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.

BIT's mission is to provide a safe environment for the campus community through collaboration, information collection, risk assessment, and intervention.

How does BIT work?

  1. 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.
  2. BIT members review reports in a timely manner and determine appropriate action.
  3. Confidentiality of reports and processes are maintained as needed.

Disruptive Student

If you are an instructor and a student enrolled in your class is disruptive:

  1. Make sure your syllabus notes your classroom management policy.
  2. Provide the student a warning for 1st offense and keep documentation of the event (should it escalate).
  3. 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.
  • What are some signs that a student may be in distress?
  • What are warning signs of disruptive student behavior?
  • How is the Behavioral Intervention Team different from other places to report student behavior issues?

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

BIT Goals

  • 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.

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