Emergency/Critical issues teams and individuals
Pacific Alert Team
The Pacific Alert Team (PAT) is the University’s crisis response team. It is designed to strengthen the protection of lives and property during major emergency events on any of the three campuses within the University of the Pacific and to assist students, faculty and staff members when faced with personal emergencies on a University of the Pacific campus and/or within the community.
The following principles will guide the response of the University of the Pacific to any emergency facing the institution or members of its community:
- Concern for students, employees, and the local community
- Quick Response
- Protection of University property
- Restoration of normal operations to the University
- Effective communication to appropriate groups
- Preparation for emergencies
Each member of the Pacific Alert Team has been trained through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The team has monthly training meetings where critical issues that affect higher education institutions nationally are discussed along with issues that are specific to the Pacific community. The team attends two simulation training exercises each year to meet the requirements of the Department of Education. These exercises range from fires, hazardous waste, active shooter and a variety of other potential disaster situations. They are done in conjunction with the community first responders to ensure proper communication between the teams.
Behavioral Intervention Team
As a result of growing national trends on college campuses of mental health issues and the increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to alcohol consumption, University of the Pacific created the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). In order to promote the safety and health of its students, the BIT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include mental health and/or safety issues. Students who qualify for a Behavioral Intervention Team referral demonstrate one or more behaviors above.
The Behavioral Intervention Team consists of a group of qualified and dedicated Pacific professionals whose mission is to:
- Balance the individual needs of the student and those of the greater campus community
- Provide a structured positive method for addressing student behaviors that impact the University community and may involve mental health and/or safety issues
- Manage each case individually
- Initiate appropriate intervention without resorting to punitive measures
- Eliminate "fragmented care"
If you would like alert the Behavioral Intervention Team about a potential issue with a student, please contact the Office of Student Life at 209.946.2365.
Building Team Leaders
Each facility on Pacific's Stockton campus has a designated Building Team Leader(s). Each leader is trained on how to respond to various emergencies and may be asked to carry out certain roles during an emergency (i.e. building evacuation, facility emergency "lock-down", etc.). Each Team Leader is expected be familiar with the PAT Plan and prepared to carry out his/her responsibilities during any emergency and provide the appropriate training to the faculty and staff in his/her building. The Pacific Alert Team is responsible for coordinating the emergency operation of the School through Public Safety. For more information on whom your Building Team Leader is, please contact Public Safety at 209.946.2537.
Counseling Services for Students
Students often face a variety of challenges. If students need someone to talk to about issues they are facing, Pacific's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to help. Student referrals may be made to Counseling Services by calling 209.946.2315, extension #2. For more information on the services offered through Counseling Services, please visit the Counseling Services website.
Employee Assistance Program
Employees may also face many challenges. Pacific faculty and staff have the benefit of personalized and confidential counseling through the Employee Assistance Program. To learn more about this service and/or receive assistance, please contact 877.595.5281.
For students, faculty, or staff who may need spiritual assistance, the University Multi-faith Chaplain is available by contacting the Morris Chapel at 209.946.2821.