Dalton State is dedicated to creating an educational climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. Dalton State's mission includes a commitment to providing excellence in a learning environment, appropriate academic and student support services, and a process of continuous improvement in all aspects of its operations through the use of inclusive, participatory planning and meaningful assessment.
The Incident Review Committee, in collaboration with the Emergency Management Committee, supports the mission of the college by reviewing and responding to incidents of aberrant, dangerous, or threatening behavior that involve members of the campus community.
- To establish and oversee protocols and procedures necessary for responding to campus, local, and national events.
- To act as an assessment team whose duty is to review referrals and incidents involving students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the team will respond by engaging campus resources and protocols for the protection and safety of the campus and local community. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Talking to the individual being referred, the individuals making the referral(s), and any other identified witness(es);
- Developing an action plan with suggestions, guidelines, and/or conditions for remaining as a contributing member of the campus community;
- Notifying parents or other guardians according to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act guidelines and provisions;
- Requesting permission to receive medical and educational records;
- Checking with law enforcement personnel and agencies to ascertain whether there have been previous interactions with the legal system;
- Talking with roommates, faculty, and/or staff;
- Making referrals to the Dalton State College Disciplinary Committee;
- Making referrals to law enforcement and/or community resources;
- Withdrawing a student, either voluntarily or involuntarily, until such a time that the student demonstrates he or she is no longer a risk to self or others according to campus regulations and the Student Code of Conduct.
- To educate the campus community on issues relevant to recognizing and responding to critical incidents that can occur on the campus or impact the campus community.
- To provide support to the Emergency Management Committee (when requested and as directed by the Emergency Management Committee) during distressing and critical situations.
- To use critical incidents, when appropriate, as meaningful contexts to raise awareness, facilitate campus communication, and effectively respond to the emotional needs of those adversely impacted by a traumatic event.
The Incident Review Committee has been established to assist in addressing situations where students, faculty, staff, or others are displaying dangerous, disruptive, threatening, or concerning behaviors that potentially impede their own or others’ ability to function successfully or safely within the college environs. The IRC acts as an assessment team whose duty is to review reports and incidents involving the campus community. This committee will investigate referrals, link at-risk individuals with campus and community resources for support, develop protocols for the protection and safety of the campus community, and educate the campus community on topics relevant to responding to incidents of a critical nature.
Faculty, staff, and students have the responsibility to report immediately any situation, incident, or occurrence that involves a member(s) of the campus community who is exhibiting specific behaviors that result in another member of the campus community being alarmed, distressed and/or disturbed, or has the potential to produce significant anxiety, fear, shock, or grief to other individuals.
Reporting incidents or behavior to the IRC should not be confused with crisis management. A crisis may be defined as any situation where a person poses an immediate risk of harm or violence to self or others. Public Safety should always be called in crisis situations. Call Public Safety at 706-272-4461.
The IRC membership consists of College personnel with student affairs, law enforcement/tactical, threat assessment/mental health, and social services expertise. The committee may also consult on an as-needed basis with other individuals such as faculty members, human resources staff, etc., who have relevant expertise and knowledge.
The IRC differs from the Disciplinary Committee in that the Disciplinary Committee is charged with hearing violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The IRC assists with supporting a safer campus environment and will evaluate and respond to reports of disturbing behavior that may, or may not be, violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
To complete the Incident Review Reporting Form:
• Access the PDF file online here
• Print and fill out the form.
• Seal the form in an envelope and mark CONFIDENTIAL.
• Send through campus mail or deliver to: Jodi Johnson, Enrollment Services
For additional assistance, contact: odi Johnson 706-272-4436 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Once submitted, the report will automatically become part of the electronic database used for active assessment of persons of concern and to generate report data. The report will be forwarded for review to an IRC subcommittee consisting of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, the IRC chair, and the Director of Public Safety. The subcommittee will conduct a preliminary investigation and, if appropriate, convene the IRC. The preliminary investigation may include:
- Review of the IRC database;
- Review of the student’s disciplinary record;
- Interviews to determine corroborating evidence;
- Other relevant information as deemed appropriate to ensure the safety of the College community.
The IRC will meet regularly and on an as-needed basis to review reports brought forward by faculty, staff, and students. IRC meetings will include a briefing on the preliminary investigation; review of documentation, interviews, and other relevant information; general discussion; and recommendations by the committee. The committee may recommend, but is not limited to, any of the following:
- Expulsion, suspension, or termination of employment
- Filing of criminal charges
- Ongoing monitoring for follow-up and observation of behavior patterns
- Placing student/employee in the custody of the proper authority
- Notification, within FERPA guidelines, of parents, guardians, and/or next-of-kin
- Development of an action plan outlining conditions of continued inclusion in, or return to, the campus community. This plan may include requiring an external psychological evaluation of the individual in question
Includes but is not limited to:
- Speech or writing that is threatening, violent, or disturbing in content
- Physical or verbal aggression
- Anger problems
- Suicidal/Homicidal thoughts/ideation
- Acting out
- Fascination with weapons
- Interest in previous school shootings
- Victim/martyr self-concept
- Unusual interest in police, military, terrorist activities and materials
- Disruptive behavior
- Any observed behavior or verifiable information that causes significant concern
What to report to Counseling Services
- Suicidal/homicidal thoughts/ideation
- Anxiousness, depression, feeling overwhelmed
- Speaking, writing, or behaviors that seem bizarre
- Use of drugs and/or alcohol
- Test or math anxiety
- Self-harming behaviors
- Distressed behavior