Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT)
Over the past few years, colleges and universities have seen a rise in the troubling events that have traumatized individual students and entire campuses. The most visible evidence of new levels of distress and psychological disturbances that exist in our communities includes student suicides, shootings, mental health issues, increasing hospitalizations, and deaths due to alcohol and drug consumption. While highly dramatic and tragic, these events are in fact rare and unpredictable. Nevertheless, our students deserve our concern and attention.
In response to these national trends, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has created the Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT). The UMES BAT is a group of administrators and professional staff from across the university brought together for their expertise in crisis management as well as addressing disruptive student behavior. The BAT’s approach to address crises and disruptive behavior is to balance the needs of the both the individual student and the UMES community. Therefore, our approach is to support students in a caring and holistic manner that is comprehensive and intrusive.
Incident Report Form