Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
Seattle Central's Behavioral Intervention Team’s (BIT) is a cross–campus 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 BIT Report and email it to Crystina Mai Mostad or contact any member of the team. Al Souma, counselor, is designated as the BIT counselor.
- BIT members review reports in a timely manner and determine appropriate action.
- Confidentiality of reports and processes are maintained as needed.
- Make sure your syllabus notes your classroom management policy.
- Provide the student a warning for 1st offense and keep documentation of the event (should it escalate).
- If the behavior continues, you may suspend the student for 1 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.
How to Respond to Troubling Student Behavior
|Student shows evidence of a dangerous action or evidence of an emergency situation to self and / or others.||Call 911|
|Student seems to present a threat to self / others and / or an imminent threat or danger is perceived.||Call Campus Security: x5442 or 206.934.5442|
|Perceived student conduct violations.||Complete the Student Conduct Report|
|Student in crisis situation needing care; e.g., expressing suicidal thoughts, emotional breakdown, family / work stressors, alcoholism, etc.||Contact Seattle Central’s counseling staff|
|Student behaviors that do not pose an immediate threat but are a concern and could escalate if not addressed.||Complete the Behavioral Intervention Team 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.
BIT Team Members
Warren Brown, Executive Vice President for Instruction & Student Services | Carla Benoit, Credentials Evaluator | Denise Lichty, Cosmetology Faculty | Brigid McDevitt, Dean of Student Resources & Support | Elman Mc Clain, Director of Safety & Security | Crystina Mai Mostad, Conduct Officer | Al Souma, Counselor | Richard St. Clare, Allied Health Faculty | Joni Whitsitt, Allied Health Faculty | Kenneth Young, SVI Dean of Students
Our sincere thank you to the Green River Community College's Behavioral Intervention Team for sharing the above information.