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Behavior Intervention Team

It is EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY to report observed student behavior that gives cause for concern.

SCC is committed to the health and safety of its faculty, staff and students and to maintaining a safe environment in which they may work and learn. Therefore, any student behavior that causes concern on campus or in the classroom should be reported to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Complete the electronic BIT Referral Report Form which will automatically be emailed to the BIT.

BIT REFERRAL REPORT FORM

If this is an EMERGENCY, call 9-1-1 and contact SCC Campus Security at (509) 475-7035.

To report an INCIDENT to Campus Security, complete a Student Conduct Incident Report.

SCC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

The SCC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multi-disciplinary team of college administrators, faculty, counselors and campus safety personnel who serve as a behavioral assessment group when a student's behavior has been so peculiar, problematic, distracting or disruptive that it calls for reporting. The BIT team will be responsible for implementing a proactive student behavioral intervention process that uses formalized protocols to both assess behavior that poses a potential threat to campus safety/security and coordinate resources for early intervention and support for involved students.

The BIT is the clearinghouse for tracking and responding to behavioral issues that are reported on campus. Team members will gather information about the behavior of concern from appropriate administrators, faculty, staff and students. They then will analyze and assess the situation and make caring, proactive recommendations about the best ways to help the individual or individuals through support, intervention or referral. Team members will also coordinate follow-up when appropriate.

Goals

The goals of the BIT are:

  • To be a resource to SCC faculty, staff, students and administrators for addressing student behavioral issues
  • To intervene when necessary in order to reduce the chances of problematic behavior escalating into serious situations
  • To gather information campus-wide and provide a central location where behavioral issues and concerns can be collected and analyzed
  • To create a networking system that responds to and is supportive of behaviorally at-risk students

Additional Information

» www.ccs.spokane.edu/About-CCS/admin-procedures/HR/2-30-05-Workplace-Safety/2-30-05B-Behavior.aspx

Team Members

The Behavioral Intervention Team is a multi-disciplinary group whose purpose is to support students, faculty and staff via an established protocol. The team tracks student behavioral concerns over time, detecting patterns, trends and disturbances in individual or group behavior. The team receives reports of disruptive, problematic or concerning behavior or misconduct; conducts an investigation of each report; performs a threat assessment; and then determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification, and response. The team then activates campus and/or community resources and coordinates follow-up. BIT is not a substitute for classroom management. You may contact them at BIT@scc.spokane.edu.

Team members will include at a minimum the following employees:

  • A student services administrator
  • A Counseling department representative
  • A Disability Support Services representative
  • An instructional representative
  • A Campus Security representative

Team members as of October 2012:

  • Mike Lenker, Administrator
  • Carmen Green, Counseling
  • Deanna Ortiz, Counseling
  • Gretchen Ford, Counseling
  • Dennis Johnson, Disability Support Services
  • Cheri Osler, Instructional
  • Charles Hollen, Security

Representatives from the following agencies may also participate as resources to, or ad hoc members of, the SCC BIT team:

  • Assigned Assistant Attorney General
  • Union representative
  • City police and/or Community Mental Health representative
  • Registration and/or Financial Aid department representative
  • Veterans Affairs/Services representative

Members will serve for a period defined by that unit's appointing authority and a process for replacement of a team vacancy will be developed.

Each behavioral incident or concern reported to the BIT will be different; however, the process by which the reports are investigated will generally remain the same. The following is a general guide of how the BIT process will work:

Report

A BIT Referral Report is received by BIT or one of its team members.

Meet

BIT calls a team meeting. At the meeting, the team members:

  • Review the Threat Assessment and Intervention Tools to determine a generalized risk level
  • Determine if the behavior should be handled at the BIT level or referred to a disciplinary process
  • Identify next steps and/or appropriate resources if needed

Investigate

An investigation may be initiated by contacting the student reported, as well as faculty and students who filed the report on or interacted with the reported student. Other resources are consulted to determine whether there is a pattern to the reported behavior.

Recommend

BIT team members process all information received through the investigation and develop their recommendations. Recommendations are discussed with the student who was reported, and the student's follow-through on completing the BIT recommendations is tracked.

Report to Team

A report is made to BIT team members via email, unless another face-to-face meeting is needed to discuss concerns raised after meeting with the reported student.

Follow Up with Staff

The BIT team follows up with the person or persons who reported the incident to let them know action was taken.

Data Recording

Information on the incident reported is recorded for future reference and tracking.

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