OTCCares is a set of resources that have been established to protect the health and safety of our community at OTC. Maintaining a safe environment allows students to focus on their education and get the most out of their time at the college. To learn more about OTCCares, please click on the image above to watch an informative video.
The BIT is designed to reach out to students who seem to be hurting or struggling and to help maintain a safe campus by intervening when potential red flag behaviors are identified. Reporting the issues of concern can assist the BIT in connecting students with the appropriate resources.
Being a college student presents a host of challenges. Sometimes those challenges can result in a student needing help in difficult times. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) at OTC works with students who need assistance with issues ranging from class absenteeism to threats of self-harm or harm to others.
You can help keep OTC safe. Recognize. Respond. Refer. Report.
Types of Behaviors to Report
- Repeated Classroom Disruption (after classroom management techniques have been exhausted)
- Yelling or Being Excessively Loud
- Distracting to Other Students
- Refusing to Leave or Cooperate
- Destruction of Property
- Not Complying with Instructions
- Under the Influence of Substances
- Aggressive, Threatening or Violent Words/Actions
- Acts of Physical Aggression
- Threats of Violence
- Expressions of Anger/Agitation/Inability to Cope
- Mention of Violence as a Way to sSlve Problems
- Hostility, Lack of Empathy
- Aggressive Statements/Threats through Social Media Sites (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.)
- Acts Motivated by Hatred or Discrimination
- Harassment or Bullying
- Articulation of Depression, Hopelessness or Harm
- Bringing Weapons to Campus (e.g. gun on person or in automobile, knife larger than 2.5 inches)
- Writings that Convey Clear Intentions to Harm Self or Others
- Observed Self-injurious Behavior (cutting, burning, etc.)
- Excessive Class Absenteeism
- Excessive Hygiene Concerns
- Reports of Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault
- Extreme Changes in Personality
- Suicidal Behaviors, Including Threats (“I am going to kill myself.”), Gestures (giving away belongings, etc.), Ideation (“I’ve always thought about killing myself.”) and attempts
- Escalating Low-level Behaviors
If you have concerns about a student, click the icon above to fill out a confidential incident report. You may choose to remain anonymous. Based on what the BIT finds, struggling students will have the option to receive free counseling. In some cases, no response may be necessary, or an immediate intervention might be called for.
In an emergency situation, call 417-447-6911.
Counseling Services provides numerous supportive services including confidential, in-person and distance mental-health counseling for a variety of issues such as test anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, grief, and stress management. Our staff also provides classroom presentations and prevention outreach events on a variety of mental-health and wellness topics.
DSS works to encourage an environment in which individuals are viewed on the basis of ability, not disability. They provide accommodations, advising and counseling services, and resources for instructors of students with disabilities.
The Office of the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs works with students, faculty and staff in matters related to advocacy for any student in distress, student conduct violations, grievances and student development. The office is also responsible for administering the college’s policies and procedures regarding student conduct and non-academic grievances.
The Office of the Dean of Student Development is responsible for the offices of Career Services, International Programs and Veteran & Military Services as well as the Veterans Upward Bound grant program. In addition we provide bystander intervention training to students, faculty and staff, as well as online interpersonal violence prevention training for students in compliance with federal guidelines. Our goal is to provide services to unique student populations (i.e. international exchange students and veterans), assist students with career and vocational goals, and facilitate programs and training necessary for the retention, safety and success of the entire student body.
The Office of Equity and Compliance works to encourage an environment in which individuals feel supported and safe from harassment. They provide advocacy, accommodations, advising and support services for students, as well as resources for faculty and staff.