Message from Student Affairs

04.04.14

Across the country, college campuses have changed. Certainly one of the most profound changes has been the increase in serious mental health incidents related to students. Unfortunately, several of those incidents resulted in deadly violence.

In response to this national trend, SUNY Potsdam developed the Behavioral Evaluation Committee (BEC) several years ago. The group, now comprised of Student Affairs staff (Counseling Center, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Student Health Services, University Police, Residence Life), Student Success Center staff, and Academic Administrators has regularly scheduled meetings to deal both proactively and reactively about “students of concern”.

The members of the BEC believe that behavior is more easily addressed sooner rather than later. To that end, we have again produced the Care Enough To Call guide (http://www.potsdam.edu/studentlife/safety/upload/Care-Enough-to-Call.pdf) to help you quickly identify the best steps to take in a variety of difficult situations. We hope that you will find the information useful and that you will partner with those on the BEC to help students who need us most, creating a more safe and productive learning environment. A poster version of the guide is being delivered to departmental offices, residence halls, and posted on bulletin boards in the near future.