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The mission of the Students of Concern Team (SOC) is to promote a safe and healthy learning environment at UW-Stout by assessing and coordinating response to students whose behavior raises concern for serious health and safety risks to themselves or other members of the campus community.
The purpose of the SOC is to serve as a central network focused on prevention and early intervention in community situations involving students experiencing extreme distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors. The Team will provide collaborative consultation and develop strategies to address concerns regarding students’ well-being or behavior that is potentially harmful to self and/or others or is disruptive and/or threatening. This team will regularly assess these situations in the university community and will recommend and/or take action in accordance with existing university policy.
Typical consultations may involve students with suicide risk, eating disorders, alcohol and drug problems or aggressive/disruptive behavior. Behavior of concern may be demonstrated physically, verbally, or in writing.
Representatives from the Dean of Students Office, Counseling Center, Health Center, University Housing, Disability Services and University Police will serve on the team. Other university officials may be asked to serve on the team in specific situations as needed. The Team will consult with UW System Legal Council as needed.
The team will meet weekly during the academic year, and as needed when school is not in session.
The Dean of Students will serve as the team chairperson. Chair functions include but are not limited to the following:
All members of the Team will be available to consult with members of the University community regarding students at risk. Team members should consult with the chair or other team member to determine if a student needs to be addressed before the next scheduled meeting. Faculty and staff in need of consultation may contact any member of the team and present the facts of the situation. Access persons will triage requests and determine appropriateness and level of priority. The concerned faculty/staff member will be encouraged to attend the team meeting to discuss the situation with the team. The team will respond to all situations in as timely a manner as possible.
Information about how to access the team will be disseminated at the beginning of each fall semester via e-mail/university mail to the university community. The notice will present the team’s efforts as a proactive measure and will include how to request team consultation.
A process will be developed by the Team to further educate key stakeholders regarding how/when to access the SOC Team.
An annual review of all of the students discussed by SOC will be conducted to assess academic, behavioral and referral outcomes.
Administrative notes of the meetings will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file by the Dean of Students Office. These notes will document the students discussed, the situation prompting concern, any plan of action, and the party or parties responsible for following up. Team members may also maintain their own documentation for the purpose of sharing relevant information in their own offices.
Sharing of information by individual team members will be guided by the respective legal and professional standards of confidentiality governing their work. In cases involving protected medical and mental health treatment information, written authorization may need to be obtained prior to releasing information at the team meeting.
Dean of Students
Director, Counseling Center
Assistant Director, University Housing
Director, Student Heath Services