The Behavioral Intervention Team, or BIT, is a central clearinghouse to coordinate responses to student behaviors of concern from students, faculty and staff. When red flags are raised about specific student behavioral concerns, the BIT will follow up on these concerns.
Any member of the Madison College community can submit a BIT referral for a student of concern demonstrating odd, unusual, threatening or disruptive behaviors; for expressions of self-harm or harm to others; or for academic misconduct such as cheating or plagiarism.
A submitted referral does not automatically get a student “in trouble” assuming what they are doing is not illegal or clearly a violation of the code of conduct. The purpose of the process is to identify students who might benefit from College services, and connect them to such services for their development and growth.
Members of the BIT include the associate dean of students, disability resource services director, director of operations, lieutenant of public safety and a counselor.
A BIT member reviews each referral almost immediately and initiates action. As a result of a BIT referral a student might receive an outreach contact by BIT team member or a College counselor.
Additionally, the whole BIT meets every Monday to review all referrals, follow up on assigned action and assess the success of interventions.
For more information about BIT visit the Behavorial Intervention Team website.
Look for more tidBITs in upcoming sections of Matters.
Published March 5, 2014.