Behavior Assessment Team and Campus Safety — Spring 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

With the ongoing pandemic and now the increase in mass violence across our country, many of our students, employees and community members are facing unique challenges.

Faculty, staff and student safety is always a priority at Valencia, and the College will continue to work hard to ensure a safe environment across all campuses and offices. One way the College is achieving this is with Valencia’s Behavior Assessment Team (BAT).

Formed in 2011-12 as part of the College’s Emergency Response Plan, the team follows protocols to review threatening behavior, assess potential issues and take action to reduce risk for Valencia community members — faculty, staff, students and visitors alike.

The team is co-chaired by East Region Dean of Students Joe Sarrubbo and Chief of Security Mike Favorit. Other team members include deans of students; managing directors and directors of the Security department; Faculty Association representatives; counselor representatives; and Organizational Development and Human Resources representatives.

Members of the BAT meet regularly to discuss reported behaviors, share information and receive continual training on what to look for and how to appropriately respond to threatening behavior.

The BAT has created two online reporting forms, both available on Valencia’s safety, security and risk management webpage.

  • The Incident Reporting Form is for incidents that have occurred and have been observed by a person who is willing to identify him/herself and provide the details of the incident.
  • The Anonymous Reporting Form is for incidents that have occurred and have been observed by a person who would like to remain anonymous and provide the level of detail that is available at the time.

Reports from both forms are reviewed and acted upon as appropriate.

It’s absolutely crucial that everyone be aware of their surroundings and report any threatening behavior in order to keep all of us safe. To help with this, please register for the Response to an Active Threat (Run-Hide-Fight) training. This is a required training for all Valencia faculty and staff. To sign up for upcoming workshops of this training in the Valencia EDGE, click here.

And remember, if you see something, say something!

In the event of an imminently threatening situation, please call 911. You may also contact campus security by calling 407-582-1000, which connects you to the West Campus Security Office’s line that is now monitored and answered 24/7. Or, contact your campus security office by 407-299-5000 and the office’s respective extension (see below):

  • Advanced Manufacturing Training Center: extension 4000
  • District Office: extension 3000
  • East Campus: extension 2000
  • Lake Nona Campus: extension 7000
  • Osceola Campus: extension 4000
  • Poinciana Campus: extension 6500
  • School of Public Safety: extension 8000
  • UCF Police Substation (Downtown Campus only): 407-823-5555
  • West Campus: extension 1000
  • Winter Park Campus: extension 6000

And remember, if you haven’t yet downloaded the Valencia College Safety mobile app, do it today. This app allows users to simultaneously call and send their location to security in case of an emergency on Valencia campuses.

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