in question.
- BAT Members
- Sabrina Terry, Chair (Dean, Enrollment Management Services)
- Dr. Jami Woods (Vice President, Academic Affairs)
- Chief Marty Shropshire (Chief of Police)
- Melissa Atkinson (Director of Student Success and Academic Advising)
- Laura Bracken (Director, Testing and Disability Services)
- Forrest Lineberry (Director of Career & College Readiness)
- Anne Marie Woodruff (Counselor)
- Nancy Taylor (Psychology Instructor)
- Brandi Hicks, Secretary (Coordinator of Student Services)