Reporting Questions

Behavioral Intervention Team

For all emergencies - call 9-911.

Submit a BIT Referral

BIT Reporting Frequently Asked Questions

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 9-911 then call campus Public Safety Services at (608) 245-2222.

  2. You are the Behavioral Intervention Team's best resource because you are familiar to the student. Whenever possible, 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 Services, in addition to submitting the BIT form.

Who can make a BIT referral?

Anyone, students, staff, faculty, friends, family, or community members who feels a student is a potential threat to themselves or the community can make a BIT referral.

What happens after I make the referral?

The team members review the information from the referral and make a decision about how to best proceed. However, reporting is the most critical step. The BIT will use professional discretion regarding information shared when working with the student.

What happens to the student in the BIT process?

Based on the details provided by the BIT referral form, the team will assess and determine which campus or community resource(s) or service(s) will be offered. The student will then be contacted and the behaviors of concern will be investigated by staff appropriate to the situation. The process is to help the student understand his/her behavior of concern and its affect on the environment and their success. Actions that might be initiated by the Behavioral Intervention Team include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • No action recommended at this time, pending further observation
  • Warning of conduct concerns with cease and desist notification and offer of on-campus support services
  • Assist faculty or staff in developing a plan of action
  • Referral to existing on-campus support resources (e.g., Student Development Center, Counseling Services, Public Safety Services, Conflict Managment Services, Disability Resource Services)
  • Referral to appropriate community resources
  • Mandatory meeting with college administrator and/or Conflict Management Services representative
  • Recommendation of an interim suspension
  • Chair may discuss situations with faculty members

Depending on the circumstances, students who fail to comply with the dispositions of the BIT may be referred to the Student Conduct Office for disciplinary action.

How do I know if it is a BIT issue or if it is 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 make the referral. If another campus resource or procedure is more appropriate, the BIT will refer the student or you. It is important to remember that the college has a set of policies, procedures, and processes to address a spectrum of student behavior or student concerns.

What is the difference between BIT and Early Alert?

BIT is designed to refer students who may be exhibiting behavior issues in class or around campus. Early Alert is designed specifically to refer students who are demonstrating poor academic performance in the classroom. Of course, there may be an overlap between these two. When this overlap is recognized, these teams will work together to assist the student in connecting with the appropriate programs, services and resources. The important point is to make the referral to get the process started.

 

Note: The BIT is obligated to take appropriate action based on the nature of what is being reported. BIT may contact the reporter for further information or details.

NEVER promise confidentiality when discussing or reporting a behavior or concern.