We are the BCT

The University of Minnesota's Twin Cities Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT) provides a coordinated response to incidents arising from students who may represent a threat of harm to themselves or others. Membership includes staff from several departments across the University with administrative, psychological, academic and legal expertise. The team operates within FERPA/HIPAA requirements.

Student care escalation process - UMNTC

On the Twin Cities campus, there is an escalation of care to support students, as well as faculty and staff that are interacting with students of concern. 

This level of care is designed to provide support as behavior escalates. 

1. Care Team/Behavioral Consultation Team

The Student Affairs Care Team (CT) is the central repository for instructor and staff concerns related to student health, safety and concerning behaviors.  The CT staff is responsible for reviewing and triaging incoming referrals, gathering information, consulting with reporting parties, and engaging campus partners with a goal of determining interventions to support student well-being. The CT is supported by campus student support professionals. Weekly meetings with the smaller CT are convened to review and discuss student cases. Monthly meetings convene Care Team liaisons to review statistics and trends. This team does not address concerns of harm to others. If those concerns arise, the case will be referred for threat assessment escalation.  


Conveners: Care Managers 

Core CT Membership:

  • Boynton Mental Health
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Education Abroad Mental Health
  • Housing and Residential Life
  • International Student and Scholar Services (if Int’l student case)
  • Office for Community Standards
  • Office of the General Counsel (advisory only)
  • Student Counseling Service
  • University of Minnesota Police Department


Meeting frequency: Weekly on Tuesday during the academic year


Reporting Line: Assistant Vice Provost for Student Advocacy and support, up to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students


2) Student Threat Assessment Escalation

If Care Managers believe there is a level of threat present beyond their current scope of practice, the Sr. Care Manager will notify the AVP for Student Advocacy and Support. The AVP will reach out to the employee threat assessment team (ETAT) for support, review, and escalation. 


Convener: AVP for Student Advocacy and Support on an as needed basis


  • AVP for Student Advocacy and Support
  • Sr. Care Manager
  • Other members of the Care/BCT team from above (as needed)
  • Forensic Psychologist (Dr. Kienlen)
  • Disability Resource Center 
  • Office for Human Resources
  • University of Minnesota Police Department
  • Office for General Counsel


 The following steps will be taken:

  • Gather contextual information to understand pattern of behavior
  • Do a background check (UMPD)
  • Utilize WAVR-21 in certain cases
  • Based on the circumstances of the case, make decisions about how to move forward
  • Work on a safety plan for those that are impacted.

Contact Us

Staff are monitoring email and phone messages. Our goal is to respond within 24 hours M-F 8:30a-4p.

Behavioral Consultation Team

[email protected]

Online Referral Form

Please note: The BCT is NOT a crisis line. We will respond to calls/referrals as quickly as possible but if the situation is an emergency, please call 911.