Behavior Intervention Team

Mission:

The mission of the Behavior Intervention Team is to provide a proactive and supportive multidisciplinary team approach to provide a timely intervention resource for students, faculty and staff in order to address student behavioral issues and promote student academic success and safety through appropriate and timely response promotes safety on campus.  The BIT is a recommending body to the Dean of Students Services Office.  All Disciplinary decisions remain under the auspices of the Dean of Students Office*.

*See A&R 5520

Purpose:

  • Provide a structured, positive method for addressing student behaviors that negatively impact either the student or the college community.
  • Manage each case individually while addressing mental health, academic, or safety concerns.
  • Initiate appropriate intervention without necessarily resorting to punitive measures.
  • Eliminate fragmented interventions.

Tips for Recognizing Troubled Students

Students encounter challenges for a variety of reasons. Academics, family problems, social situations, work, and financial concerns are just some of the sources of stress. While most students cope successfully with the demands of college life, for some the pressures become overwhelming and unmanageable. Mental health problems take many different forms and vary greatly in severity. At one time or another everyone feels upset or distressed. However, there are three levels of student distress which, when present over a period of time, suggest that the problems are more than the "normal" ones.

Level 1

  • Changes in academic performance in the classroom
  • Significant drop in exmination scores
  • Change in pattern of interaction
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Problems concentrating and remembering things or making decisions 
    • What Can You Do To help

      • Talk to the student in private when you both have time
      • Express your concern in non-judgemental terms
      • Consider making a BIT referral

Level 2

  • Repeated request for special consideration
  • New or regularly occurring behavior which pushes the limits and may interfere with class management or be disruptive to other students, faculty or staff
  • Unusual or exaggerated emotional responses
  • Persistent sadness or unexplained crying
  • High levels of irritability or inappropriate excitement
    • What You Can Do To Help

      • Talk to the student in private when you both have time
      • Express your concern in non-judgemental terms
      • Identify options available to the student
      • Respect the student's value system
      • Ask if the student is considering suicide
      • Make a BIT referral

Level 3

  • Highly disturbed behavior 
  • Outbursts of anger
  • Inability to communicate clearly
  • Irrational conversation or speech that seems disconnected
  • Loss of contact with reality (seeing/hearing things that are not there, beliefs or actions at odds with reality)
  • Suspiciousness, irrational feelings of persecution
  • Statements related to death or dying or feelings of hopelessness
  • Threats of harming self or harming others
    • What can you do to help
      • Stay calm
      • Find someone to stay with the student if possible
      • Call Campus Police at 442-8201

Disruptive Student Behavior Form

Instructional Faculty: click here to refer students enrolled in your course

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