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Stewards of Safety

Campus community,

A new school year brings another opportunity to share information with the campus that may be helpful in the event of crisis, emergency or other circumstances that could cause concern. The University has established a Student Behavioral Intervention (SBI) team to address many of these situations and help ensure the safety and well-being of our students and community. The SBI consists of staff members from across campus who coordinate the University’s response to potentially violent, threatening or significantly disruptive student behavior, in accordance with the Emergency Response Manual.

Anyone who is concerned about student behavior that disrupts the normal functioning of the University community or that potentially poses a threat to the student or others should not hesitate to bring this behavior to the attention of the SBI team.

Examples of behavior that may cause concern include, but are not limited to, a student who is troubled, confused, very sad, highly anxious or irritable; who lacks motivation and/or concentration; who has thoughts about not wanting to live; who has difficulties in interactions with others; and who demonstrates bizarre behavior or communications.

Issues or situations of concern may be brought to the attention of the SBI team by completing the student of concern referral form, which can be found at, or by contacting the Student Affairs Response Team (SART) at Staff members follow up on every report.

Any imminent threat to someone’s personal safety or any emergency in progress should be reported immediately by calling 911 or Campus Security at x2222 (on-campus phone) or 419-772-2222 (non-campus phone). Examples of threatening or emergency situations may include, but are not limited to, verbal or physical threats to harm others, active threats of suicide and resistance to help, aggression, loss of contact with reality, highly disruptive behavior, and failure to comply with corrective feedback.

In addition to the resources listed above, staff members in the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Residence Life, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, the Office of the University Chaplain, the Office of Student Conduct, and the Office of Multicultural Development stand ready to address questions, comments or concerns. When in doubt or during evening and weekend hours, please contact Campus Security for an immediate response.

While Ohio Northern is a safe environment in which to learn and work, we must all be stewards of that safety and do all we can to ensure a safe and successful school year.

Thank you.