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Frequently Asked Questions - Staff

What is the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)?

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a tool to assist in providing a safe academic environment for faculty, staff and students. Representing a cross section of college departments, the BIT is not punitive and is not a disciplinary board but rather serves as the central point of contact for threat assessments. The team responds to reports of disruptive, problematic or concerning behavior or misconduct; conducts an investigation; performs a threat assessment; and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification and response. The team then deploys college resources and resources of the community and coordinates follow-up. The team also identifies patterns of concerns for a student or group of students across all campuses.

When do I refer students to the BIT?

If danger is imminent, always call Security, 694-6649 or 9-911.

 

If you are concerned about a potentially risky or dangerous behavior by a person to him/herself or others, you can contact the BIT. Some examples include:

  • Extreme verbal or written harassment or threats;
  • Extremes, or changes in, appearance such as looking disheveled, disoriented, extreme low energy or apathetic;
  • Disturbing writings or talking about suicide, violence in their past or future, obsessions with harming or violence;
  • Signs of paranoia or making references that are not germane to the topic or not related to the situational context;
  • Under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

 

What happens after I contact the BIT?

The team responds to reports of disruptive, problematic or concerning behavior or misconduct, conducts an investigation, performs a threat assessment, and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification and response. The team then deploys college resources and/or resources of the community and coordinates follow-up. The team also identifies patterns of concerns for a student or group of students across all campuses. It is helpful to provide written documentation and evidence such as emails, messages, etc. when contacting the BIT.

Can I remain anonymous when reporting someone to the BIT?

Anonymous reports will be investigated as best as possible given the information provided. However, it is vital that the BIT be able to communicate and follow up with the person reporting should additional information be needed to complete the assessment. Contact the dean of students or director of safety and security if you have concerns about confidentiality.

 

What can I do if a student is raging at me?

Stay calm and do not raise your voice to their level. Look the person in the eye and say, “I understand that you are upset/angry. I want to help you but it’s not okay with me that you are _____ (state the specific objectionable behavior, e.g. yelling, cursing, interrupting, etc.) If you’ll _____ (be specific in stating an appropriate behavior, e.g. lower your voice, stop cursing, interrupting, etc.) we can discuss the situation and work to find a solution. If you don’t you will need to leave or I will call security.”

 

What will happen to a student when I refer him/her to the dean of students?

The goal of a behavior intervention is for the student to identify his/her purpose for being in college; accept responsibility for his/her inappropriate behavior, be accountable to the community for his/her actions and choose different behavior/s so that the student can be successful in college. Often an educational sanction will be imposed that will assist the student to be a contributing and productive member of the college community.

 

For policy 04:02:00 violations pertaining to student conduct, the student will be notified of the alleged violation and given the opportunity to decide how the case will be adjudicated. If the student is found to be in violation, appropriate sanctions will be imposed. Refer to Disciplinary Sanctions Policy 04:02:00. for a complete list of sanctions.

 

When and how do I refer students to the counseling office?

Counselors welcome the opportunity to consult with faculty and staff anytime about student issues or concerns. When making a referral, please review the Counseling Services website for suggestions. 

 

When and how do I document an incident?

Written documentation includes description of what happened, what was said, when it happened, who was involved, and what action was taken. Write objectively and give a factual accounting of what happened in a non-judgmental manner. It is important to refrain from inserting personal analysis, opinions or conclusions about the student’s character. See Student Conduct Resources section for examples.

What should I do if I feel threatened or intimidated by a student’s behavior?

If danger is imminent, always call Security, 694-6649 or 9-911.

A warning is not necessary before directing a student to leave if the student is engaging in violent or unsafe behavior – throwing books, coming to class intoxicated, or threatening physical harm, etc. If the student does not leave, dismiss class and call security. Document the incident and report it to the BIT.

 

What should I do if a student complains to me about another student stalking or harassing him/her?

Questions or concerns about harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, age or status as a covered veteran should be directed to the executive director, Human Resources and Affirmative Action, 694-6607.

 

What should I do if a student complains that a college employee is sexually harassing him or her?

Questions or concerns about harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, age or status as a covered veteran should be directed to the executive director, Human Resources and Affirmative Action, 694-6607.

 

What should I do if a student disrupts the learning environment in an online class?

The same standards of the classroom environment apply to the online classroom. See Resources section for examples. 

What should I do if a student sends me an inappropriate or offensive email or text message?

Tell the student specifically what about the message was inappropriate/ unacceptable and that if it continues, the student will be reported to the dean of students for disciplinary action. You could use this as a teachable moment and educate the student as to what is appropriate in the online environment. Retain copies of the offensive message and your response.