Assessment and Consultation Team for Students
The Student Intervention Team (SIT) for students is a team of university professionals that meets routinely to review, discuss and coordinate an appropriate response to students exhibiting inappropriate behaviors, suicidal thoughts or attempts, or other mental health issues.
The SIT was established in the fall of 2006 as the Assessment and Consultation Team to respond to incidents of high-risk mental health, disciplinary or criminal behavior exhibited by students. The name was changed to the Student Intervention Team in 2011 to more accurately describe the team's role. Representatives from the Department of Residence, Student Health Clinic, University Police, the Counseling Center and Dean of Students Office discuss the ongoing treatment, care, response and management of these high risk student cases. The team and related processes are overseen by the Dean of Students.
The mission of the Student Intervention Team (SIT) is to provide a coordinated analysis and response plan for the university's high-risk student critical incident cases within the framework of assuring a safe campus community. These efforts consist of offering mediation or adjudication of Student Conduct Code violations; medical, counseling and psychiatric services and referrals; and criminal investigation and prosecution of cases. In fulfilling this mission, the SIT promotes students' physical and mental wellness, a safer campus community, and the retention of students who can be successful when treatable issues and behaviors are addressed and managed.
- To make sure continuous health care and counseling services are available to students who are in need.
- To make sure students who display undesirable behavior are held accountable through the university conduct system.
- To provide a safe educational environment and community.
- To increase the retention rate of high-risk students.
Potential OutcomesThe SIT will seek to develop a specific strategy to manage the situation with regard to safety for others and/or the student and minimize disruption to the university community. Issues that will be considered include assessment of potential for violence, containment of disruption, referral for treatment or management of the perceived core problem, and setting appropriate behavioral boundaries within existing university and/or department policies and procedures. If appropriate, the SIT may suggest enactment of one of the following actions using the "least restrictive resolution" principle:
- Withdrawal from a course
- Withdrawal from the university for medical reasons
- Suspension for medical or behavioral reasons
- Withdrawal from university housing
Legal action or referral for university disciplinary action may be initiated and UNI Police presence may the arranged for a difficult meeting, perceived safety concerns or any other appropriate purpose. SIT will communicate to keep appropriate persons informed of unfolding events and resolutions on a need-to-know basis.
Reporting a Concern about a Student
UNI faculty, staff or students who are concerned about the behavior of a student that is potentially dangerous to self or others or is disruptive may contact the person below who seems the most appropriate for the situation. Initially, the team member will consult with at least one other team member to determine an initial course of action or may commence an initial response with an individual consultation within the scope of their unit.
The team member will then provide a report of the concern and any initial action taken to the team during the next regular meeting or the team member may request a special meeting of the SIT to discuss the concern. A team member is then designated to follow each case.
Confidentiality and Records
Confidentiality and Records All meetings and communication will be considered confidential. Any documents, forms or other information submitted to the SIT, along with information obtained related to a student concern, are considered educational records of the individual student and are maintained by the Office of Vice-President for Student Affairs. Information contained in those records will be maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Members of the Assessment and Consultation Team
Dean of Students
Coordinator of Student Assistance and Outreach
Director of Residence Life
Residence Life Coordinator
Director, Counseling Center
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chief of Police/Director, Public Safety