An exploratory study of how institutions utilize systems to respond to students who are exhibiting threatening behavior
Bell, Douglas Ray
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When multiple systems are available to address a student’s behavior, it is important for administrators to engage the system that will best assist in reaching their desired outcome. This study examines the utilization of systems to address the concerning and threatening behavior of students. The objective of this quantitative study is to identify and describe the composition of the different systems being used to address behavior, while also seeking to understand what behaviors must be present for an institution to determine which system to engage students when multiple systems are available to address their behavior. Findings indicated that institutions utilized a coordinated approach when engaging multiple systems to address threatening behaviors. These multiple systems include behavioral intervention teams, office of student conduct, office of public security/police, counseling and housing/residential life. Finding support the need for further trainings or professional developments regarding their team functions.