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Behavior Evaluation Response Team

BERT Crisis Prevention Process: Identify Concern, Evaluate, Respond, then Resolve

Concerned with behavior on campus? Submit a B.E.R.T. Alert

Purpose Statement: The purpose of BERT is to encourage a proactive, confidential collaboration with relevant professionals to address student behavior to prevent escalation.

Charter Sponsor: President’s Cabinet

Charter Contact: Vice President, Student Affairs

Timeline: Standing



  • Vice President, Student Affairs (chair)
  • Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs or designee
  • Associate Dean, Athletics and Physical Education
  • Associate Dean of Student & Residence Life
  • Associate Dean, Student Development & Transitions
  • Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Chief, Department of Public Safety or designee
  • Director & Chief Conduct Officer, Civic Responsibilities
  • Director, Campus Services – Rome Campus
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, Counseling Department
  • Director, C3 & Office of Accessibility Resources
  • Coordinator, Health Center & College Nurse



Create an opportunity and expectation for College employees to be aware of and report student behavior that is concerning.

Maintain an online reporting system
Communicate the process for making a BERT report at the beginning and mid-point of each semester as reminders.Communicate to all full-time, part-time and adjunct employees the location for making a BERT report, noted below:
Proactively identify student behavior to effect appropriate and preventative strategies for the mutual benefit of the student and the campus.Meet weekly to discuss
Develop action step plans to address the patterns of behavior.Assign the action steps to workgroup members for follow through
Communicate back to the original person making the report pertinent information that assures that action has been taken without violating the student’s confidentiality.Communicate



  • Discuss BERT cases outside of the BERT team with the exception of communicating back to the original person making the report about the general status of the report.



  • Keep the College mission front and center
  • Think about what’s best for the individual student and the campus as a whole
  • Seek to understand and recognize there are multiple perspectives to each issue


Revised March 2016