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What is the Behavioral Intervention Team?
The Behavioral Intervention Team is a multidisciplinary group of administrators, faculty, and staff that are responsible for evaluating and responding to reports regarding students whose behaviors may pose a threat to the safety of the campus community. The Team’s primary concern is promoting a safe learning environment by assisting individuals in addressing behavioral and / or personal challenges. The Team will provide a systematic response to campus situations involving individuals exhibiting signs of serious emotional distress, and/or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors. In addition, the Team endeavors to provide professional development activities that will assist members of the college community with strategies for responding to distressed and distressing students in the campus setting.
How does the BIT function?
In accordance with JSRCC Policy 1-22, Behavioral Intervention, the Team reviews reports related to behavioral incidents on campus, investigates the nature of the incidents, and makes recommendations on how the behavior can be addressed in the future at the College. The Team meets bi-weekly throughout the semester. Team members consist of representatives from the following areas: student affairs, campus police, human resources, a licensed mental health therapist, teaching faculty, and representative(s) from Academic Affairs.
How do I know when behavior may be of concern on campus?
There are several signs that indicate when a behavior may be of concern. Below are descriptions of behaviors that should be forwarded to the Behavioral Intervention Team:
Symptoms of Emotional Distress
To report a student of concern, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 523-5296 or complete the Behavioral Intervention Referral Form (JSRCC form 75-0005).
• Depressed, irritable, or apathetic mood
• Rapid mood swings accompanied by excessive talkativeness, activity level, or excitability
• Extremely poor academic performance or a change from high to low grades
• Missed tests or an inability to remain awake in class
• Excessive absences, especially if prior class attendance was good
• Unusual or noticeably changed interaction patterns in the classroom (such as withdrawal from family & friends)
• Noticeable change in appearance and hygiene
• Verbal expressions of hopelessness or thoughts of death & dying
• Excessive worrying
• Significant change in life circumstances (such as job loss, death of a loved one, divorce)
• Suspected alcohol or drug abuse
To report a student of concern, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 523-5296 or complete the Behavioral Intervention Referral Form (JSRCC form
· • History of aggression, violence, bullying, or stalking behaviors
· • Destruction of personal and/or school property
· • Excessively argumentative or numerous conflicts in interpersonal interactions
· • Verbal aggression (use of derogatory or profane language)
· • Hostile tone of voice and threatening or intimidating behaviors or body language
· • Comments about weapons or stories of harming others
· • Intense and inappropriate reactions, such as prolonged irritability or angry outbursts
· • Excessive distrust or paranoia of others
· • Perceived harassment, bullying, or ostracizing by others
· • Attempts to isolate self from others
· • Identifying or idolizing individuals who have engaged in acts of violence against others
· • Preoccupation with weapons, violent events or activities, or
• Communications (either verbal, written, or via email) containing
aggressive and possibly violent content
High RiskCall 911 or contact JSRCC Police Department at 523-5911 immediately.
· • Verbal or written threats to harm self or others
· • Recent attempts to obtain weapons
· • Self-injurious behaviors (such as self-cutting, self-burning)
· • Preparing for death (such as giving away possessions, saying goodbye, writing a will)
· • History of previous suicide attempts
· • Loss of contact with reality (seeing/hearing/feeling things not apparent to others, thoughts or behavior inconsistent with reality)
speech or communication content (incoherent speech, grandiose beliefs,
disorganized or rambling or paranoid thoughts)
When should I report a behavior?
If you have concerns about a person or situation, you are strongly encouraged to share the information, even if you think if may be nothing. The information you provide, no matter how trivial it may seem, may be critical to understanding a broader range of problematic or threatening behavior.
How can I assist someone whose behavior is of concern?
If you experience someone whose behavior is of concern, you may assist by doing the following:
For individuals exhibiting emotionally distressed behaviors (the HEART approach):
For individuals exhibiting distressing (alarming or threatening) behaviors:
If you are uncomfortable addressing a student, please contact the Office of Student Affairs. Staff in the office will assist you in addressing the matter.