Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
Green River Community College's Behavioral Interventions Team's mission is to provide a safe environment for the campus community through collaboration, information collection, risk assessment and intervention.
What is BIT?
BIT is a multidisciplinary team that meets on a regular basis to review and respond to reports of student behavior that may pose a threat of self-harm or a threat to the community.
How does BIT work?
- Anyone concerned about specific student behavior that has the potential for possible threat to self or others should complete a Red Flag found at the following link, https://redflag.riskaware.com/reporter.php/grcc or contact Campus Safety (253) 833-9111 ext . 2250 or 3350.
- Members of the BIT Team review the submissions in a timely manner and determine appropriate action , on-campus or off-campus.
- Confidentiality of reports and processes are maintained as needed.
How can I receive training for how to work with the BIT process?
Dear Campus Community,
I invite you to participate in one of the following services; workshops, training sessions or consultation. All of these services are offered for staff, faculty and student organizations free of charge. BIT is more than happy to come to your division or staff meeting. Please contact me to set your next training.
Deb Casey, VP Student Affairs
(253) 833-9111 ext. 3328
If you are an instructor and a student enrolled in your class is disruptive:
- Make sure your syllabus notes your classroom management policy.
- Provide the student a warning for the first offense and keep documentation of the event, should it escalate. If the behavior continues, you may suspend the student for one day and should file a student conduct report with the Student Conduct Officer; make sure to include your documentation of the conduct issue(s) and prior action(s) taken.
What are some signs that a student may be in distress?
A student in distress may not be disruptive to others, but may exhibit behaviors which indicate something is wrong, show signs of emotional distress and indicate that assistance is needed. They may also be reluctant or unable to acknowledge a need for personal help. Behaviors may include:
Serious grade problems or a change from consistently passing grades to unaccountably poor performance
Excessive absences, especially if the student has previously demonstrated consistent attendance
Unusual or markedly changed patterns of interaction, for example: avoidance of participation, excessive anxiety when called upon, domination of discussions, etcetera.
Other characteristics that suggest the student is having trouble managing stress successfully, for example: a depressed, lethargic mood, very rapid speech, swollen, red eyes, marked change in personal dress and hygiene or falling asleep during class.
Repeated requests for special consideration such as deadline extensions, especially if the student appears uncomfortable or highly emotional while disclosing the circumstances prompting the request.
New or repeated behavior which pushes the limits of decorum and which interferes with effective management of the immediate environment. Unusual or exaggerated emotional responses which are obviously inappropriate to the situation.
How should I respond to a disruptive student?
Remain calm and know who to call for help, if necessary. Find someone to stay with the student while calls to the appropriate resources are made.
Remember that it is not your responsibility to provide the professional help needed for a severely troubled or disruptive student. You need only to make the necessary call and request assistance. When a student expresses a direct threat to themselves or others, or acts in a bizarre, highly irrational or disruptive way, call Campus Safety at (253) 833-9111ext. 3350
How is the Behavioral Intervention Team different from other places to report student behavior?
Contact the team for issues that can't be easily defined as a student conduct violation (which is reported to the Student Conduct Officer), or an emergency situation (which should be reported to the Auburn Police Department), or a perceived or present threat or imminent danger (which should be reported to Campus Security).
The overarching goal of the Behavioral Intervention Team is to operate prior to a student issue becoming a conduct issue or emergency situation. If you have a concern about a student's behavior, you may want to contact the Counseling and Health Services Team. Note that counseling requires the student's participation. However, the team reviews the situation and determines which strategies to use and which college resources will be used to address the behavior.
How to Respond to Troubling Student Behavior
|Student shows evidence of a dangerous action or evidence of an emergency situation to self or others.||Call 911|
|Student seems to present a threat to self or others or an imminent threat or danger is perceived.||Call Campus Security: (253) 833-9111 ext. 2250 or ext. 3350|
|Perceived student conduct violations.||Call Director of Judicial Affairs & Compliance: (253) 833-9111 ext. 3397 or VP of Student Affairs: (253) 833-9111 ext. 3328|
|Student in crisis situation needing care; for example, expressing suicidal thoughts, emotional breakdown, family or work stressors, alcoholism, etc.||Contact Green River College Counseling & Health Services: (253) 833-9111 ext. 2460|
|Student behaviors that do not pose an immediate threat but are a concern and could escalate if not addressed.||Complete the Red Flag Report
- To proactively build and sustain community with a comprehensive, collaborative team that identifies behaviors which are a risk of harm to self or others.
- To promote campus safety by fostering a culture of reporting (reducing bureaucratic process).
- To help and support students via educational, rather than punitive means, according to established protocols and transparent procedures while protecting the privacy and rights of individuals.
- To track and monitor problematic behavior by providing consultation, referral, and support to faculty and staff.
- To provide training and education as we work together to promote student and community success.
- To assess, evaluate, and evolve BIT team functions and protocols while identifying and refining best practices.
- To provide comprehensive wrap-around support for student success.