Berkeley College Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

Mission Statement

The Berkeley College Behavioral Intervention Team (“BIT”) is committed to improving campus safety and security by proactively and collaboratively identifying, assessing, and managing student situations that pose, or may reasonably pose, a threat to the safety and well-being of the College community or any of its members. With a multidisciplinary approach, the BIT provides a centralized and coordinated assessment and intervention process to identify and aid students displaying troubling or disruptive behaviors, prior to the onset of crisis, in an effort to promote a safer campus community.

Purpose

While interacting with students across the College, individuals may be faced with situations in which a student is highly disruptive or displays behavior that may appear threatening to self or others. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) was established to:

  • Provide consultation, education, and support to faculty, staff, and associates in assisting students who display highly disconcerting or unusual behaviors
  • Gather information to assess situations involving students who display highly disconcerting or disruptive behaviors
  • Recommend appropriate intervention strategies before a crisis occurs
  • Connect students with need-based campus and community resources
  • Monitor ongoing behavior of students who have displayed highly disruptive or disconcerting behavior

The Behavioral Intervention Team is not an emergency response team. If there is an immediate threat to a student or to the Berkeley College community, or if there is a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911.

Please be aware that phones and e-mail addresses for BIT and campus student support services personnel are monitored during College business hours only. If you are calling about an immediate medical, safety, or mental health emergency, please call 911 first.

THE DISTRESSED STUDENT - RESPONSE OPTIONS

IS THERE DANGER TO SELF OR OTHERS?

Yes, refer student to the Behavioral Intervention team:

No, but you are concerned.
Contact:

The Behavioral Incident Report is an electronic form designed to enable faculty, associates and students to voluntarily report highly disruptive and/or concerning student behaviors. An incident, in this context, is an event that does not warrant immediate intervention. In the event of an emergency that requires immediate intervention, the reporter should call 911.

The Behavioral Incident Report will provide a mechanism for addressing individual incidents and may also reveal patterns of disruptive behavior of specific students and more generally patterns throughout the College. It will also provide aggregate data on the nature and frequency of reported disruptions at Berkeley College.

 

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