The goal of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to serve as a resource team to students that are in need of support beyond academics. The BIT is able to link students with resources in the community to provide needed assistance. Common areas of support include shelter/housing, counseling, and psychiatric assistance, among others. The BIT also provides a proactive and holistic approach to addressing concerning behaviors in students. In these situations, the idea is to intervene and provide support before these students develop more serious problems such as attempts to commit suicide or violent actions against others.
All students reported to BIT are integrated in our reporting system (Maxient). This system allows BIT members to view a student’s entire record with the college to include any prior reports that have been made. This information allows BIT members to have a more comprehensive picture when working with each referred student. When a report is filed, BIT members will investigate the situation, assess the level of risk, and provide the necessary level of intervention. The BIT team works closely with the Dean of Students to ensure appropriate student outreach and follow up.
In order to connect a student with BIT, staff/faculty should complete the ‘Concerning Behavior/Student Intervention’ online form. Your report will be routed to a specific BIT member to prioritize and investigate. After electronically submitting your report, you will receive an email confirming receipt of the report. A BIT member may follow up with you if additional information is needed. If you are reluctant to complete an online form due to the urgency of the matter, please contact the Dean of Students office at 240-500-2526.
The Behavioral Intervention Team has established guidelines to assist faculty in determining when to make a referral. This list is not an all-inclusive list but will provide examples of specific situations which would warrant a referral.
Referral Guidelines May Include:
- Direct statements of distress, family problems or other difficulties
- Unprovoked anger or hostility
- Exaggerated personality traits: more withdrawn or more animated than usual
- Expressions of concern about a student by his/her peers
- A hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong
- Deterioration of physical appearance
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Excessive fatigue
- Visible changes in weight
- Bleary-eyed, hung over or smelling of alcohol
Safety Risk Indicators
- Any written note or verbal statement which has a sense of finality or a suicidal flavor
- Essays/papers which focus on despair, suicide, or death
- Statements to the effect that the student is “going away for a long time”
- Giving away of prized possessions
- Self-injuries or self-destructive behaviors
- Severe depressions