Friday – August 01, 2014

 

Speak Up for Safety!
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Speak Up for Safety! is Milwaukee Area Technical College's campaign to create a safe environment on all MATC campuses.  All members of the MATC community - students, faculty, staff - play an important role in creating and maintaining a safe environment that supports learning and working.

In situations of imminent danger or immediate threat to persons or property, contact MATC Public Safety at 76200.
From off campus, call 414-297-6200 to reach MATC Public Safety.

How can I make a report? 
All members of the MATC community are encouraged to report observations of behavior or communications of concern via the online Maxient Incident Report form in situations of non-imminent danger. 

Reports may be filed anonymously, but students and employees are encouraged to provide contact information for follow-up purposes.

What should be reported?
Examples of behaviors that should be reported include:
  • Aggressive, disruptive, disturbing, destructive or intimidating behaviors 
  • Suicidal thoughts, writing and behavior (cutting, etc.) 
  • Sudden changes in academic performance or personal appearance (inability to care for oneself)
  • Excessive use of alcohol or drugs that results in repeated impairment
  • Changing patterns in interactions, communications or discussion, or class participation
  • Illegal activity (theft, fraud, domestic violence, drug activity, etc.)
  • Unsafe facility conditions (non-working emergency telephones; chemical/biological hazards; wet/loose surfaces; exposed electrical equipment, etc.) 
Behavior that can be interpreted as a threat to self, others or property should be reported immediately to Public Safety. 

Reports will be evaluated based upon defined criteria for further action or continued monitoring. One function of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to provide a centralized source of information concerning behaviors that are problematic, so that patterns of student behavior may be identified. Any behavior that causes concern may be reported to BIT, no matter how small and even if the reporter lacks direct knowledge of what occurred.

MATC's Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is one resource that MATC utilizes to promote a safe learning and working environment. The BIT is a multi-disciplinary team established by the Vice President of Student Services. MATC’s BIT includes Student Services leadership, counselors and staff from Student Accommodations, Public Safety and Student Life. 

The BIT works to provide a safe, violence-free and productive community by monitoring student behaviors of concern and coordinating early interventions when warranted. As incidents are reported, the BIT evaluates information, investigates reports, assesses situations, and creates plans of action, including monitoring and targeting referrals for assistance. In some cases, the BIT may recommend disciplinary action outlined by the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook. A primary goal of the BIT is to identify patterns of behavior early and intervene as necessary to prevent escalation of the behavior and reduce the risk of violence on campus.

How can I contact the BIT?
All members of the MATC community are encouraged to report observations of student behavior or communications of concern via the online Maxient Incident Report form in situations of non-imminent danger.

Mental Wellness Guide

MentalWellnessGuideWhether you are right out of high school or returning to the classroom after years or decades, college is both exciting and challenging. At Milwaukee Area Technical College, we expect you to show up for classes and do your best to fulfill your academic and occupational goals. We expect you to make sure you’re getting enough rest, exercise and healthy food.

What we don’t expect is for you to do it alone. If you find yourself struggling with the subject matter in a particular class, you have many options. You can talk to your instructor, reach out to a classmate, or go to the Tutoring Center. If you are dealing with other issues – such as stress, depression, abuse, mental illness or are concerned about a classmate, family member or friend – you also have options.

This guide provides information on how to address your own or someone else’s mental health crisis. It also offers a brief description of stress, some coping strategies, a list of college and community resources, and websites with detailed information.

This guide was developed as part of a grant funded by the Charles E. Kubly Foundation.

Mental Wellness Guide - English (pdf) 

Mental Wellness Guide - Spanish (pdf)

Mental Wellness Guide - Hmong (pdf)