Anyone who feels a student is a threat to themselves and/or others, or is exhibiting behaviors disruptive to the mission of the community, can make a BIT referral; including students, parents, faculty and staff, and other community members.
Members of the BIT will not disclose the identity of the person making the report to the student of concern. However, the BIT cannot guarantee that the student will not be able to determine this.
After a BIT submission is reviewed, the response will vary depending on the type of concern reported. This may range from an e-mail and/or phone contact offering assistance for a student representing no risk, to an immediate/mandatory appointment with a student representing potentially high risk.
The BIT takes all reports submitted to it very seriously. Know that the information you provided will be given serious consideration and, following an assessment, will be dealt with in an appropriate manner. You will be notified that your concern has been received. Due to confidentiality policies and state and federal law, in most cases we will not be able to give you any updates or acknowledgements about ongoing activity related to this concern. We may, however, notify applicable individuals if we feel that a student represents a potential threat to the safety of the members of our community. The safety and security of our students is of paramount importance to the College.
Students judged to be potentially at risk will be instructed to undergo an ongoing assessment at the Counseling Center. Following the initial meeting, students may request to be assessed by an outside agency with findings provided back to the BIT.
After the assessment, the BIT will make a determination that takes into consideration the student’s best interest, as well as the best interest of the college community. Possible outcomes include, but are not limited to: appropriate assistance/treatment; referral to an additional campus resource; reduction in access to courses and/or facilities; and withdrawal from the College.
You do not have to make this determination; the BIT will do it for you. The most critical step is that you report it.