BCC's Behavior Intervention Team
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is comprised of campus responders that include Public Safety, Counseling, and Health Services. They meet weekly to discuss behavioral incidents and concerns occurring on campus, discuss, plan, and implement intervention strategies, and provide consultation to the VPSA regarding students who are at risk of harming themselves or others.
Members come to the team with experience in managing health, behavior and safety aspects of the Campus experience and may therefore spot trends and set up early intervention services as they evaluate behaviors from a variety of campus perspectives. The Team shall facilitate interventions; suggest referrals to appropriate offices, or mandate mental health assessments if necessary with the assistance of the VPSA.
The team provides an early intervention resource for BCC faculty, staff, and students to consult on student behaviors of: Distressing, disruptive or threatening behaviors of concern.
There are 4 categories of behavior which may require attention by the BIT.
Examples of behaviors that should be brought to the attention of the team:
To make a BIT referral, please contact Counseling Services in SS210 ext. 5210, or Public Safety at ext 5782, 5183. Referrals can be made via email, but it is best to have direct contact with a person if possible. If a situation requires immediate attention, please call 911 (9911 if using a campus telephone).
What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to the BIT process?
If you feel there is an immediate threat, call Public Safety at 607-778-5083. You will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact you (in case the BIT Committee has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
You are BIT's best resource because you may be familiar to the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is ok. In many cases, students will indicate that he/she could use some help and you can refer them to the BCC's Counseling Services at 607-778-5210.
What happens after I make the referral?
BIT team members evaluate the information and make a decision about whether the student should be assessed/interviewed. Reporting is the most critical step.
What happens to the student in the BIT process?
BIT provides students with confidential, respectful, proactive support, while offering resources and balancing the educational needs of students with the mission of BCC.
How do I know if a concerning behavior is a BIT issue, or is more appropriately handled by other campus resources?
You do not have to make this determination. The most critical step is that you report the concerning behavior by calling one of the following BIT members:
If another campus resource is more appropriate, BIT will refer the student and handle the transfer of information.