CIRT: Critical Incident Response Team
The Kansas State University Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) assesses and coordinates the response to significant campus situations and events on the Manhattan campus. The CIRT assists the community and its members to return to a more normal state of functioning and suggests future preventative measures.
These events may include:
- student death or significant trauma
- serious student situations involving medical or psychological concerns
- campus threats or emergencies that directly affect the well-being of students and the campus community
Issues of inappropriate student conduct are referred to the Office of Student Life and the Student Judicial Program.
CIRT reports to the Dean of Student Life.
Method of Operation - Crisis or Threat
Step 3: The CIRT meets:
In the event the CIRT believes that it may be necessary to expel a student pursuant to the Threat Management Policy (PPM 3015), the following procedures will be followed:
1. The CIRT chair and at least one other administrator will use reasonable efforts to communicate with the student as soon as practicable, giving the student an opportunity to respond regarding the alleged conduct.
2. The CIRT chair will document the student's response regarding the alleged conduct. If the student does not respond, the CIRT chair will document the efforts made to obtain the student's response.
3. If the CIRT chair determines that expulsion is warranted, the student will be notified in writing as soon as possible.
4. A student wishing to appeal the CIRT chair's determination must do so by notifying the Dean of Students in writing within three (3) calendar days of receiving the determination. During the pendency of the appeal, the student and the University must follow the CIRT chair's determination, including any restrictions on the student's being on campus.
The Dean of Students will schedule a meeting to discuss the appeal as soon as practicable. Persons present at the meeting are limited to the student, one non-attorney representative for the student, one attorney representative for the student, the CIRT chair, the Dean of Students, and a University police or security officer. If the student brings an attorney representative, a member of the Office of General Counsel should be present. Representatives (including attorneys) are not permitted to speak during the meeting, other than to the person they are accompanying.
The Dean of Students will determine any other procedures, as circumstances may require.
Within seven (7) calendar days after the meeting, the Dean of Students will issue a written decision affirming, overturning, or modifying the CIRT chair's decision. The Dean of Students' decision is the final decision of the University.
5. Nothing in this procedure shall prohibit the University from taking action to alleviate a perceived immediate threat.
Step 4: Family and K-State community support:
Step 5: Post-event procedures:
CIRT is chaired by the Director of Student Life. Other core CIRT members include representatives from the student's College Dean’s Office, Counseling Services, K-State campus police, and the University Attorney. A larger group of response personnel from departments and units across campus collaborate with CIRT, as requested.
CIRT members, as administrative agents in an educational institution, adhere to the laws and standards governing the disclosure of information to third parties both within and external to the University. Such information is disclosed only on an administrative need-to-know basis and only according to the relevant statutes that govern such disclosure.