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Division of Student Life and Enrollment

Critical Incident Response Team

Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is responsible for crisis intervention, victim advocacy, and response assistance in the event of a campus or community emergency. The team will endeavor to effectively mitigate the impact of traumatic events impacting individuals within the ETSU community. The goal is to assist people in effectively coping with traumatic events  and return to normal functioning. 

The Division of Student Life and Engagment and/or the Counseling Center is responsible for activating and assembling the CIRT members. The number of members utilized will be dependent on the nature and severity of the incident. With smaller scale emergencies, a team of two or three members may be sufficient. For larger scale emergencies, the entire team may be mobilized. When the CIRT is activated, there will always be at least one mental health professional serving on the team and coordinating the intervention. All members will participate in ongoing crisis intervention training provided by the Red Cross.

Types of Events

CIRT responds to events that may be psychologically traumatic to members of the campus community. The more individuals who are impacted the more team members who will be needed. Typically, the team will only be activated in circumstances that impact a group of people. The following are examples of the type of events to which CIRT might respond:


  • Death of a student, faculty, or staff member
  • Death by suicide of a student, faculty, or staff member
  • Traumatic injury such a a student being injured in a car accident
  • A student is hit by a car. Several students witness the event and are upset
  • Large scale crisis such as September 11th or a residence hall fire 

CIRT Team Unit Membership

  • Campus Ministries
  • Counseling Center
  • Counseling Faculty
  • Social Work Faculty
  • Psychology Faculty
  • Health Clinic
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