(Source: the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org)
Answering "yes" to any of these questions may indicate that a student is distressed and needs help.
Dependent on circumstance, contacting BCAL may not always result in intervention/action; however, the report will be documented and serves as an additional resource if the concerning behavior continues. Conversely, a caller to the BCAL line may be unaware, due to privacy laws, of all history pertaining to the individual for whom they are calling about – thus the BCAL team reserves the right to conduct an intervention even if the caller does not feel one is warranted.
If there is any uncertainty as to whether a call for assistance should be made, PLEASE CALL. On-campus resources are available to assist you in navigating through difficult situations
In the event that behaviors rise to a level of concern in which a collaborative response is deemed necessary, pre-established teams, comprised of key personnel from various campus entities, are convened to address issues related to students, faculty, and staff.
The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the university's response to the majority of critical student-related incidents. Critical incidents can include interpersonal violence/sexual assault, student death, residential displacement, situations involving students studying abroad, as well as violent crimes. The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) strives to provide an immediate and effective response to these incidents, collaborate seamlessly with all entities involved with the critical incident, and improve the quality of students' lives at UT Austin.
The Critical Incident Response Team is comprised of representatives from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students, Division of Housing and Food Service, Office of the President, Counseling and Mental Health Center, University Health Services, International Office, Office of Public Affairs, and University Police Department. This campus-wide team can be activated at any time to respond to local, national, and/or international critical incidents affecting UT Austin students.
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