How to Make a Report
Everyone is highly encouraged to report any and all concerns you have about others (both students and non-students) to the BRT, and anyone can submit a report (students, employees, parents, alumni, community members). The preferred method for non-emergency reporting is the Red Flag/BRT online report site. This is a secure method of reporting. It has the added benefit of asking for specific information that is helpful for the BRT when following up on your concerns.
For extreme distress, and concerns for immediate safety, contact KSU Public Safety immediately at 470-578-6666.
When in doubt, REPORT! Many roles at the university legally require reporting of concerns to university officials and submitting a BRT report satisfies that requirement. It is always better to be cautious and help someone in need than fail to act and risk crisis.
Examples of items to report to the BRT:
- Thoughts/statements about suicide or other self-injurious behaviors
- Behaviors that are threatening or have the potential to harm others
- Behaviors that appear abnormal and/or disruptive for that particular environment
- Writings, emails, online posts, texts, etc. that communicate dangerous intentions to self or others
- Noticeable and dramatic changes in routine behaviors, patterns and/or appearance (such as suddenly missing classes, significant grade decline, declining personal hygiene)
- Attending class or other activities under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Paranoia and blaming others for personal problems
- Extreme lack of emotional response, unusually distant or despondent
- Excessive emotional displays given the circumstances
- Excessively disruptive in class or other activities
After A Report is Submitted:
After submitting a report, a member of the BRT will follow up with you to address any additional questions or concerns. The BRT will review the case and determine the most appropriate response on a case by case basis given the totality of information available to the BRT at the time. Responses can vary from supportive outreach to the individual to make the person aware of resources, making a referral to an appropriate university office for further action, or continued monitoring. Any action taken by the BRT is done collaboratively and under the auspices of the appropriate office or professionals with the underlying intention of creating a culture of safety, support and care.