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Assessment and Care Team (ACT)

The Assessment and Care Team's Purpose

Kingsborough Community College is concerned about the safety, health, and well-being of all of its students, faculty, and staff.
The Assessment and Care Team (ACT) has been created to identify, investigate, assess, refer, monitor and take action in response to behaviors exhibited by Kingsborough students that may pose a threat to the college community.

Anyone who is concerned about a student and his/her behavior can make an ACT referral; including students, parents, faculty and staff, and other community members.

As a result of a referral to ACT, the ACT will assess the situation and make recommendations for action. Such actions may range from a counseling or academic support referral to removing the student from the college community by means of the appropriate University processes. When appropriate, ACT will refer students, not deemed to be high risk, to campus resources and services that will enable them to remain in good standing at Kingsborough.

Mission
The Assessment and Care Team's mission is to:
  • Balance the individual needs of the student with those of the greater campus community
  • Provide a structured method for addressing student behaviors that impact the college community and may involve mental health and/or safety issues
  • Manage each case individually
  • Initiate appropriate intervention without resorting to punitive measures
  • Eliminate "fragmented care"
Please know the success of this process hinges on the community's commitment to reporting concerns.

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Reportable Behaviors
There are 3 categories of student behavior that ACT addresses:
  1. Self-Injurious behavior/ suicidal ideation or attempt.
  2. Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of college students, faculty, or staff.
  3. Behavior that may compromise the health and safety of students, staff, faculty, or the general college community.
    The following are examples of behaviors that should be reported:
  • Emotional outbursts (yelling or screaming or anger management issues)
  • Verbal or written threats of any nature
  • Intimidating or harassing others including disturbing or threatening phone calls, text messages, emails, facebook/my space postings, etc.
  • Disruptive behavior on campus (including in classrooms)
  • Concerns of physical abuse of students including self-mutilation
  • Concerns of intimate relationship violence, family violence, spousal abuse
  • Involuntary transportation to the hospital for alcohol and drug use/abuse
  • Material, written or spoken, in coursework suggesting possibly harming self or others
  • Written or verbal expressions of suicidal thoughts or actions

To make a report, please call:

Public Safety from outside the campus or from a cell phone:
Public Safety at 718-368-4995

To call inside the college telephone system:
Ext. 7777

OR

Dean of Student Affairs at 718-368-5563
or
complete a referral form online by clicking the following:

Complere Incident Report Here

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES, CALL PUBLIC SAFETY AT
718-368-7777


When in doubt, call Public Safety

IMPORTANT!
Behaviors which warrant immediate reporting to Campus Public Safety instead of submitting this form:

  • Student displays or allegedly is carrying a weapon of any kind
  • Student threatens harm to self or others (including written indication of harms or suicide)
  • Assault of any nature including sexual assault

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ACT Report FAQs

What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to the ACT process?
  1. If you feel there is an immediate threat, call Public Safety at 718-368-7777.
  2. To make a referral/report, click here for the online Incident Report form. You will be asked for basic information about the student, your contact information (in case the ACT committee has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
  3. You are the Assessment and Care Team's best resource because you are familiar to the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is OK. In many cases students will indicate that he/she could use some help and you can refer them to Personal Counseling or other resources on campus by using the student referral link at http://www.kingsborough.edu/regform/referrals/referrals.php. In this instance, feel free to also submit a referral to ACT if necessary.

Who can make an ACT report?
Anyone who is concerned about a student and his/her behavior can make an ACT report; including students, parents, faculty and staff, and other community members.

What if I observe someone's behavior and am concerned about what I see but I am unsure if the individual is a student or I am unable to identify the individual?
ACT will respond to any report submitted. However, to insure a timely response to situations involving observed behavior by an unknown individual, it is best to contact Public Safety. If the individual in question turns out to be a student, ACT will respond with a thorough follow-up.

What happens after I make the report?
ACT will take the information submitted in the report and assess the situation. All reports will be kept confidential within ACT.

What happens to the student in the ACT process?

ACT will respond to all reports in a sensitive manner and assess the situation with particular attention to the student's well being. ACT will design an appropriate plan to respond, depending on the nature of the situation. After the assessment, ACT will make a determination that takes into consideration the student's best interests as well as the best interest of the college community.

How do I know if it is an ACT issue or if it is more appropriately handled by other campus resources?

You do not have to make this determination; ACT will do it for you. The most critical step is that you report it at http://www.kingsborough.edu/act/incident.php.If another campus resource is more appropriate, ACT will refer the student and handle the transfer of information in a confidential manner.
Typically, behaviors that pose a possible threat to safety or that cause a significant community disruption qualify as cases for ACT, while students who experience other mental health issues are appropriate referrals to the Counseling Center in D-102 or at
http://www.kingsborough.edu/regform/referrals/referrals.php.


NOTE:Never promise confidentiality to student(s) during initial referral.

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Members
Members of the Assessment and Care Team

The ACT includes 5 core members:
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Director of Public Safety
  • Director of Counseling and Health Services
  • Judicial Affairs Officer
  • Legal affairs representative

Additional sources of information and referral may come from the following departments & offices:

  • Student Life
  • Disability Services
  • Veteran's Affairs Student Office
  • Student Health Services
  • Instructional Services
  • Finance and Administration
  • Academic Departments
  • CUNY General Counsel
Protocol
The Assessment and Care Team (ACT) protocol ensures that critical student behaviors that may be a concern to the campus community are addressed appropriately.

There are 3 categories of student behavior that ACT addresses:
    • Self-Injurious behavior/ suicidal ideation or attempt.
    • Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of college students, faculty, or staff.
    • Behavior that posses the potential compromise of health and safety of students, staff, faculty, staff or the general college community.

Once a report is made to the Assessment and Care Team (ACT) and confirmed via incident report or email. The ACT will determine a course of action relative to the particulars of each situation.
The type of assessment is dependent on the behavior reported. After the assessment, ACT will make a determination that takes into consideration the student's best interest as well as the best interest of the college community.

Comments
Thank you for reviewing the Assessment and Care Team site.
If you have any further questions or have comments, please contact ACT at 
ACT@kbcc.cuny.edu.




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