Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

St. Charles Community College is concerned about the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. SCC is committed to providing an environment where individuals are free to work, learn and teach, unencumbered and uninhibited by threats of intimidation or harm. To this end, the college has established the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). BIT is responsible for upholding college policies and procedures regarding student behavior.

BIT: Behavioral Intervention Team is a cross-functional assessment group that will respond to students in apparent/potential distress.

Mission Statement:  BIT provides proactive assistance to students who are exhibiting concerning behaviors, both to support students and assist faculty/staff.

Ethics of BIT

The ethics of BIT are to provide confidential, respectful, proactive support, while offering resources and balancing the educational needs of students with the mission of SCC.

Goals of BIT

  • Review information from faculty, staff, students and/or community members; conduct investigation to determine appropriate response.
  • Intervene early.  Provide support and response to students displaying varying levels of disruptive, disturbed or distressed behaviors.
  • Centralize collection and assessment of concerning student behaviors. ‘Connect the dots’ of disparate problematic actions involving one student that may be known to various faculty, staff and administrators.
  • Coordinate follow-up.  Ensure that services, support and resources are deployed effectively.
  • Utilize a formalized protocol of instructions for communication, coordination and intervention.
  • Balance FERPA, HIPAA and counselor privilege with college need-to-know and emergency communication needs.
  • Coordinate actions:  psychological assessment, conduct actions, disability services, hospitalization and/or medical leave/withdrawal, as needed.

As a result of growing national trends concerning mental health issues on college campuses, SCC created the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).  BIT has been charged with upholding policies and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for the college community.

BIT is not meant to take the place of standard classroom management techniques utilized by faculty.  Implementation of this team does not alter any existing discipline policies.  Rather, BIT centralizes the reporting of concerning student behavior, publicizes current policy and encourages early intervention.

BIT will utilize a database where real-time incident information will be submitted by college employees, students or other concerned individuals.  Incident reports will be reviewed daily (Monday-Friday).  The team will follow up promptly with the individual initiating the report to gather additional information.  In most cases, an interview will be arranged with the student of concern to determine appropriate actions.  Incident reports should be completed when someone observes incidents of concerning, aberrant, dangerous or threatening behavior.  Incident reports are available on the main BIT home page or can be called into 636-922-8111.

Behavior Definitions

  • Distressed Behavior:  Students who may be emotionally troubled and/or impacted by situational stressors and traumatic event(s).
  • Disturbed Behavior:  Students who may be behaviorally disruptive, acting in an unusual or bizarre fashion, may be destructive and harmful to self or others and may be abusing substances.
  • Dysregulated Behavior:  Students may be suicidal, para-suicidal (extreme cutting, eating disordered), engaging in risk taking behaviors (e.g. substance abusing), may be hostile, aggressive, relationally abusive and may be deficient in skills that regulate emotion, cognition, self, behavior and relationships.

Community Commitment

A long standing tradition at St. Charles Community College is a profound respect for the dignity of all students, faculty and staff and a deep concern for the larger community as well.

Building on this tradition, BIT strongly encourages the SCC extended community to utilize its referral services to better serve our students. By doing so, BIT seeks to balance the educational needs of the student and those of the greater campus community. The success of this process hinges on community commitment to reporting concerns. If you have any further questions or need to refer a student complete the Student Concern form or call 636-922-8111.