Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

Lower Columbia College's Behavioral Intervention Team (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.

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

Please Make a Report if you observe or experience harassment, discrimination, bias, misconduct or threatening behavior.

How BIT works

  1. Anyone concerned about specific student behavior that has the potential for possible threat to self or others should Make a Report.
  2. BIT team members review reports in a timely manner and determine appropriate action.
  3. Confidentiality of reports and processes are maintained as needed.

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

  1. The BIT team highly recommends including your classroom management policy on your syllabus.
  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 one day and should Make a Report.. Make sure to include your documentation of the conduct issue(s) and prior action(s) taken.

How to Respond to Troubling Student Behavior

See Getting the Right Help in this handbook for more information.

Use the Make a Report form to report incidents of concerning or threatening behavior.

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.
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