Behavioral Intervention Team Policy
I. University Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
The university’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is an inter-department group that identifies problematic student behavior, assesses the nature and severity of that behavior, and works with university resources to implement appropriate interventions based on that student behavior. The BIT will utilize the National Association for Behavioral Intervention Teams (NaBITA) Threat Assessment Model as well as additional resources to identify, assess, and intervene in response to problematic behavior affecting student success and the education and operational processes of the university.
The goal of the BIT is to provide a proactive and supportive resource for the identification, assessment, and intervention of problematic behavior that raises concerns within the university community.
II. BIT meetings and membership
The BIT meets once a week during all academic semesters, and bi-weekly during the summer session.
BIT is composed of members of the university community which include:
- Dean of Students (BIT Chair)
- Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Conduct
- Care Consultant
- Associate Director, University Safety
- Director Counseling Center
- Associate Director Residence Life Housing and Dining Services
- Deputy Compliance Officer
- Associate General Counsel
- Faculty Senate Appointee(s)
- Dean of Students Administrative Assistant / Graduate Assistant Dean of Students office
- Springfield Police Department
Additional university members may be asked to participate in BIT meetings or provide information relevant to BIT discussions. These individuals may include:
- Director, University Disability Resource Center
- Coordinator, Title IX Office
- International Student Services
- Magers Health and Wellness
- Student Engagement for Fraternity and Sorority Life
- Member, Academic Care Team
- Additional university personnel as necessary based on the student of concern
III. Procedure manual
The BIT is responsible for drafting, adopting, and utilizing a Procedure Manual based on guidance available from NaBITA and other resources regarding student risk assessment and intervention. The BIT Procedure Manual will be reviewed annually during the summer semester by the BIT and other university officials.
IV. BIT referrals
All members of the university community, regardless of their membership in the BIT, are encouraged to immediately report concerning and/or problematic student behavior to the BIT. In case of an emergency, the community is instructed to call 911. Otherwise, referrals to the BIT can be made directly to:
- Dean of Students at 417-836-5527, or
- The online BIT referral form.
V. Mandated BIT assessments
Consistent with the authority granted under the university’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Code), the BIT, in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office, may, in certain situations, issue a temporary order for a mandated assessment relating to a student of concern. Such assessment will only be requested in limited circumstances. Consistent with the Code, any mandated assessment will not be punitive but solely evaluative in nature so that the BIT may better determine the student’s functioning and the context of the concerning behavior. Failure to participate in any mandated BIT assessment will result in consequences under the Code, including but not limited to interim suspension, and/or dismissal.