BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TEAM

Mission

In support of our mission, the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is dedicated to ensuring that the campus is a safe environment where learning and professional and personal development can occur. The team’s primary goal is early intervention before a crisis arises.

Our Behavioral Intervention Team is a group of trained and dedicated professionals whose mission is to:

  • Balance the individual needs of students, faculty or staff, as well as those of the greater campus community.
  • Provide a structured and positive method for addressing behaviors of concern that impact the college community.
  • Manage each case individually.
  • Initiate appropriate intervention.
  • Formalize a protocol of instructions for communication, coordination and intervention.
  • Centralize collection and assessment of “red flags” raised by a community member’s behavior, and connect the dots between disparate problematic actions involving that individual
  • Coordinate follow-up to ensure that services, support and resources are deployed effectively.

Objectives & Protocol

BIT will meet at least once a month to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Increase identification of students whose behaviors are distressed, disruptive, and/or threatening.
  • 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 […]

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Reporting

Bronx Community College strives to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty and staff. The BIT was established to identify, assess and monitor students who display moderate to elevated levels of distress, disruption, and/or behavioral dysregulation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the BCC BIT?

The BCC Behavior Intervention Team (BCC BIT) is a multi-disciplinary collaborative committee of BCC professionals that meets regularly to discuss the behavior of individuals about whom reports are received. The BCC BIT then determines if any intervention is needed, and subsequently monitors the intervention.

Why a BCC BIT?

Faculty, staff and fellow students are often among the first to notice when another member of the BCC community is overly stressed or behaving in a dangerous or disruptive manner. Disruption of academic progress, personal relationships and daily behavior may be signs that a person is in distress. In order to maintain safety and order on campus, the BCC BIT identifies, responds and ensures appropriate intervention when individual behavior causes concern to other members of the campus community.

What do you report?

Anything that causes you serious concern (i.e. erratic or distributive behavior, drug and/or alcohol abuse, disturbing writings, etc.) might prompt you to make a report. Contact a member of the BCC BIT to discuss the best course of action if you are not sure what to do or if a report to the BIT is warranted.

How do I report?

To report a concern to the BCC BIT, please complete the BIT report form. This form requires that you describe the behavior of concern that you have witnessed. The BCC BIT members can be contacted personally if you wish to discuss your concern prior to submitting a report to the BCC BIT.

Will I be contacted if I submit a concern?

The BCC BIT may contact you if additional information is needed.

What happens when a report is made?

Once the BCC BIT receives a report, the team will discuss the reported concern. The BCC BIT then creates a plan to monitor and/or intervene with the person of concern, and designates a contact person to implement the plan. At each BCC BIT meeting, updates are given about each open case.

How do I report a concern after standard business hours?

If something happens during non-business hours, submit your concern via the online form or email a BCC BIT member. Emergency or extreme situations should be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety at 718-289-5911.

What if I am wrong about the person?

You are registering a concern based on an observed behavior (e.g., verbal exchange, action, etc.), not making a determination. By alerting the appropriate campus representatives, a safety determination can be made.

Should I approach him/her first?

As a caring individual, you may desire to reason with or explore the source of the actions of the person in question. However, based on the threat level, this mentoring approach may not be the best course of action. Always assess the risk. Should you have any concern about your safety or the safety of others, your best course of action for the safety of all involved is to seek intervention from people who are trained in these areas by taking the steps described in the Objectives and Protocol section of this page.

I don’t have a great deal of evidence; should I wait before notifying someone?

Sometimes we don’t have all the evidence. Let the Bronx Community College Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) weigh the information and see if gathering more facts is warranted as a response plan is evaluated. Bring what you have because others may have evidence too.

What will happen to the person about whom I submit a Concern Report form?

Although action will depend upon the situation, the BIT will intervene in support of the person of concern, as well as campus safety.

Who has access to this information?

The BIT is the primary responding body at the College. In the event that additional resources need to be mobilized in order to effectively respond to a situation, reported information will be handled discretely.

Will this report adversely affect this person’s student or employee status?

You are doing the right thing in reporting your concerns in support of an individual’s safety and the safety of our community. However, this action may also raise concern for the person(s) involved. The BIT takes into account the concerns of the campus, as well as the needs of the student, faculty or staff member about whom concerns are expressed. Whether the overall review of information will adversely affect the person’s student or employee status depends on the situation.

How will I know that the situation has been addressed?

BIT will address every report that is brought to the committee. However, you may not be privy to the outcome of an investigation based on the factors involved.

Will the person be able to find out that I submitted the concern?

BIT will attempt to handle all matters discreetly. We cannot guarantee that the person(s) involved will not be able to figure out the source of the report. However, our intention is not to divulge this information.

Can I submit anonymously?

You are encouraged to identify yourself because this may assist the BIT if clarification or additional information is needed. Submitting your name also gives your report more credence. Anonymous entries will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Us

Ana S. Molenaar, M.A.
Associate Director for Judicial Affairs/Student Conduct Officer
Loew Hall, Room 416
Phone: 718-289-5630
Ana.Molenaar@bcc.cuny.edu

LaVerne King
Judicial Affairs Coordinator
Loew Hall, Room 413
Phone: 718-289-5100 X.3014
LaVerne.King@bcc.cuny.edu

Latisha DuBose
CUNY Office Assistant
Loew Hall, Room 418
Phone: 718-289-5100 X.3146
Latisha.DuBose@bcc.cuny.edu

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