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Referral FAQs

BIT Referral FAQs

What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to the BIT process?

  1. If you feel there is an immediate threat, call 911.
  2. To make a referral, use the incident report button located at the bottom of the page. You will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact you (in the event the BIT committee has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
  3. You are the Behavioral Intervention Team’s best resource because you are familiar with the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is OK.  In many cases students will indicate that he/she could use some help and you can refer them to the Counseling Center.

Who can make a BIT referral?

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.

Will my report be kept confidential?

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.

What happens after I make the referral?

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.

What happens to the student in the BIT process?

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.  

How do I know if it is a BIT issue or if it more appropriately handled by other campus resources?

You do not have to make this determination; the BIT will do it for you. The most critical step is that you report it.

Incident Report

This program is modeled after the Behavioral Intervention Team at the University of South Carolina and used with their permission.