ELAC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
The BIT was created to:
Centralize faculty and staff reports of concerns about students’ behaviors.
Determine if the situation poses a threat.
Assist students, staff, and faculty with resources and referrals that will prevent further escalation that may lead to disciplinary action or academic risk.
Provide case management of reports from staff and faculty by a diverse team of educational and health professionals.
The BIT is needed because the Vice President and Dean of Student Services have consistently handled ALL behavioral reports. The number of monthly reports received range from 2-18, with the average being 10 per month. Other college campuses have implemented a BIT to streamline reporting and resolution. ELAC has recently formed this team with the goal of efficiency and safety for our campus.
What should you report?
- Anger and rage
- Hysterical or emotional outbursts
- Eating disorders
- Suicidal threat
- Hopelessness, desperation
- Anxiety, depression
- Impulsive or rash behaviors
- Delusional or paranoid speech
- Constant frustration
- Direct threats of harm to others
- Vague or unclear threats
- Yelling or disrespectful actions
- Extremely odd behavior
- Substance abuse
- and many other behaviors that are disruptive or pose harm to students or others
Assess the Risk
MILD: Disruptive or concerning behavior. Student may or may not show signs of distress. No threat made or present.
MODERATE: More involved or repeated disruption. Behavior more concerning. Likely distressed or low-level disturbance. Possible threat made or present. Threat vague and indirect.
ELEVATED or SEVERE: Seriously disruptive incident. If there is a threat of harm to themselves or others, Call Sheriff’s Office Immediately.
Non-urgent, information only.
Social Services Needs (i.e., Housing, Food, Substance Abuse, Counseling)
The Reporting Cycle
Report is submitted.
BIT acknowledges receipt of report.
BIT meets and develops a plan of action.
BIT follows-up with the referring party.