In the role of Behavioral Intervention the Dean of Students or desgnee investigates reports of students who are in distress, engaging in disruptive behaviors, demonstrating disregulated thoughts or actions or exhibiting potential threats of physical harm to self or others.
Behavioral Intervention encompasses a wide spectrum of student behaviors. These include but are not limited to the following:
The University endeavors to engage in caring response for the student’s well‐being and the well‐being of the campus community. The Dean of Students or designee will assess all referrals for severity and take one of the following actions;
Ideally, the Dean of Students or designee is there to respond to the earliest signs of potential crisis rather than waiting for clear signs of impending threat and reacting.
The goals of the Behavioral Intervention Team are:
The BIT will endeavor to balance the needs of the individual student with the needs of the community by providing a structured method to address behaviors while eliminating fragmented attention and response. One incident may not warrant review or intervention; but when placed in the context of other incidents or concerns a pattern may become apparent that indicates the need for intervention.
The Role of the Dean of Student and Behavioral Intervention Team
The Dean of Students maintains the wellness of students and safety of the community by preventing students with troubling behaviors to fall through the cracks of the institution. The office of the Dean of Students provides a campus‐wide reporting mechanism through which student behaviors can be identified and reported early.
Utilizing the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) Threat Assessment Tool, the Dean of Students and/or BIT determines the appropriate course of action to assure that all necessary follow up and documentation is conducted. Action plans utilize and make available a full range of support services including mental health, crisis management, and victim services. Some referrals may require immediate review and response, in which case the Dean of Students/BIT will respond as soon as reasonably possible.