Student of Concern


Documenting your concerns to others with the appropriate department can help you determine how to respond (for example, by referring a student for counseling, BIRT, Early Alert, informing the Dean of Students or consulting with FSW Public Safety), and provide additional context for the situation.

Something which may be difficult to interpret in isolation may take on a different level of importance when seen in light of other documented incidents (whether documented by you at other points in time, or documented by others who work with the individual in different contexts).

Some individuals will exhibit behaviors that interfere with their academic, career or personal success, but are not likely to indicate a risk to life and safety.

What to do: Often you can help students exhibiting concerning behaviors by asking some basic questions, listening, providing the student with information and making referrals to campus resources to help them. You can take proactive steps to help a student follow through and make contact while still letting the decision to seek help reside with the student. If the student does not seem to be responding to your guidance, you may report students of concern through one of the following avenues:

Behavior Intervention and Recommendation Team

BIRT addresses student behavioral concerns that are inconsistent with the College’s mission. The members of this team act with a common purpose to address critical student behavioral or mental health concerns through review of situations/incidents, information gathering and sharing, and providing recommendations to ensure the safety and educational success of the student. The BIRT does not replace other classroom management or disciplinary processes nor does it address student behaviors that require immediate health, police or mental health attention.

The success of this process hinges on the College’s commitment to reporting concerns about potential threat of violence or concerning behavior.

For more information please visit http://www.fsw.edu/birt.

Conduct Violations, Campus Dean

The Dean is a general resource for all students and will advocate for students when appropriate. Staff in the Dean’s office assists in establishing standards of conduct as well as disseminating and enforcing college rules, regulations, and policies.

FSW is committed to maintaining a civil environment that fosters learning and personal development. All members of the Florida SouthWestern State College community are responsible for their own behavior and are expected to be familiar with the rules and regulations of the College pertaining to academic affairs, social conduct, and student activities. Students are expected to uphold appropriate standards of behavior and to respect the rights of others.

When a faculty or staff members witnesses any act or behavior by a student which tends to interfere with or otherwise disrupts the orderly conduct, process, function, and/or interests of the College and determines the act or behavior is possibly a violation of the Student Code of Conduct then it should be reported to the Dean. The faculty or staff member will then send a Conduct Referral Form within 5 business days.

For more information on Conduct Violations please review the Student Rights and Responsibility Section of the Catalog http://www.fsw.edu/academics/catalog.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe, secure, and orderly environment in which learning, working, and administrative operations of the College have the opportunity to excel.

The safety of our campuses is a cooperative effort of students, faculty, staff and visitors and all of us must assume responsibility for our own personal safety as well as the protection of our personal and college property.

The Department of Public Safety strongly encourages anyone having witnessed a crime or suspicious behavior to make a report.

For more information please visit http://www.fsw.edu/publicsafety.

Early Alert

Early Alert is an intervention system designed to identify, reach out, and provide support to students who are experiencing challenges or having difficulty with their coursework. The Early Alert program is a collaborative effort among faculty, staff, and administrators with the goal of increased student retention and success. The success of this process hinges on the College’s commitment to reporting concerns.

If you have students in your class who are in jeopardy of not succeeding or in need of additional support, please visit http://www.fsw.edu/earlyalert to learn more.

Academic Misconduct

Florida SouthWestern State College recognizes that adherence to high principles of academic integrity is vital to the academic function of the College. Therefore, the entire academic community shares the responsibility for establishing and maintaining standards of academic integrity.

When a faculty member determines that a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy has occurred, the faculty member will notify the student of the offense.

The following actions may be taken by faculty for students in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy:

  1. Referral to the appropriate support service
  2. Assignment of a reduced grade on the plagiarized academic exercise
  3. Assignment of a final letter grade/reduction for the course
  4. Assignment of an “F” for the course

The faculty member will then send an Academic Misconduct Report, for tracking purposes, to the Chief Student Affairs Officer on the appropriate campus within 10 business days after the date in which the faculty member identifies the violation. The Academic Misconduct Report will document the circumstances surrounding the accusation and any adjustment to a grade or other action recommended by the faculty member.

Students that are found to be in repeat violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will be referred to the Student Conduct Board to determine the appropriate Sanctions (see the Student Code of Conduct for more information regarding the conduct procedure).

For more information on the Academic Integrity Policy please review the Student Rights and Responsibility Section of the Catalog http://www.fsw.edu/academics/catalog.


Tip: Always ask questions from a place of understanding and objectivity, listen, give basic advice and report any concerning information through the appropriate campus resource listed above.