1. What does the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) do?
  • Using a collaborative approach, address concerning behaviors early and plan interventions that balance student support with campus safety.
  • Provide training and education to the campus community.
  1. What are my responsibilities as Faculty, Staff, and Administrators?
  • Immediately setting clear expectations for conduct
    Example: faculty include statement in syllabus regarding student conduct
  • Documenting each incident of disruptive behavior
  • Report incident to your Area Dean or Manager for further discussion and possible referral to BIT
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  1. When would I make a referral to the BIT?
  • Student’s behavior causes you concern that the student may pose a danger to self, others, or the college community.
  1. Should I approach the student first?
  • Whenever possible, you should express your concern directly to the student unless you are concerned for your safety and/or the safety of others.
  • If you feel the person might benefit from personal counseling, you can share your concern with the student and provide them with contact information for Student Health Services.
  1. When is a BIT Referral inappropriate?
  • When the behavior is best handled through typical classroom management techniques.
  • When it is clearly a case of student misconduct best handled through the usual channels (Dean, VPSS, Title IX Officer).
  • When the student does not appear to pose a danger to self or others but would benefit from being referred to personal counseling.
  • When a student is in need of community resources (i.e., housing, food, financial).
  • When the threatening behavior is immediate and direct call Campus Police at (209) 386-6600 and/or 911.
  1. Who can make a referral and how?
  • Faculty, staff, students or community members can make a referral to their area director or dean for review and discussion. If the student is a threat to themselves or another, immediately contact Campus Police at (209) 386-6600 or call 911.
  • The area director or dean will assess the situation and will determine appropriate referral to services or to the BIT.
  • The area director or dean will complete an online Behavioral Case Review Form at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?MercedCCD&layout_id=100
  1. How will I know when the situation has been addressed?
  • BIT will address every report that is brought to the committee and someone from the team will get back to the reporting party as soon as possible.
  • Intervention by BIT Members typically involves handling confidential information, so those who file a report will not necessarily know the entire resolution.
  1. What happens when a student is referred?
  • A report outlining the referral information is generated within Maxient, and is distributed to designated BIT members.
  • BIT members gather more information and make a plan for the student.
  • A BIT member will follow up with whoever gave the initial report within the limits of any confidential information.