Students of Concern Advisory Team (SOCAT)

Address
3rd Floor, Place Riel, University of Saskatchewan

About

The Students of Concern Advisory Team is a campus wide multidisciplinary team of student service professionals from across campus. The team is committed to the safety and wellbeing of students and the wider university campus community. The team is a resource to the campus community through consultation and support. Additionally, the team provides an objective, supportive, collaborative, and coordinated response to the identification, assessment, intervention, and management of situations involving a student where the student’s safety and/or wellbeing may be at risk.

SOCAT Membership

  • Coordinator: Student Affairs Case Manager - Tracy Spencer 
  • Chair: Director Support Services - Peter Hedley
  • Protective Services
  • Residence Services
  • Student Counselling Services
  • Disability Services for Students
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Central

Ad hoc members are invited dependent on the level of concern and intervention required. Ad hoc members may include: Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning, Senior Administrative leaders, Associate Deans, Chaplains, representatives from Human resources, International Student and Study Aboard Centre, and Aboriginal Student Centre. SOCAT consults with many units on campus including academic advisors and huskie athletics.

How to refer

Referrals to SOCAT are managed through the Student Affairs Case Management office. Contact the Student Affairs Case Manager – Tracy Spencer by telephone (306) 966-5757 or via email at tracy.spencer@usask.ca or SOCAT@usask.ca

Upon receipt of a referral, the Student Affairs Case Manager (SOCAT Coordinator) will assess the situation and determine if the situation requires a SOCAT consultation and/or intervention.  Some situations can be managed by the Student Affairs Case Management office while others may be best supported by other services on campus. 

SOCAT and Confidentially

The Students of Concern Advisory Team (SOCAT) will take reasonable steps to maintain the privacy of those who make a referral to SOCAT, if requested. If the circumstances don’t allow privacy to be maintained, this will be discussed with the person making the referral.

All members are required to sign a conficentiality agreement.

Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA)

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A collaborative, data driven, multidisciplinary approach and response to assessing and responding to violence potential.

Each member of the Students of Concern Advisory Team (SOCAT) are trained in level I and II by the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma response.

For questions about the VTRA process, please contact Tracy Spencer, Student Affairs Case Manager.

Staff

Tracy Spencer
Student Affairs Case Manager