Administrative Actions to Campus Climate Issues
The OSU Healthy Campus Initiative seems like a rather ideal model with which to talk about his concept. The coordinating philosophy of the groups is to prepare for incidents and train and empower teams to respond effectively, document what is being done about specific incidents or issues on campus and help to restore a positive learning environment and uphold OSU’s education mission after an incident occurs. I have had the opportunity to sit in on several of the teams that make up the initiative and gain an understanding of how they all work together to address campus climate issues. The Critical Incident Response Team seeks to address issues concerning distressed and disruptive students as well as severe violations of the student conduct code, and/or state or federal laws. Here are my thoughts on what makes a great CIRT. The Bias Response Team seeks to prevent and respond to bias incidents on campus, while maintaining an understanding of students freedom of speech rights. The Suicide Awareness Task Force provides information to students and staff members about ways to recognize and respond to potential risks of suicide and also helps to respond to members of the community who attempt suicide and those in the community affected by attempts.
These teams were created by administrative action in order to deal with the changing dynamics of student issues with regards to overall health, wellness, and success as college students. Creating teams where staff and faculty members can share their expertise, report new and upcoming issues, and work to create lasting changes for the betterment of student success is a key administrative actions that will address campus climate issues appropriately.