The BETA team is a committee that was designed as a resource to try to identify troubling behavior and address it before it escalates to something more serious. Experience shows that tragedies affecting college campuses (for example the Virginia Tech tragedy) are often preceded by warning signs or patterns of behavior. Early communication and intervention may help to prevent an escalation of behaviors to critical levels. Therefore, report any behavior that is troubling or makes you concerned. It is better to be safe than sorry: if you have a "gut feeling" that something is not quite right, report it. If a member of the Richland community (student, staff, or faculty) behaves in a way that is disruptive or poses a potential threat to any aspect of our community, such behaviors should be reported to the BETA team. All concerns requiring immediate attention (potentially criminal activity, violent, threatening, or imminent suicidal behavior) must first be directed to Decatur Police Department (9-1-1 or 217-424-2711).