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Oklahoma State University is committed to promoting and maintaining an environment where all students are able to participate in the educational process without compromising the safety, health, and welfare of themselves or others. To further this aim, the University has two teams of professionals, the Care Team and the Behavioral Consultation Team, to shape comprehensive support for OSU students experiencing significant challenges and difficulties. These groups are responsible for creating strategic, coordinated, and holistic action plans for individualized care for each student presented. 

Care Team

The focus of the Care Team is to take a proactive approach when identifying students who are in distress and provide them with resources, interventions (early), and referral agencies on campus or in the community. The role of this team is to help students who may be in distress or experiencing challenging or difficult life circumstances. 

Behavioral Consultation Team

The BCT is a specially trained group of professional staff members from several university departments with mental health, student development, law enforcement, academic, administrative, and legal expertise. The team gathers information from community reports and individual interactions, analyzes and evaluates threats and other concerning behavior using objective rubrics, tools, and assessments, and implements strategies for intervening and managing individuals who may pose a threat of harm. The team works with all parties involved to affect a safe campus environment. 


The overarching goal for the BCT at Oklahoma State University is to promote individual and community safety.  The campus-wide team does so through prevention and intervention efforts focused on identifying, assessing, and responding to behavioral concerns presenting a risk to the health or safety of the University or its members. 


Any member of the Oklahoma State University community who is concerned about a student’s behavior should immediately forward this information through the Care Report.

Phases of Operation

Prevention: Through concerted efforts in marketing and education, and by creating a culture of referrals regarding concerning behavior.


Intake & Data Gathering: Data is gathered through reports to the team, review of academic and student life records, and any other means deemed appropriate and necessary. 

Analysis: During meetings, the information gathered will be analyzed and action steps developed. The team will use objective risk and threat assessment tools.

Intervention: The team will, by way of the appropriate university office or official, investigate and respond to reported concerns by intervening to offer support and resources. The team may refer students to various campus resources. 

Follow-up: After an appropriate time, the team, by way of the appropriate university office or official, will follow up with these students in an effort to continue to gather information and analyze the next steps.  

Objective Risk and Threat Assessment Tools

The Care Team and the Behavioral Consultation Team utilized an objective risk rubric established by the National Association of Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). The NABITA risk rubric is a researched based expert system tool useful for the initial training of mental health concerns and the potential for threat. In addition to the NABITA Risk Rubric, there are four additional NABITA assessment tools are used for cases that align with the purpose of the assessments.


Dangerousness and violence, from a student, faculty, or staff member is difficult, if not impossible, to accurately predict. The NABITA risk rubric and assessments offer research-based techniques and theories to provide a foundational understanding and improved awareness of the potential risk. The training and tools should not be seen as a guarantee or offer any assurance that violence will be prevented. – National Association of Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment.

Team Members

Team members are available to take referrals or talk about a student of concern.

Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT)

The following individuals serve on the Behavioral Consultation Team.

Dr. Aleigha Mariott

Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Student Support - Chair

Dr. Doug Hallenbeck Vice President of Student Affairs
Scott Alexander Assistant Director of Student Support and Conduct
Dr. Joseph Dunnigan Associate Director of University Counseling Services

Candace Thrasher

Academic Affairs

Sergeant Kyle McCool

OSU Police Department

Clint Pratt, J.D. Associate General Counsel

Jack Henneha

University Health Services

Dr. Leon McClinton Director of Housing and Residential Life
Dr. Matt Lovern Associate Dean of the Graduate College
Dr. Clyde Wilson Associate Vice President of Institutional Diversity
Care Team

The following individuals serve on the Care Team.

Team Member

Area of Representation

Aleigha Mariott

Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Student Support - Chair

Alyssa Turner

University Health Services

Amy Martindale

College of Arts and Sciences

Britteny McClure

Student Support and Conduct – Case Manager

Candace Thrasher

Academic Affairs

Carol Challenger

University Counseling

Dan Link

University College

Doug Hallenbeck

Vice President for Student Affairs

Jawauna Harding


Jessica Ley

Student Support and Conduct – Case Manager

Johnny Robinson

Campus Life

Jose Uscanga-Aguirre

Ferguson College of Agriculture

Lance Millis

College of Engineering and Technology

LeAnne Hutchins

First Year Success

Marissa McIntyre

College of Business

Matt Lovern

Graduate College

Matt Williams

College of Education and Human Sciences

Paola Ortega Islas

Housing and Residential Life

Sam Morse

Honors College

Scott Alexander

Student Support and Conduct – Assistant Director


Student Accessibility Services

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