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Student conduct review team assesses behavior, resolves issues

People gather outside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting early Friday morning, July 20, 2012. Police Chief Dan Oates says 14 people are dead following the shooting at the suburban Denver movie theater. He says 50 others were injured when gunfire erupted early Friday at the Aurora theater. Oates says a gunman appeared at the front of one of the Century 16 theaters.

People gather outside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting early Friday morning, July 20, 2012. Police Chief Dan Oates says 14 people are dead following the shooting at the suburban Denver movie theater. He says 50 others were injured when gunfire erupted early Friday at the Aurora theater. Oates says a gunman appeared at the front of one of the Century 16 theaters.

August 12, 2012

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Say you’re teaching a class at Kansas University, and you’re worried about a particular student.

Maybe a passage in a paper seems particularly dark or talks about suicide. Maybe someone notices a social media post that looks like a threat. Maybe a student unleashes a loud, verbal attack after receiving a failing grade. Where to call?

Definitely 864-4060, says Frank DeSalvo, associate vice provost for student affairs.

That will alert KU’s Student Conduct Review Team, a group of seven people who consider cases where students are exhibiting behavior that others may find alarming.

The group was formed in April 2008, about a year after a campus shooting at Virginia Tech University that left 33 people dead. DeSalvo, a member of the team, said the university wanted to pull together experts from a variety of areas of campus to get a sense about why certain behaviors might be occurring and the psychology behind them.

Andrew Shoemaker, associate director for KU’s Academic Achievement and Access Center, is another team member. He said that while many universities — such as Arizona State, where he worked before coming to KU — had these teams in place, many more formed after the Virginia Tech shooting.

“I think Virginia Tech probably opened the eyes to a lot of different campuses,” Shoemaker said.

A similar team at the University of Colorado considered the case of James Holmes, who now faces 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder after a shooting July 20 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.

In that instance, according to the ABC affiliate in Denver, the team took no further action after Holmes began the process of dropping out of school around the same time as the review.

At KU, DeSalvo said, responses can vary depending on what the team finds. Upon receiving a call that someone is worried about a student, DeSalvo said some initial inquiries are made before convening the entire group.

In some cases, students simply don’t know their behavior was improper, and the situation is quickly remedied, DeSalvo said.

“We tell them what they have done almost constitutes or about constitutes a threat, which is a criminal violation,” he said. “We just say don’t do it anymore and they comply. They don’t realize how close they came to committing a crime.”

Other instances involve relationships that need to be worked out, such as a potential stalking situation.

Rarely, a student is deemed to be an imminent danger to himself or others, DeSalvo said, and can be referred (involuntarily, in some cases) to the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. KU Police Capt. Schuyler Bailey is a member of the group, and can involve police if necessary, DeSalvo said.

Even if a student is no longer enrolled and is still a concern, DeSalvo said the group can ask police to drive by the student’s residence and at least see what’s going on.

“They’ll talk with them for awhile,” DeSalvo said. “They’ll get in there and at least see what kind of condition the apartment is in and what kind of condition the student is in.”

Shoemaker said each member of the team brings a different sort of specialty to the table when meeting with a student. His role, for example, is often to refer students with disabilities to a variety of services that can potentially assist with the situation, including offering note-takers, secluded testing rooms or other services.

“It’s not a disciplinary thing,” when the committee meets with a student, Shoemaker said. “It’s more, ‘We’ve heard some concerns. What can we do to help?’”

DeSalvo said calls are increasing as more people at KU hear about the service. In 2011, he fielded about 35 calls, some of which were situations that were resolved without involving the entire committee. And that’s OK, he said, as it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

“If you’re wondering about whether or not to call us, that’s the indicator to call us,” DeSalvo said.

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LadyJ 1 year, 8 months ago

Seems some of equal's remarks have been disappearded completely.

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 8 months ago

Equal, are the guy in th ewheelchair that goes around to all the businesses in town with your measuring tape and reports businesses whose sinks are a 1/2" to high?

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jaywalker 1 year, 8 months ago

Yes, I'd like to report a hijacking.........

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

Well equalaccessprivacy, it "is" a government institution filled with DRD4 Genies.

'What' do you expect?

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

Both equal and goodie in a single thread? How wild is it gonna get today? Stay tuned.

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goodcountrypeople 1 year, 8 months ago

It should raise red flags that a causal reading of this article seems to show so many ways that people in charge at KU do not understand or respect the law!! I'd like to see the KU administration get the pants sued off them. I sent the story of how I was abused at KU to the Lawless America. It will hopefully go into the congressional testimony. I had to file a complaint against the KU cops with the DOJ a few years back because they were so dishonest, incompetent, and abusive.

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gphawk89 1 year, 8 months ago

Time for a call to 864-4060. Wow.

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equalaccessprivacy 1 year, 8 months ago

Confidentiality plays big part in the ADA and laws that protect the rights of those who tend to get so mindlessly abused by the hundreds of local hicks who take a perverse jo in y offensively treating them as disabled and second-class citizens. Uninformed KU clowns like Frank DeSalvo seem to have big problems recognizing and honoring civil rights laws.

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equalaccessprivacy 1 year, 8 months ago

Trust the upstanding KU police to ignore search and seizure laws and strongarm their way into someone's apartment like Captain Sculyer says they will!! Great respect for privacy and the constitution. The 4th amendment does exist and is one of the few sane ways to keep the unwelcome street harassers of Lawrence out of one's presence.

KU people like Frank DeSalvo need to realize the role of self-identification in treating people as if they have a disability. It's actually illegal to treat people differently , and in more civilized states they don't. Helping first and foremost means respecting equal rights. Predators who offensively bother strangers they perceive to have physical limitations need a lot of help with their challenged brains!! Arrest these f-tards right away!!

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equalaccessprivacy 1 year, 8 months ago

Somebody stood up to the street harassers who 24/7 make thinking people dread the sidewalks of Lawrence? Call the student conduct team for sure!! Definitely, be a liar like so many KU cops seem to be and refuse to record allegations against the true criminals-- the ones who grab strangers and their belongings and offend them by approaching/ spouting off their mouths for bigoted reasons. Be the true bad faith Jayhawk you are! Lawrence is the absolute capital of hate!

It's a problem backwoods Kansans are raised up to mess with and aggress against strangers for discriminatory reasons! A bunch of sidewalk terrorists who give themselves way too much credit if they actually think they have the necessary smarts to help. First do no harm!! Ignorance frightens thinking people!! No one wants a stranger to carry their bags!! Please don't act so presumptuously . It's imperialistic. Trust me on that.

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equalaccessprivacy 1 year, 8 months ago

  • They are dishonest and show really poor judgment.
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