If you are in contact with a student who appears to be an immediate threat to his or her own safety or that of others, please call 911.
Crisis situations include:
• Stated intention to commit suicide or inflict serious harm to self
• Stated intention or obvious behavior that indicates an imminent threat to harm others
Non-emergency situations in which the student does not pose an immediate threat to self or others but exhibits behavior revealing a potential for harm may be referred to Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at 706-542-2273, the Office of the Dean of Students at 706-542-7774 or University Police at 706-542-2200.
BARC - Behavioral Assessment and Response Council
What is BARC?
The Behavioral Assessment & Response Council (BARC) is a group of key administrators who assess and determine the appropriate response to students who exhibit threatening behavior to themselves and/or others.
BARC Policies and Procedural Protocols (.pdf)
Responding to Student Needs (.pdf)
- Dr. William M. McDonald, Dean of Students, Chair
- Dr. Eric Atkinson, Assistant Vice President
- Dr. Jan Davis Barham, Associate Dean of Students
- Mr. Tim Kelly, Assistant Director, Office of Legal Affairs
- Dr. Beau Seagraves, Associate Dean of Students
- Dr. Ash Thompson, Interim Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), University Health Center
- Mr. Jimmy Williamson, Chief of University Police
- Other campus representatives may assist BARC on a case-by-case basis
BARC is empowered to take necessary steps in response to student behavior that presents a threat of harm to themselves, to other students and/or to other members of the UGA campus community. In addition to recommendations for appropriate actions under existing University policies and procedures, BARC has the authority to take the following steps to remove from campus any student who may present a direct threat of harm:
- Bar a student from campus, a portion of campus, and/or a specific building on campus for a specificed period of time consistent with applicable University of Georgia Police Department administrative procedures;
- Issue an interim suspension utilizing the procedures (see §V);
- Initiate the process for an administrative medical withdrawl for a student utilizing the procedures (see §VII); and/or
- Order a temporary restriction from attending class until the student undergoes a mandatory psychological assessment, and agrees to address any resulting treatment recommendations.
How can you assist BARC?
When contacting BARC about a student whom you believe has the potential to harm themselves or others, please provide as much information as possible. Information is critical. The more information we have, the better we can make a determination of whether the student poses a threat to himself/herself or others.