Health, Safety, & Wellness
University Health & Safety Council
The University Health and Safety Council was formed in 2008 and is dedicated to safety and security of the University community, both on and off campus. The Council was established to oversee all of the organizations on-campus that offer help and resources with the mission of making the Appalachian community a safer place for everyone, regardless of whether you're a student or staff member.
The goals of the University Health & Safety Council are to provide mentoring and counseling (both mental and financial) to staff and faculty, particularly those who have experienced workplace violence, i.e. bullying, etc. They research and develop training programs as identified in the Campus Climate Survey for workplace violence and interpersonal violence that can be sustained on our campus, including the training of current employees who have expertise in these areas along with the implementation of national resources that can be obtained at a relatively low cost. They also establish a program that creates building emergency action teams in each academic and administrative building to help facilitate preparedness and response activities, as well as provide ongoing training opportunities for team members and building occupants.
There are several subcommittees within the University Health & Safety Council that serve as part of the Behavioral Intervention Team System to collaborate during assessments and interventions.
University Health and Safety Council Subcommittees
Early Intervention Team (EIT)
1st level of the Behavioral Intervention Team System
The Early Intervention Team (opens in a new tab) addresses lower level student concerns. The Team’s main function is to meet with students who are showing signs of difficulty with university life and connect them to support and resources to help them be well and academically successful. EIT is a faculty and staff-led entity, with consultation from Counseling and Psychological Services (opens in a new tab), the Student Wellness Center (opens in a new tab), the Insitute for Health and Human Services (opens in a new tab), the Student Learning Center (opens in a new tab), the University College Academic Advising and Orientation Center (opens in a new tab) and a number of other units and campus personnel.
Campus Awareness Response and Education (CARE) Team
2nd level in the Behavioral Intervention Team System
The CARE Team addresses upper level student concerns. The Team’s main function is to provide students that are navigating significant challenges with the support and resources available to them to help them be safe, well, and academically successful. The CARE Team is a group of committed professionals with representation from Student Affairs, Academic Affairs (opens in a new tab), Business Affairs (opens in a new tab), and Enrollment Management (opens in a new tab). For additonal resources about CARE, see Case Management (opens in a new tab) and the Office of the Dean of Students (opens in a new tab).
Threat Assessment Team
3rd level in the Behavioral Intervention Team System
This team, led by the Appalachian Police Department (opens in a new tab), addresses imminent safety concerns to the campus community. This team is convened on a case-by-case basis, and is comprised of professionals from across campus.