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Behavioral Concerns and Response Team

Behavioral Concerns and Response Team (BCRT) Purpose

The purpose of the NHCC BCRT is to evaluate and address student behavior that may be inappropriate or concerning, and to coordinate the resources of the College to intervene and provide necessary supports. In order to promote the safety and health of all NHCC students, the NHCC BCRT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include mental health and/or safety issues. 

BCRT Responsibilities

  • Meet regularly to identify patterns, trends, and disturbances in the behavior of an individual or group
  • Evaluate the nature of a reported behavior or incident to assess the level of risk
  • Determine appropriate course of action to respond to a behavioral concern and initiate intervention or response to prevent a situation from escalating further
  • Coordinate resources and follow-up to ensure comprehensive response and care
  • Manage each case individually
  • Balance the individual needs of the student and those of the greater campus community
  • Develop and utilize a technology system for reporting and tracking (must be confidential)
  • Campus awareness and education of BCRT, its work, and how to report concerns  

BCRT Members

  • Chad Henderson, Director, Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (Chair)
  • Tadael Emiru, Dean of Students
  • Michael Birchard, Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer
  • Lisa Whalen, Instructional Faculty
  • Missy Lott, Instructional Faculty
  • Lisa LaMere, Instructional Faculty
  • Erik Pakieser, Director of Public Safety
  • Samantha Schendzielos, Counselor
  • Olamide Awoyemi, Counselor
  • Tom Lynch, Director of Access Services
  • Laura Nikolas, Associate Director of Student Life

Understanding FERPA

FERPA protects the privacy of students' education records. FERPA does not prohibit or in any way restrict a college employee from sharing what they personally observe. In other words, a college employee would not violate FERPA by advising the Behavioral Concerns & Response Team of what he or she saw or heard when directly interacting with a student, when observing a student interact with others, or when otherwise observing a student's behavior or demeanor.

In addition, if a NHCC faculty member notices disturbing content in a student's writing or artwork, the faculty member should refer this to the BCRT. Although the student's writing or artwork would likely be an education record protected by FERPA, FERPA authorizes school officials such as faculty to disclose education records to other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in those records, without the student's consent. Since the BCRT is responsible for identifying, responding to, and supporting at risk NHCC students while simultaneously attending to the needs of the NHCC community, in these circumstances, the members of the BCRT would have a legitimate educational interest in examining the student's writing or artwork.

Protecting student privacy is a high priority of the BCRT. Records and proceedings of the BCRT are kept confidential and shared only on a "need to know" basis in a manner that is consistent with college policy and the college’s obligations under applicable law, including FERPA.

How to File a Report

In order to file a report, you can click the "Submit BCRT Report" button to the right, or e-mail bcrt@nhcc.edu. Provide as much information about the student as possible, along with a description of the behavior of concern. If you would like to talk about a potential BCRT situation before submitting a report, you can reach Chad Henderson, Director, Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, at 763-488-0229. 

If someone is in immediate danger or in need of help, please call Public Safety at 763-424-0807, or simply dial 911.

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Contact Information

Chad Henderson
Judicial Affairs Officer
763-488-0229
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