Three Rivers College's Behavioral Intervention Team, "BIT" is to provide a comprehensive evaluation and response to identify students whose behavior is of concern in order to support student success and to assist in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the students and members of the Three Rivers College community.
The BIT is to coordinate with Three Rivers College's resources to address the needs of students who are experiencing significant behavioral disturbances in order to recommend purposeful interventions aimed at helping students achieve success. The BIT process is also designed to provide members of the college community, who have concerns regarding students' behavior, with an easily-accessible avenue to report these concerns. Following a referral or information submission, the BIT will, when appropriate, identify treatment and/or referral recommendation options to the student, toward the ultimate goals of student health, safety, success, and retention.
The goals of the BIT are to (1) prevent crises before they occur through proactive outreach and educational programming, consultation, appropriate assessment, and referrals; (2) ensure that students whose behavior is of concern are contacted through follow-up processes and have access to the appropriate services so that they have the opportunity to improve their welfare; (3) create a unified reporting and tracking system that will allow members of the BIT to observe patterns of behavior that may require assessment and to provide a documented response to distressed students.
Complete BIT protocol can be downloaded here: BIT Protocol (PDF)
Who can make a BIT referral?
Anyone can, anyone that feels a student's behavior is concerning can make a BIT (Behavior Intervention Team) referral, including students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members.
What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to the BIT process?
Please contact the Three Rivers Department of Public Safety at 573-840-9713, or fill out the online referral form at trcc.edu/publicsafety.
What happens after I make a referral?
BIT team members evaluate the information on a individual case manner and make a decision about whether the student should be assessed or interviewed. You must always remember, reporting is the most critical step.
What happens to the student during the BIT process?
BIT will provide students with confidential and proactive support, while offering resources and balancing the educational needs of students with the mission of Three Rivers College.
How do I know if a concerning behavior is a BIT issue, or may it be more appropriately handled by other college resources?
You do not have to make that determination. Remember the most critical step is that you report the concerning behavior by contacting the Three Rivers Department of Public Safety at 573-840-9713 or filling out the online report at trcc.edu/publicsafety.
What Behaviors Should I Report?
Three Rivers College employees and students are to report ALL incidents of student behavior that are unusual or alarming to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). See the online report form to report an incident.
The following are the types of behaviors that should be reported to the BIT:
- Classroom disruption
- Drunkenness in the classroom
- Threatening words or actions
- Writings that convey clear intentions to harm self or others
- Observed self-injury (cutting, burning, etc.)
- Threatening online postings on Facebook, MySpace, etc.
- Excessive class absenteeism
- Relationship violence
- Hazing or Bullying
- Flat effect or extreme lack of responsiveness
- Suicidal actions (i.e., threats, gestures, and attempts)