Mesa Community College (MCC) is committed to promoting a safe educational environment and workplace through proactive and coordinated procedures. MCC employees play a critical role in this process by providing early detection of behaviors not imminently dangerous that are observed in or outside the classroom.  A campus that is aware and appropriately engaged helps to diffuse behaviors that may escalate to high risk situations.  The Assessment Care Team (ACT) helps lead the college’s efforts to prevent disruptive or dangerous events through:

  1.  Campus education sessions
  2.  Intervention strategies for disruptive behavior
  3. Early alert detection and reporting of concerning behaviors
  4. Management of situations that pose, or may pose, a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community (i.e. students, faculty, staff, and visitors)
  5. A prepared a crisis management plan for three levels of support: prevention, incident and recovery

Assessment Care Team process chartThe ACT team provides procedures for referral, evaluation and appropriate response to individuals who present a possible or actual safety risk to themselves, others or the campus.  The core ACT will coordinate with faculty and staff to anticipate vulnerabilities to the campus and intervene through education or appropriate disposition when disruptive behaviors are displayed. MCC employees may consult the ACT or use the Early Alert Referral System (EARS) to refer students displaying disruptive behavior(s) that is not imminently dangerous (see behavioral assessment tool for general information and strategies) MCC Behavioral Assessment Tool and MCC ACT RISK CHART. Behavior that poses an imminent risk of danger to anyone must be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety for review, appropriate referral, and/or disposition. 

Behavior that poses an imminent risk of danger to anyone must be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety for review, appropriate referral, and/or disposition.

Assessment Care Team Resources:

  • NaBITA Behavioral Assessment Tool
  • NaBITA White Paper
  • NaBITA Risk Chart

If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an individual or group training please contact Cindy Jepsen, Coordinator of College Compliance.  480-461-7817, cindy.jepsen@mesacc.edu