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A Jesuit Approach to Students of Concerns Committees: Overcoming Challenges, Improving Student Care, Enhancing Community Safety. JASPA Summer Institute July 21, 2010 David deBoer , Ph.D. Diane Asaro , M.S.N. Jane Neufeld. M. Ed. Jeremy Inabinet , M.Ed. Our Goals for Today.

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A Jesuit Approach to Students of Concerns Committees: Overcoming Challenges, Improving Student Care, Enhancing Community Safety

JASPA Summer Institute

July 21, 2010

David deBoer, Ph.D.

Diane Asaro, M.S.N.

Jane Neufeld. M. Ed.

Jeremy Inabinet, M.Ed.

our goals for today
Our Goals for Today
  • Summarize the formation, scope and functioning of our group
  • Provide perspectives from: Wellness Center Director, Dean of Students/Chair, Chief Student Conduct Administrator, and Behavioral Consultant
  • Identify distinctly Jesuit influences of our work
  • Promote Group Discussion/Sharing of Lessons Learned
our way of proceeding
“Our Way of Proceeding”

“Jesuits and others involved in Ignatian endeavors often refer to “our way of proceeding”. This is a hard to define collection of attitudes, customs and values that gives Ignatian work its characteristic flavor.”

Fleming, David SJ. (2008). What is Ignatian Spiritualty?. Loyola Press, Chicago.

establishing buy in and administrative authority
Establishing Buy in and Administrative Authority

Selection and strength of concepts

  • Approach
  • Transparency
  • Community
  • Ongoing faculty/staff education
  • Evaluation
establishing buy in and administrative authority1
Establishing Buy-in and Administrative Authority

Inclusion in development

2007

Oct./First Proposal for CLEWS

  • March 2008
  • Cabinet
  • Student Affairs Committee/BOT
  • Faculty Council
  • 1st BCT planning (members)
  • USGA Senate
  • April 2008
  • Faculty UPC
  • Council of Deans
  • Staff Council meeting
  • UCC
  • Simultaneously
  • Discussion with Academics/discuss withdrawal and re-entry
  • Plan fac/staff training
  • InternationalPrograms
  • UMC/ITS/HR

Final sign off by President—Summer ‘08

BCT rollout in

Fall 2008

challenges lessons learned
Challenges/Lessons Learned

Responding to concerns

Who decides if it is a mental health issue?

Confidentiality of BCT and Wellness Center records

Impact on current reporting structures

membership of bct
Membership of BCT
  • Chair – Dean of Students
  • Wellness Center (Medical and Mental Health)
  • Residence Life
  • Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
  • Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Campus Safety
  • Ministry
  • Academic Advising
  • Associate Provost
  • Legal Counsel (as non-member consultant)
scope of our mission
Scope of Our Mission
  • Personal Safety of Self or Others
  • Behavior indicates acute personal distress
  • Pattern of disruptive, disturbed or disturbing behavior
  • Alcohol, drug violations or associated hospital transports
operational procedures
Operational Procedures
  • Standing meeting, Mondays at 11:00 am
  • Reports come to us:
    • BCT mailbox
    • BCT hotline
  • Records and proceedings confidential
  • Database
challenges lessons learned1
Challenges/Lessons Learned
  • Academics - key
  • Every situation is unique
  • Put holds on accounts
  • Database
  • Panic button in office/windows on doors
  • Cura Personalis
bct s effect on role as dean of students
BCT’s Effect on Role as Dean of Students
  • How time is spent/dedicated
  • Life/job goes on, could be full time job
  • Confidential situations
  • Title of DOS
  • Fewer interactions with students (i.e. fewer students consume more time)
role of a student conduct officer
Role of a Student Conduct Officer

Provide history of any previous behavioral/conduct concerns

Maintain overall database of comprehensive records

Address issues of non-compliance

Educate university constituents on interface of BCT and Student Conduct

challenges lessons learned2
Challenges/Lessons Learned

Letting behavioral issues be treated as non-conduct issues

Validating issues as non-conduct issues

Adjudicating cases that result in “Failure to Comply”

Instituted Policy Changes

role of a mental health consultant
Role of a Mental Health Consultant
  • Provide psychological perspective to behavioral issues that emerge
  • Provide linkage to needed care for students of concern
  • Conduct medical clearance interviews and mandated assessments
  • Educate university constituents on interface of BCT and Wellness services
challenges and lessons learned
Challenges and Lessons Learned
  • Protecting patient boundaries and confidentiality while providing needed consultation
  • Protecting the Wellness Center’s reputation among students as a safe space
  • Assisting mental health staff in maintaining a flexible and collaborative sensibility around an interdepartmental threat assessment approach
  • Importance of transparency
  • Accurately conveying the limits of what counselors can and cannot assess and predict
a uniquely jesuit challenge
A Uniquely Jesuit challenge
  • Discerning the meanings and mandate of Cura Personalis for the range of issues presented to Students of Concerns Teams