The goal of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to provide a pro-active and holistic approach to addressing behavior of concern in students. This reporting system facilitates communication and creates a quick response. Your report will be routed to a specific BIT member to prioritize and investigate. When appropriate, the BIT member will connect students with community resources and coordinate follow up. After electronically submitting your report, you will receive an email confirming receipt and case assignment.
All prior incidents relating to individual students are integrated in the system and help the BIT member with the investigation. In gathering information through interviews and finding other sources of information, the team member gains a better understanding of what occurred and can assess the risk involved more accurately as well as the necessary level of intervention.
The BIT has established guidelines to assist staff and faculty in determining when to make a referral. This list in not an all-inclusive list but will provide examples of specific situations which would warrant a referral.
Referral Guidelines May Include:
- Emotional Indicators
- Direct statements of distress, family problems or other difficulties
- Unprovoked anger or hostility
- Exaggerated personality traits: more withdrawn or more animated than usual
- Expressions of concern about a student by his/her peers
- A hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong
- Physical Indicators
- Deterioration of physical appearance
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Excessive fatigue
- Visible changes in weight
- Bleary-eyed, hung over or smelling of alcohol
- Safety Risk Indicators
- Any written note or verbal statement which has a sense of finality or a suicidal flavor
- Essays/papers which focus on despair, suicide, or death
- Statements to the effect that the student is “going away for a long time”
- Giving away of prized possessions
- Self-injuries or self-destructive behaviors
- Severe depressions