What is the Behavioral Intervention Team?
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multidisciplinary proactive campus behavioral intervention team committed to maintaining the overall safety of the campus community. BIT is designed to provide a method for communication, assessment, early intervention and management of behaviors exhibited by individuals of the College community that could pose a threat to the health, safety and wellbeing of the campus community. This process provides the College community with a tool and conduit with which to alert campus officials of their concerns about a student’s behavior.
The BIT serves as a centralized coordinating body focused on addressing the needs of students who are experiencing significant behavioral disturbances or have engaged in harmful or disruptive behaviors. The BIT has been created to:
- Identify individuals of concern, gather and assess information from faculty, staff, and students, and intervene early.
- Provide guidance to faculty, staff, administration and students in assisting individuals of concern.
- Assess potential disruptions, levels of threat and risk and determine the most appropriate response to ensure safety for the individual and the campus community. The team will use the NaBITA Risk Assessment Tool to determine if a threat or risk exists and will develop an appropriate plan of action.
- Connect individuals with needed campus and community resources; monitor ongoing behavior of students of concern.
- Coordinate follow-up. Ensure that services, support, and resources are deployed effectively.
- Serve as the centralized reporting place for information that addresses a spectrum of risks from a position of care and concern.
The BIT is composed of representatives from critical areas of the campus community and includes:
- Director of Campus Safety and Community Standards, chair
- Vice President of Student Affairs
- Dean of Student Success
- Disability Services Counselor
- Faculty Member
As Needed Members
In addition, the Team may call upon others, as needed, to share unique perspectives of the individual in crisis.
BIT Referral Protocol
The BIT will meet every two weeks to address new issues or updates. When a report is deemed urgent the team or a subset of the team will meet immediately to develop a plan of action.
Anyone can report a concern about an individual. Faculty, staff, administrators, students and community members are encouraged to use the Behavioral Incident Report on the College website or contact the Director of Campus Safety and Community Standards at 336-249-8186 ext. 6130 and/or any member of the BIT. Click here to submit a report on the advocate system page.
- A report is submitted through the Behavioral Incident Report and immediately enters a secure database. Automated notification is sent to Director of Campus Safety& Community Standards.
- Director of Campus Safety & Community Standards reviews report and decides how to respond, and whether the BIT needs to meet immediately. If the review identifies a need for immediate BIT intervention, the BIT will be called to evaluate level of risk using a NaBITA Risk Assessment Tool (Appendix A) and develop a course of action.
To thoroughly evaluate a report and determine a course of action, the Director of Campus Safety & Community Standards and/or BIT will interview
- the reporting party,
- the individual alleged to have displayed inappropriate/concerning behavior,
- individuals identified as potential targets of inappropriate/concerning behavior, and
- other individuals relevant to the situation,
and may request and review the following information:
- the student’s academic and disciplinary history,
- information from law enforcement regarding student’s criminal history, and
- information from prior colleges that student has attended.
The individual of concern is notified in writing of a BIT or Code of Conduct investigation. Feedback to the reporting party throughout the process is provided when appropriate and in keeping with FERPA laws addressing confidentiality.
Note: This process follows formalized due process guidelines listed in The College’s General Catalog and Student Handbook.
Once the BIT has gathered information and conducted a full assessment, the following courses of action may be determined:
- No action recommended, pending further observation or monitoring.
- Code of Conduct violation is determined and due process is initiated.
Note: If the code of conduct process results in a decision to expel the student, DCCC may notify the local sheriff’s department.
- Assist faculty, staff, or students in developing an action plan to manage the concerning behaviors.
- Refer the student to existing on-campus or community support resources.
- Recommend the student use a medical withdrawal from classes.
- Require the student to administratively withdraw from classes for a defined period of time.
- Once a student leaves the College for mental health reasons, his/her return may be contingent upon the recommendation of a health professional or other criteria. A health professional recommendation should indicate whether or not the student is able to handle the stressors of a learning environment and will be considered along with any additional documentation attesting to the readiness of the student’s return to campus.
The individual of concern is notified in writing of the results of a BIT or Code of Conduct investigation which includes procedures for appealing decisions.
The BIT will regularly update the College President regarding investigations.
- Accept and comply with actions determined by BIT.
- Appeal actions following the College’s General Complaint Policy.
- Non-compliance with actions determined by BIT (results in referral for disciplinary action, which could result in suspension).
- Establish and follow a plan for monitoring student.
- Reporting party is notified of outcomes, when appropriate and with regard to FERPA regulations.
- Coordinate support services for victims if needed.
- When a student wishes to return to campus
- Request the student to complete an Application for Readmission and follow the readmission process.
The Behavioral Intervention Team Model works within all current College policies.
Identifying At-Risk Students
The following is a guideline for determining the severity of the behavior situations.
- Consistent disruptive behavior
- Excessive use of profanity
- Lack of cooperation when request are made
- Negative attitude toward the rules
- Inappropriate display of anger
- Hostile or aggressive behavior
- Review behavioral expectations with student; if this does not work, file a Behavioral Incident Report on College website.
- Overt, covert, or indirect threats.
- Expressed desire to do harm to others or attempts to instigate fights
- Open defiance of the rules.
- Inability to communicate clearly (garbled, slurred speech, disjointed thoughts).
- Loss of contact with reality (seeing/hearing things that are not there, beliefs or actions at odds with reality).
- Expressed suicidal thoughts or threats.
- Emotionally erratic, physically acting out of anger.
- Comments about having weapons or stories of harming others.
- Aggressive, or hostile verbalizations or correspondence (long ranting emails. texting, voicemail, social media, etc.).
- Belief that others are conspiring against them or persecuting them; seen as an injustice
- Frequent state of alcohol or drug intoxication (i.e., bleary-eyed, hung-over, smelling of alcohol).
- Make referral to BIT through Care Report on College website for a response plan.
- Clear intent to harm
- Physical assault
- Intense anger and/or threatening behaviors
- Overt threats to kill
- Showing a weapon
- Overt suicide thoughts (suicide is a current option)
- Violent notes or written references to violence sent to others
- Stalking or harassment of a faculty member or student
- Call Campus Police
- Make referral to BIT through Behavioral Incident Report on College website for a response plan
Academic Signs of Risk
- Deterioration in quality/quantity of work.
- A negative change in classroom performance.
- Excessive absences, especially if the student has previously demonstrated consistent attendance.
- Unusual or marked changed patterns of interaction, i.e., avoidance of participation, excessive domination of class discussions, etc.
- Continual seeking of special provisions (e.g., late papers, extensions, postponed exams, and projects).
- Make referral to BIT through Behavioral Incident Report on College website for a response plan.