The purpose of a Behavior Intervention Team is to serve as a central network for the behavior situations which raise concerns for the safety of the student or others. The multidisciplinary team focuses on intervening in situations involving students who are experiencing distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behavior. Early and prescriptive intervention is the key to preventing the occurrence of a major crisis.
College wide goals for the Behavioral Intervention Teams (BIT) support a safe environment and focus on the prevention of harmful or disruptive behavior. The recommendations of the Behavior Intervention Team will result in:
Early intervention and the provision of support and behavioral response to students displaying varying levels of disruptive, disturbed or distressed behaviors.
Engagement of faculty and staff in effective response with respect to disruptive and/or distressed students.
Adherence to a formalized protocol of instructions for communication, coordination and intervention when harmful or disruptive behavior occurs.
Centralized collection and assessment of student behavior.
Evaluation of intervention strategies or disciplinary sanctions.
Prevent, contain, or stop a student’s threat of imminent danger to self or others.
Conduct a threat assessment evaluation and determine actions to be taken for an immediate response to the level of threat identified.
Keep safety first.
Responsibilities of BIT
The BIT functions with a focus first on safety and then on the prescriptive early intervention which hopefully will prevent an individual’s behavior from escalating and interfering with retention of the student and successful completion of coursework. Behaviors which breach the CCBC Student Code of Conduct are referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs. The BIT acts in a proactive manner to assist students and will:
maintain confidentiality and handle all matters discreetly.
provide consultation and support to faculty and staff.
connect students with needed resources.
monitor and review ongoing behavior of students who have displayed disruptive or concerning behaviors.