About Dean Of Students

DISTRESSING / THREATENING STUDENT BEHAVIOR

Distressing / threatening student behavior may include direct or implied threats of violence, direct or implied threats dependent on grading or evaluation, acts of harassment, stalking, or any other behaviors that make you feel uncomfortable, uneasy, or unsafe. Read on for information on responding to a distressing situation.

Emergency

In an emergency, call the UIC Police at (312) 355-5555 or from a campus phone, 5-5555.

Examples:
  • Acts or threats of violence
  • Urgent safety concerns
  • Possession of a weapon on campus
  • Imminent threat of suicidal actions
  • Medical emergencies/hospital transports

Nonemergency

For nonemergency situations, contact the Office of the Dean of Students, (312) 996-4857, or the Counseling Center, (312) 996-3490.

Emaxples:
  • Erratic behavior that disrupts the normal proceedings of the university
  • Violations of the Student Disciplinary Policy
  • Any pattern of disturbing behavior that may pose a nonemergency threat to safety
  • Concern for a student’s well-being/mental health
  • Expression of suicidal thoughts

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Campus Phone Numbers

UIC Police (Emergency) – (312)355-5555
UIC Police (Non-Emergency) – (312) 996-2830
Office of the Dean of Students – (312) 996-4857
Counseling Center – (312) 996-3490
In-Touch Hotline – (312) 996-5535
Campus Housing – (312) 355-6300
Campus Advocacy Network – (312) 413-8206
Office of Access and Equity (Title IX Officer, Tanya Jachimiak) – (312) 996-8670
Family Medicine – (312) 996-2901
UI Hospital Emergency Room – (312) 996-7298

Community Resources
Rape Victim Advocates – (312) 443-9603
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline – (888) 293-2080
Chicago Domestic Violence Hotline – (877) 863-6338

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Student Response Team (SRT)

The Student Response Team coordinates support services and an administrative response to crises involving students; makes referrals to the Threat Assessment team; and provides individual student case review and management. The team is chaired by the Dean of Students. Representatives from Campus Housing, Student Centers, International Services, Counseling Center, Women’s Affairs, Campus Advocacy Network, Public Affairs, UIC Police, University Counsel, and Academic Affairs serve on the team.

The Student Response Team meets monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters. The meeting is divided into two parts: (1) the Team discusses general student issues/problems, policies related to student concerns/behaviors, and recommendations for programs/services to meet student needs; (2) A subgroup of the Team then reviews individual student cases that have surfaced as a result of concerns raised to team members. The intent is to exchange information, as appropriate, in order to better assist and support students of concern as well as to develop a plan that serves the interests of the campus community.

Depending on the level of concern and seriousness of the threat posed by an individual, a student’s case may be referred to the Threat Response Team. Records for the Student Response Team are maintained in the Dean of Students office. When appropriate, members of the Student Response team may communicate more frequently to assess, manage and mitigate threatening, self-destructive, and violent student behavior.


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Faculty and Staff Response Team (FSRT)

The Faculty and Staff Response Team coordinates support services and an administrative response to crises involving faculty and staff; makes referrals to the Threat Assessment team; and provides individual faculty/staff case review and management. The team is chaired by a representative from Human Resources or Faculty Affairs depending on the classification of the individual(s) involved in the crisis. Representatives from the Office of Access and Equity, Human Resources, University Health Services, Employee Assistance, the Counseling Center, Faculty Affairs, UIC Police, University Counsel, and Public Affairs serve on this team. Records for the Faculty and Staff Response Team are maintained in the appropriate department and Human Resources or Faculty Affairs.


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Threat Assessment Team (TAT)

The Threat Assessment Team is charged with developing comprehensive fact-based assessments of students, employees, or other individuals who may present a direct and immediate threat to the safety and/or security of the university community and is empowered to take timely and appropriate action, consistent with university policy and applicable law. The group is comprised of permanent members and rotating members. As designated by the chairperson, rotating members are utilized on a case by case basis depending on the circumstances of the case and the identity of the individual in question.

  1. Membership
    • The Chair of the TAT will vary depending on the individual who poses the threat to the University. For students, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee serves as the chairperson of the team. For faculty or staff, the appropriate Vice Chancellor or an appropriate member from the Faculty/Staff Response Team shall serve as the chairperson.
    • Permanent members include the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Director of the Counseling Center, a UIC Forensic Psychiatrist, UIC Police Chief, Associate Chancellor for Public Affairs, Director of Health Services, a representative from the Office of University Counsel and designated alternates if permanent member(s) are themselves unavailable during an emergency.
    • Rotating members include representatives from the following offices: College Dean, Faculty Affairs, Chancellor’s Status Committees, Human Resources, Access and Equity, Labor Relations, University Health Services, Employee Assistance, Dean of Students, Campus Housing, International Services, Student Centers, African American Academic Network, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services, Native American Support Program, Asian American Cultural Center, Gender and Sexuality Center, Disability Resource Center, Women’s Affairs, and the Campus Advocacy Network.
  2. Procedures
    • The Chairperson will determine the appropriate composition of the team for each case based on the classification of the individual posing the threat (faculty, staff, student) and will convene the group.
      Additional members may be included on an ad hoc basis by the Chairperson as needed.
    • The team assesses the severity of the threat and develops an action plan. Team members are assigned specific responsibilities related to the action plan.
    • The action plan could include identification of dangerous warning signs, establishment of a threat potential risk level, additional investigation, case preparation for hearings (e.g. commitment hearing), and dissemination of warning information.
    • The chairperson oversees the completion of the action plan and communicates with team members and others as needed.
    • A final review/evaluation of each case is conducted by the team. Follow up assignments may be issued to monitor the progress of the case.
  3. Case Records
    • Case records are maintained in the following offices: for students, the Office of the Dean of Students; for staff, Human Resources/the appropriate department; for faculty, Faculty Affairs/the appropriate department.
    • All threat assessment teams should consult with the Office of Access and Equity if violence is occurring within the context of sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination. Refer to Exhibit B for a chart of the UIC Campus Violence Response and Prevention Teams.

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