Leave Request

Residents must fill out a Leave Request Form and have it approved for late, extended, overnight, or weekend leave, prior to departure. Late leaves will be granted for no more than one hour past normal curfew and never later than 2:00 a.m. Please note late leaves are only to be used under special circumstances. They are not an extended curfew time.  Forms must be turned in and signed by the dean before the resident leaves. The resident’s copy of the Leave Request Form is then placed in his/her e-mail or message box. Changes in plans after approval should be communicated to the dean on duty before leave is taken. Please note that leaves are not automatically granted. Do not leave campus prior to a leave approval. All leaves must comply with University standards. Leaves will not be approved after midnight. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

If you are on an approved leave and, for some reason, need to return to the residence hall prior to the end of the leave, please inform the dean on duty immediately. If you desire to leave the dorm again, another Leave Request Form must be filled out and approved. Leave requests for house sitting must be accompanied by a written invitation from the home owner and a letter of consent from the parent/guardian of any student under 18 years of age.

Saturday Night/Weekend Leaves/Holiday Leaves
Overnight leaves are not given on Sunday through Friday nights, except to go home.
Exceptions are made only by the residence hall dean on duty.

Weekend leave requests must be turned in by Thursday at 9:00 p.m. Weekend leave requests turned in after that time must be brought directly to the residence hall dean on duty for signed approval.
Saturday night/weekend leaves to other students’ homes will be approved at the discretion of the dean on duty. Overnight/weekend leave requests to homes of single members of the opposite sex will be denied. Approved chaperones are required for mixed gender camping groups. If you have questions, consult with the residence hall dean on duty. Students who stay away overnight from the residence hall without proper authorization are in violation of the rules. Please note that “overnight” is defined as being out after 2:00 a.m. without permission from the residence hall dean. Whenever a resident is in doubt about proper authorization, he/she should contact the residence hall dean at the earliest possible time and make proper arrangements. Students who violate this rule will be immediately referred to the Vice President of Student Life and Retention and may be subject to citizenship probation and/or a meeting with the Conduct and Guidance Committee.

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Behavioral Intervention Team

Purpose of the Behavioral Intervention Team

As a result of growing national trends on college campuses of mental health issues and the increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to alcohol consumption, Washington Adventist University created the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). In order to promote the safety and health of its students, the BIT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include mental health and/or safety issues. Students who qualify for a Behavioral Intervention Team referral demonstrate one or more of the behaviors above.
 
The Behavioral Intervention Team consists of a group of qualified and dedicated WAU professionals whose mission is to:
•Balance the individual needs of the student and those of the greater campus community
•Provide a structured positive method for addressing student behaviors that impact the university community and may involve mental health and/or safety issues
•Manage each case individually
•Initiate appropriate intervention without resorting to punitive measures
•Eliminate "fragmented care"
 
The team works to: 
•Intervene early and provide support and behavioral response to students displaying varying levels of disruptive, disturbed and distressed behaviors
•Respond with support first and sanctions as a last resort
•Predict with accurate individualized assessment the potential for violent, homicidal and/or suicidal behaviors while avoiding stigmatizing mental health issues and stereotype-based profiling
•Enable adherence to a formalized protocol of instructions for communication, coordination and intervention
•Balance FERPA, HIPAA and counselor privilege with college need-to-know and emergency communication needs
•Centralize collection and assessment of red flags raised by student behavior and connect the dots of disparate problematic actions involving one student that may be known to various faculty, staff and administrators
•Engage faculty and staff in effective response with respect to disruptive and/or distressed students
•Coordinate follow-up to ensure that services, support and resources are deployed effectively
•Coordinate mandated psychological assessment, conduct actions, disability services, accommodations, hospitalization and/or medical leave/withdrawal, as needed, and eliminate fragmented care
 
What to Report
In general, any behavior that disrupts the mission or learning environment of the university or causes concern for a student’s well-being should be reported. This includes:
 
Self-injurious behavior/suicidal ideation or attempt:
Behaviors include, but are not limited to: suicidal thoughts or actions, self-mutilation 
 
Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/ or normal proceedings of University students, faculty, staff, or the community 
 
Violation of alcohol and drug use policy: 
Behaviors include, but are not limited to: erratic behavior (on-or-off-campus) created by the use of alcohol or drugs, involuntary hospitalization due to alcohol or drug use 
 
Concerns about a student’s well-being
 
BIT will act quickly to respond to reports; however, BIT team may not able to provide an immediate response to a concern. Call 911 or Campus Security if you feel threatened or an immediate response is needed.
 
How to Report
A. Complete the on-line confidential form   
B. Contact any member of BIT: 
Core Team
•Vice President for Student Life 
•Deans of Resident Life
•Director of Campus Safety
•Campus Professional  Counselor 
•Campus Nurse 
 
What Happens to a Behavioral Report Form
Once a report is submitted:
1) Report immediately enters secure database
2) Automated notification is sent to Campus Student Life Dean 
3) Report is reviewed by BIT
4) Reporter may be contacted for further information
 
Potential Outcomes of Reports
The BIT may
Recommend no action, pending further observation
Assist faculty or staff in developing a plan of action
Refer student to existing on-campus support resources
Refer student to appropriate community resources
Make recommendations consistent with college policies and procedures

Threat Assessment Team

Working with the Community to Prevent Violence

What is Threat Assessment?

"Threat Assessment is a process to identify and respond to students, faculty and staff who may pose a danger to others on campus may pose a danger to themselves, or who may simply be struggling and in need of assistance and resources." 

- G. Deisinger, M. Randazzo,
D. O'Neill, J. Savage in
The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment & Management Teams

 

Washington Adventist University has established a Threat Assessment Team to address situations where students may be exhibiting disruptive, threatening or worrisome behaviors that have the potential to impede their own academic progress, or that has the potential to impede the ability of others to function successfully or safely.

It is imperative that any member of the WAU community – faculty, staff or students – immediately report any situation that could result in harm to anyone at the University. Any member of the campus community may become aware of a troubling situation that is causing serious anxiety, stress, or fear. If such a situation appears to be imminent, including possible immediate risk of violence to self or others, it should be reported immediately to the Department of Campus Safety. Any situation not deemed to be imminent, yet still of concern should be reported to the Office of Student Life.

This Team has been established to:

  • Respond to possible circumstances of violence or threatening behavior;
  • Respond quickly to behavior indicating a potential risk to self or others;
  • Determine if a realistic threat is present and act accordingly;
  • Coordinate and assess information from faculty, administrators, students and local authorities;
  • Notify, within FERPA guidelines, parents, guardians and/or next-of-kin;
  • Identify resources for troubled students and make referrals to appropriate campus and off-campus agencies, including helping with the securing of therapeutic actions such as treatment or counseling;
  • Periodically assess outcomes of actions taken

For the safety of the campus community any threat, explicit or implied, will be considered a statement of intent. The Threat Assessment Team will investigate any concern and act as necessary to protect the campus community.

Threat-related information must be forwarded to the Office of Student Life or in an imminent situation directly to the Department of Campus Safety. The report will be initially evaluated, and if appropriate a group from the Threat Assessment Team will be convened. Any member of the campus community is expected to make themselves available as needed for advice and consultation.

When information is received about a possible threat, it will be investigated and a determination will be made using the best available information regarding the level of threat present. This determination will be made by assessing the initial concern in conjunction with any corroborating evidence, the student’s disciplinary record, and any other relevant information as deemed appropriate by the Threat Assessment Team. The determination of the Threat Assessment Team is intended only as an initial intervention, and should only be considered as the first part of an ongoing review. While the Team is comprised of skilled and knowledgeable staff who will make every effort to consider all angles of a situation, it should be noted that assessing a possible threat can never be 100% accurate.

As needed, the Threat Assessment Team will ask the Vice-President of Student Life, or designee, to place a student on an interim suspension pending a disciplinary hearing, require internal or external psychological evaluations, or act in any other manner as allowed by the University’s  policy in order to ensure the safety of the campus community.

The Threat Assessment Team consists of University personnel with expertise in law enforcement, threat assessment, academic affairs, and student affairs. Whenever possible a collaborative process will be used to assess the perceived threat. A core team of key campus leaders will generally comprise the Team, and a secondary support team will be available as needed to assist with the investigation and assessment of a situation. Other individuals may also be consulted such as a faculty member who has a concern about a student. Generally when investigating a possible student threat four members of the core team – one each from Student Life, Academic Affairs, the Counseling Center, and Campus Safety, to be chaired by the representative from the Office of Student Life – will be assembled to manage the investigation and make a determination regarding the level of threat.

The Team will meet on an emergency basis and as needed to review reports brought forward by faculty, staff, and students concerning disruptive, inappropriate, and/or threatening behavior.

Core Team

  • Vice President for Student Life
  • Deans of Resident Life
  • Director of Campus Safety
  • Campus Professional Counselor
  • Campus Nurse

 

General questions about the role or purpose of the Threat Assessment Team should be forwarded to the Office of Student Life at any time.

 

Campus Violence Prevention

Washington Adventist University is committed to the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff and vistors. To that end, the campus violence prevention plan specifically addresses the university protocal to the prevention and reduction of violent incidents. 
The plan is inter-disciplinary and is dedicated to ensuring every known behavioral or violenct incident is addressed adequately following established campus policies and procedures. Washington Adventist University campus violence prevention is founded on principle of early intervention and proactive engagement to prevent violence and provide supportive services.