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Behavioral Consultation Team

The Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT) is a team of Radford University staff members who provide resource information to other staff, faculty, and administrators dealing with students whose behavior may be of concern, disruptive or otherwise problematic.

The team includes staff from the following departments:

Representatives from other offices or academic departments are included as needed. Your information will be reviewed by the BCT and options for appropriate action will be discussed and implemented.

The BCT meets weekly throughout the regular academic year and on an emergency basis as deemed necessary. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss situations brought to the team by campus faculty, staff and administrators seeking guidance on students who exhibit behavior that is of concern or disruptive. The team listens to concerns and offers information available to address the problem. The discussions are intended to inform team members about any emerging trends on campus and to facilitate the coordination of campus resources to best help these students of concern. These cases are reviewed weekly as changes occur.

Students in Distress: Who do you call?

If you feel uncertain how to handle a given situation, please contact the following resources:

Concerns

As a faculty or staff member, you may at some point become concerned about a student’s behavior. It is not always easy to discern the difference between inappropriate behavior and behavior that could signal a more significant problem. A student who exhibits any of the following behaviors may warrant further attention:

  • Suddenly stops attending class
  • Academic performance drops off considerably
  • Demonstrates a loss of interest in normal activities or avoid friends
  • Changes in appearance (e.g., a sudden, drastic weight loss or weight gain, blood shot eyes or disheveled grooming)
  • Demonstrates alarming changes in personality (e.g., suddenly interrupting others in class or acting out in an inappropriate manner or acting overly silly or crying in class)
  • Appears angry and aggressive or the opposite, suddenly becomes sullen and withdrawn
  • Appears or reports feeling increasingly sad or tired
  • Talks about a significant loss (a death, divorce or end of a relationship)
  • Talks about being in a relationship that appears to be abusive without realizing that such a relationship may not be normal or healthy
  • Speaks or acts in an odd manner
  • Communicates that life is not worth living, either written or verbal, and that he or she has considered suicide
  • Indicates verbally or in writing that he or she wants to harm someone

These behaviors can occur in class, at a campus event, in an advising session or anywhere on campus.