Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) Protocol
BIT has developed a protocol to ensure that concerning student behavior, mental health issues or incidents are addressed consistently.*
- All students and employees should consider it their responsibility to report concerning behaviors for the safety and well-being of the student and campus community.**
- Emergencies must be reported to 636-922-8545 (DPS) or 911. BIT will be dispatched if needed. A BIT Incident Report can be completed by clicking Student Concern Form. Non-emergencies may also be reported by calling the BIT message line at 636-922-8111. Messages and reports will be retrieved periodically during regular business hours.
- All reports should be made to BIT and the direct supervisor.
- 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.
- When determining what is reportable, err on the side of over-reporting. Please refer to Identifying At-Risk Students for more information. While an isolated event may appear minor, other similar incidents occurring in close proximity may indicate a pattern of concerning behavior. Access the student code of conduct and college policies.
- BIT will determine which member(s) will assess the incident report and determine actions consistent with college policy.
- Assessment may include:
- Confirming to reporting parties that the report was received.
- Clarifying details.
- Interviewing the involved individual(s).
- Initial actions may include:
- Referring student to support services.
- Facilitating meeting between concerned parties.
- Contacting individuals such as parents, guardians, friends, and faculty.
- Part of this protocol is an assessment of whether such notifications are legally permitted, and whether such notifications could be helpful or harmful to the intervention and to risk management priorities.
- Referral to Dean of Students or designee.
- Mandating psychological assessment.
- Voluntary/involuntary removal from campus.
- Referral to Department of Public Safety
- Student(s) demonstrating an imminent threat to harm should be referred immediately to the Department of Public Safety.
- Follow-up actions may include:
- Establishing return criteria with the Dean of Students.
- Coordinating supportive services.
- Establishing behavioral expectations.
- Confirming continuity of care.
- Accept and comply with actions determined by BIT.
- Appeal actions, via written response, to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
- Non-compliance with actions determined by BIT (This will result in referral to the Dean of Students for disciplinary sanctions.) See Student Conduct
*Post assessment, any potential disciplinary sanction will be addressed.
**Reports from staff covered by confidentiality may be shared anonymously or confidentially, unless the report indicates a threat for which confidentiality may be breached (imminent threat to self or other identified individuals).
- Anonymously refers to omitting from the report the name of the person who holds the privilege (or the names of any other person about whom the reporter gains information via a confidential relationship).
- Confidentially refers to the option for the reporting employee to withhold their identity from the report.