Student Intervention Team

The Graduate Center Student Intervention Team (GCSIT) supports a healthy and safe on-campus environment by assisting students whose behavior is worrisome or disruptive. 

Any member of the college community can reach out to the GC Student Intervention Team to report a concern about a student through our on-line reporting form or by calling a the Student Affairs Office at x 7400. The GCSIT will review the report and take appropriate action. Reports may be made confidentially.

In case of an emergency, call Security and Public Safety at x7777

How to refer students you are concerned about:

  • Students showing worrisome, aberrant, or concerning behavior, who are not readily, appropriately, or effectively approachable for help or advice by faculty, staff or students, should be reported to the GC Student Intervention Team by using the web report form or by calling at x7020. Further steps may be indicated in these cases.  See Guide to Action for more details. 
  • Students showing signs of difficulty who can be approached directly by concerned others (faculty, staff or other students) may be referred to the Wellness Center (Room 6422, x 7020), the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs (Room 7301, x7400), or the Ombuds (Room 7313, x7191). See Guide to Action for more details.

False and malicious reporting is unacceptable and will be investigated.

GCSIT Guide to Action

Note: Regardless of the situation, contact any of the offices listed for support or information.

Students are disturbing when their behavior is dangerous, frightening, or disruptive; or is damaging or threatening to themselves or others.

A.  If the situation is urgent: a student is:

  • Threatening the safety of self or others
  • Acting in frightening or threatening manner
  • Not leaving the classroom after being asked to leave
  • Reporting or initiating a threat or bomb scare
  • Deliberately interferes with instruction
  • Behaving lewdly or indecently
  • Breaching the peace/intoxicated

Action Required
Immediately report worrisome/disturbing behavior
Call Security and Public Safety at x7777
 
 
B.  If the situation is disturbing but not urgent: the student:

  • Does something significantly out of character
  • Acts peculiar and causes alarm
  • Displays unhealthy or dangerous patterns of behavior
  • Substantially impairs, interferes with, or obstructs orderly processes and functions of the University

Action Required
Report worrisome/Disturbing behavior
Graduate Center Intervention Team
at x7400     
Complete online GCSIT Concerned Person Report

Students who are showing signs of distress, such as depression, anxiety, or performance below their accustomed or expected level are considered distressing. These students are typically approachable by faculty or others, and can be guided to find appropriate help; they may ask for help directly. Call Student Counseling Services (x7020) for assistance in approaching such students if needed.

Counseling and Referral Situations

A.  If the student exhibits the following behaviors:

  • Communication indicates loss of touch with reality
  • Communication reflect suicidal thoughts or actions,
  • Victim of sexual assault, relationship violence
  • Student is anxious and distressed

Action Required
Refer to Student Counseling Services
212-817-7020
Room 6422
 
 
B.  If the Student exhibits the following behavior:

  • Has not attended class for an extended period of time
  • Is overwhelmed by a problem with the university
  • Is debilitated or overwhelmed by family emergency

Action Required
Refer to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
212-817-7400
Room 7301
studentaffairs@gc.cuny.edu
 

Chair of the GC Student Intervention Team

Team Members

John Flaherty

Director, Public Safety and Security

Robert Hatcher

Director, Wellness Center; Adjunct Professor, Psychology