ICC seeks community help in early intervention

FULTON – A group of Itawamba Community College administrators is seeking community support in its efforts to help students and staff members
The college soon will have a form on its website allowing community members to report inappropriate or suspicious student or staff behavior.
That information will be evaluated by the school’s six-member behavior intervention team.
“The more eyes we have on things, the better we can assist,” said Brad Boggs, ICC’s director of student affairs and the leader of the behavior intervention team.
That team is designed to prevent safety, physical and mental health issues. Team members meet twice a month and discuss reports they’ve received about various concerns.
The goal is not to be disciplinary but to intervene and deal with issues before they grow larger. Team members may speak with a student or staff member about problems that others have noticed.
“Behaviors or signs that may be leading to some type of undesirable behavior need to be identified early,” said ICC Vice President of Student Services Buddy Collins. “We want to identify potential problems and intervene before it becomes a problem.”
In addition to Boggs and Collins, team members are Police Chief Ricky Brasel, Director of Housing Teddy Bouchillon and psychology instructors Ric Chandler and Vickie Cochran.
The group currently reviews reports it receives from instructors, as well as from housing and campus police. Community members already can report crime anonymously by using the “Silent Witness” link of the home page of the college’s website, www.iccms.edu.
By using the behavior intervention link that soon will be available online, they will also be able to report inappropriate, suspicious and disruptive behavior, as well as actual or potential self-injuries and changes in behavior.
The form will ask respondents to provide contact information so team members can ask follow-up questions. That information and the respondents’ identities will remain confidential.
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Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal