The Consultation and Assessment Team (CAT) is an informal consultation team that reports to the Chief Student Life and Retention Officer. Permanent members include Chief Student Life and Retention Officer, Contract Psychologist or designee from New Directions, Disability Specialist, Housing Director (if student lives on campus), Public Safety Officer, and Legal Affairs designee as legal counsel when appropriate. Other members, including colleagues from Ashland College of Nursing or NC State College, may be invited as necessary and appropriate, including when such colleagues have legitimate educational interests or when their participation is necessary to protect health and safety in connection with an emergency. If additional consultation services are required, the CAT from the Columbus Campus will be consulted. Their members include: the Director of Counseling and Consultation Service (Chair), OSU Police designee, Director of Student Judicial Affairs, ADA Coordinator’s Office designee, and Office of Legal Affairs designee as legal counsel. Consultation meetings are held at the request of OSU faculty, staff, or students who are concerned about a student’s behavior that may be dangerous to self or others or is extremely disruptive. Meetings consist of the core members, legal counsel (when necessary), and the faculty, staff, and/or students impacted by the behavior.
The team will develop and recommend a coordinated plan of action to manage the situation that accounts for the community safety, individual student rights, and preservation of the learning, living, and working environment. CAT considerations include assessment of the potential for violence, strategies to contain disruption, resource availability and referral for the perceived core problem, accommodation that may be required by law, and setting appropriate behavioral boundaries within the existing policies and procedures. If appropriate and as deemed necessary, the team may recommend enactment of one of the following Faculty rules:
Communication links will be established to keep relevant parties informed of unfolding events and resolutions. A team member will be designated to follow each case to resolution.
Faculty and staff may contact the person below who seems the most appropriate for the situation. That person may resolve the situation with an individual consultation within the scope of their unit or they may suggest a Case Consultation and Assessment Team Meeting.
Tessa Bianchi, M.A., P.C.
Blake Wagner, Ph.D., Contract Psychologist
419-529-9941 or 419-571-1678 (emergency #)
Jeff Hoffer, Public Safety Supervisor
419-755-4210 or 4218
Michelle McLane, Disability Specialist
Donna L. Hight, Ph.D., Chief Student Life and Retention Officer