Consultation and Assessment Team
The Consultation and Assessment Team (CAT) is an informal consultation team of Ohio State Marion whose goal is to help students to be successful by ensuring a safe and healthy campus learning environment.
In order to ensure a safe environment for all, consultation meetings are held at the request of OSU students, faculty, or staff, who are concerned about a student’s behavior that may be dangerous to self or others or is extremely disruptive.
What Should I do if I am Concerned about a Student’s Behavior?
While instances of Ohio State Marion students engaging in disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior are rare, circumstances may arise causing concern among our students, faculty, or staff. It is important to remember that early intervention is vital, and that trained colleagues are prepared to assist.
How to Make a Report Regarding a Distressed, Disruptive or Threatening Student:
Complete the online Behavior Concern Report form to file an electronic report regarding your concern for a student, request the Consultation and Assessment Team to further assess a situation, or initiate contact with the CAT,
Immediate Threat of Violence or Significant Disruption:
If a student is acting in a violent manner or threatening immediate violence to self or others, call 911 first, then contact Public Safety at (740) 725-6222.
If you believe a student is experiencing a medical crisis, contact 911.
Examples of Concerning Behavior
Emotional or Psychological Distress:
- Marked change in performance or behavior
- Excessive absence or tardiness
- Exaggerated emotional response that does not fit the situation
- Depressed or lethargic mood
- Hyperactivity or rapid speech
- Marked change in personal hygiene
- Excessive confusion
- Dependency (individual hangs around or makes excessive appointments to see you)
- Behavior indicating loss of contact with reality
- Expressing feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- References to suicide, homicide or assault
- Isolation from classmates, faculty and staff
- Undue aggressiveness
Disorderly or Disruptive Behavior:
- Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention
- Words or actions that intimidate or harass another
- Words or actions that cause another to fear for his/her personal safety
- Threats of physical assault
Severe Disruptive & Threatening Behavior:
- A “threat” is defined as any behavior which suggests intent to harm someone.
- Threats may be spoken, written, electronic communication, (including posting to social networking sites) or expressed in some other manner, (e.g., through gestures).
- Threats can be made directly to an intended victim, communicated through third parties, or expressed in private settings.
- Possession of a weapon is presumed to indicate a threat.