Anyone in the campus community, who observes an emergency, extreme or severe behavior, imminent threat to self (e.g. suicide attempt) or others (e.g. violent act), serious disruptive or threatening behavior, property damage, or a broken law, should contact Campus Safety at 419.559.2253 immediately.
Faculty, students, and staff who are concerned about a student’s behavior that is not extreme or severe should complete a Behavioral Intervention Team Incident Report Form and submit it to _BIT@terra.edu. Once the report is received, the Associate Dean of Students will present the case to the BIT for an assessment, and develop an appropriate response plan. BIT’s response will be based on the nature of the behavior, the severity of the risk, and the needs of the student.
Things to Remember When Submitting a Report
- Before submitting a report, faculty and staff may consult with a member of the BIT. However, completing a BIT form may still be required following the consultation.
- The report will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Students or her/his designee and decide if the BIT team should meet immediately or address the issue at its regularly scheduled meeting.
- The faculty or staff member who submits the information will receive an acknowledgement from the Associate Dean of Students confirming the appropriate response has been or is being made.
- Faculty and staff submitting a report should not expect detailed information about the disposition of their submission because the issue may involve due process or confidentiality rights of the student.
- Faculty and staff should submit additional reports, as new concerns arise or as behavior is repeated, even if they have done so before. A single incident may be insufficient to take action, but a pattern of incidents may require an institutional response.
Types of Behavior to Report
- Extreme rudeness or insubordination to college officials, staff, faculty, or administrators
- Classroom disruption
- Drunkenness or being under the influence of illicit drugs
- Threatening words or actions
- Writings that convey clear intentions to harm self or others
- Observed self-injurious behavior, such as cutting, burning, eating disorders, etc.
- Online postings in Facebook, MySpace, blogs, websites, e-portfolios, class journals, etc. that are direct and explicit threats
- Suicidal, including threats (“I am going to kill myself”) gestures (intentionally erasing one’s hard drive), ideation (“I’ve always thought about killing myself by jumping off a cliff”), or attempts
- Acts motivated by hatred or discrimination
- Paranoia or delusion that a student groundlessly believes they are being targeted
- Intimate partner violence
- Flat affect
- ”Accidental” overdose, including all involuntary hospitalizations for non-responsive intoxication
The mission of the Terra State Community College Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) is to provide a proactive and supportive multidisciplinary team approach to prevention, assessment, and intervention of situations or individuals that may pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of the campus community.
- Increase identification of students whose behaviors are distressed, disruptive, and or dysregulated.
- Discuss situations brought to its attention by any member of the campus community seeking guidance on disruptive and/ or problematic behaviors that might lead to aggression or self-harm.
- Centralize the process of collecting and assessing “red flags” raised by student behavior and documented by different sources within the College before there is a crisis.
- Develop a coordinated plan to help a student in crisis, mitigate risk, facilitate early intervention, and protect and maintain campus safety.
- Coordinate follow-up with the student to ensure that recommended services, support, and resources are deployed effectively.
- Balance FERPA, HIPAA, and counselor privilege with College need-to-know and emergency communication needs.
- Protect the campus community in cases of imminent threats by a student to self and others
Heath Martin, Associate Dean of Students (Chair)
Larry Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Police Science
Dori Dalton, Coordinator of Counseling and Disability Services
Jeff Huffman, Director of Campus Safety and Evening Services
Susan Kajfasz, Assistant Professor, Nursing
Kathy Mussell, Academic Advisor