Red Flag Reporting
Kennesaw State University seeks to foster a climate of safety that can only be accomplished with cooperation from everyone in the community. To facilitate the sharing of information, a Behavioral Reporting System has been implemented that allows students, faculty, and staff to report observed behavior that warrants concern. Such behaviors are often referred to as “red flags” because we know that harmful acts, either suicidal or towards others, rarely occur without raising concern in others in the individual’s life.
NOTE: If this is an emergency and there is an immediate threat call the KSU Police (770) 423-6666 or dial 911. Submissions through the reporting form are not constantly monitored; therefore, the reporting form is never to be used for emergencies.
Examples of when to use the Behavior Reporting Form
- Thinking/talking about suicide or other self-injurious behaviors
- Behaviors that are threatening or have the potential to harm others
- Abnormal and/or disorganized behavior that disrupts the normal functioning of the campus environment
- Writings that communicate dangerous intentions to self or others
- Threatening online postings
- Noticeable and dramatic changes in day to day behavior (e.g., suddenly begins missing classes, grades significantly drop, declining personal care)
- Attending classes under the influence
- Paranoia (e.g., blames others in the class for his/her problems)
- Extreme lack of emotional responsiveness
- Displays emotions that are excessive for the circumstances
- Disrupting class
- Who can refer someone?
A referral can be made by ANYONE (e.g., students, parents, faculty, staff) who feels a student is dangerous to his/her self or others in the community.
- What do I do if I know someone who may need to be referred?
- Any time you feel that there is an immediate threat, call the KSU Police at 770-423-6666 or 911.
- To make a referral, use the Red Flag Reporting System located http://www.kennesaw.edu/sss/triage.php. You will be asked to provide information about the person being referred, about how to get in contact with you in case there are any follow-up questions, and about the behaviors that prompted the referral.
- Many students who are experiencing distress will voluntarily get help if someone they know suggests they need it. If you feel comfortable, share your concern with the individual and refer them to Counseling and Psychological Services (http://www.kennesaw.edu/studentsuccessservices/cps/; or call 770-423-6600).
- What happens after someone is referred?
The response is determined on a case by case basis, often with input from a multidisciplinary team of individuals from across campus (e.g., Strategic Security & Safety, Counseling and Psychological Services, Residence Life, Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, Health Clinic) that meets regularly to discuss referrals. The information you provide will be used to decide if the student should have an assessment or be referred to another campus service unit.
Remember, the most important part of the prevention process is reporting.
- What will happen to the person who is referred?
If the team concludes that a student needs to be assessed, he or she will be contacted and instructed to contact Counseling and Psychological Services to set up an evaluation. The type of evaluation and amount of additional assessment sessions will be determined on a case by case basis. After the assessment, recommendations will be made that take into account both the best interests of the referred party and the KSU community.
- How do I know if I should make a referral or just call Counseling and Psychological Services?
You do not need to make this decision. Simply fill out the referral form and the information you provide will be used to determine what campus resources are most appropriate for handling the situation and someone will help the student get connected with that resource.