The RUBIT Protocol was established to provide clear parameters regarding campus incidents that warrant attention. There are three key categories:
- Self-injurious behavior (i.e., suicidal ideation/attempt, cutting behavior, dangerous alcohol/substance consumption, etc.)
- Disruptive behavior that violates campus community safety (i.e., homicidal threats, stalking, assault, email/Blackboard bullying, carrying weapons, etc.)
- Unusual behavior (i.e., changes in personality, depressive symptoms, shifts in mood, unexplained irritability and/or lethargy, hopelessness, etc.)
Once an incident is reported to the RUBIT, members of the Committee determine the appropriate steps to address the situation. This process is based on the severity of the concern, the ability of the person in question to engage in the resolution, and the circumstances of the situation.
The RUBIT utilizes a template, Mental Health Issues Response Guidelines, for addressing high-risk and low-risk concerns of both students and non-students.
Student, faculty or staff members who fail to comply with directives established by the RUBIT may be removed, temporarily or permanently, from the university for campus safety and student concern. In situations of elevated concern for campus safety, the student, faculty or staff member may be asked not to return to campus until certain criteria are met.
RUBIT is designed to protect the campus and is not a disciplinary tool, though discipline can result from actions giving rise to the RUBIT report, or other violations of campus policies.