Purpose of BIT
The College reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students, staff, and guests. The purpose of the BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) is to provide an easily accessible communication strategy for members of the college community who have encountered student behavior, which they perceive as unusual, threatening, or dangerous. The BIT strives to promote a supportive and positive campus community.
Report a Behavioral Concern
The BIT will determine if there have been additional warning signs or reasons for concern (such as code violations or classroom incidents), classify the level of threat, and develop a plan of action. Examples of action can include referrals to appropriate campus entities and, if necessary, off-campus agencies.
REPORT IT! DON’T IGNORE IT! To report an issue, follow the appropriate guidelines below:
Online Referrals: Complete the fields in the Student Behavior Report Form and click “Report Now!”.
Verbal Referrals: Call or speak with a BIT member, telling them what you have observed or heard, and explain why this concerns you.
All campus community members are responsible for reporting concerning behavior to the Behavioral Intervention Team. If an incident is an imminent threat, the observer should call 9-1-1 immediately.
To promote campus safety, well-being, and success by assisting faculty, staff, and students who are concerned about the behavior of a student through effective communication, intervention, and referrals.
- To educate the BCC campus about behaviors which are a cause for concern and how to report such behaviors.
- To promote a culture of reporting concerning behavior within the campus community.
- To develop strategies to manage violence, threats, and disruptive behavior.
- To increase employee and student awareness of the purpose of the Behavioral Intervention Team.
- To differentiate warning signs or behaviors which are an imminent threat from those that are a lower level of concern.
- To provide resources and support to students of concern, as appropriate.
- Serve as a point of contact for employees and students who are dealing with a threatening, disruptive, or otherwise problematic individual behavior.
- Identify students of concern who could potentially pose a threat and assess each individual.
- Monitor students of concern and provide them with appropriate campus and community resources, as appropriate.
- Develop a plan of intervention/resolution for students by assessing the individual’s threat level by utilizing the “NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool”.
- Provide training for faculty, staff, and administrators on how to assist students of concern.
- Provide clear communication and procedures to the Bladen Community College community.
- Build strong working relationships and establish liaisons with local community.
- Review college policies and procedures for dealing with the behavior of individuals on campus (e.g., workplace violence, emergency response procedures, etc.) and offer recommendations where appropriate.
Recommendations and Actions
The Behavioral Intervention Team will receive reports of concerning behavior, and circumstances of violence, threatening behavior, unwanted pursuit, or harassing behavior. In an effort to protect the campus community, BIT will investigate and respond to all reported behaviors. BIT may recommend some or all of the following:
- Make recommendations to appropriate college personnel that may include, but are not limited to the actions or sanctions consistent with the BCC College Catalog and Faculty/Staff Handbook.
- Refer students, faculty, or staff to professional counseling.
- Make recommendations for the filing of criminal charges.
- Assign appropriate personnel to the subject of the incident for follow-up and observation.
- Recommend that the proper authority notify, within FERPA guidelines, the parents, guardians, and/or next-of-kin.
- Make recommendations to appropriate college personnel regarding conditions of consideration for an individual to return as an active member of the campus community. This may include requiring internal/external psychological evaluations of the individual in question.
- Tiina Mundy, Co-Chairperson (Director of Human Resources / Title IX Coordinator)
- Barry Priest, Co-Chairperson (Vice President for Student Services)
- Bruce Blansett (Dean for Professional Learning Community)
- Lynika Drye (Director of College Readiness)
- Evelyn McAllister (Student Success and Engagement Representative)
- Kathleen McGurgan (Director of Instructional Operations)
- Jason Springer (Instructor / Disability Services Facilitator)
- Terry Waheed (Criminal Justice Technology Instructor)
- Jay Watson (Psychology/Sociology Instructor)