The purpose of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to coordinate efforts to support and assist students in crisis, including students engaged in harmful or disruptive behaviors, as well as community members affected by these students’ behaviors. The BIT typically meets weekly to review reports, share appropriate information, develop support strategies and coordinate resources for students.
The BIT is a cross-departmental team of staff who are able to address the various needs of a student in crisis.
Terri Thayer Director for Community Standards & Residence Life
Melissa Turkington Student Conduct Officer
Mo Whalen Residence Life Coordinator
Becky Rawlings Director for Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator
Rocky Vernola Director for Campus Safety & Security
Kerri Holferty Director for Access & Disability Services
Kelly Kester Director for International Programs
Rhonda Daniels Faculty, Division Chair
Paul Curd Faculty Counselor
Margaret Vlahos Faculty Counselor
Reporting - Know Your D's
When trying to make a determination between reporting to the BIT or the Conduct Office:
- You do not have to worry about making the right decision. We will make a determination at the time of submittal, and route the report to the correct office. Often, cases are complex and are appropriate for both processes.
- Most often, cases go to the BIT when there is not a clear violation of the conduct code, but the student is still presenting concerning behavior.
When not to report:
If a student is disrupting the regular flow of business or breaking the conduct code WITHOUT any of the other behavioral issues, you may either take care of the situation yourself or report to the Office of Community Standards for a conduct hearing.
When to report:
When a student is disrupting the environment AND appears to be excessively angry, sad, upset, or confused (out of the norm).
When a student is disrupting the environment AND appears to be having thoughts or actions associated with harm to self or others (whether direct or not).
During BIT meetings, the group shares all known information about the student, makes a determination about whether there needs to be a behavioral intervention, and makes a support plan for next steps. A support person is assigned to the student, who will track the support plan through its completion.
The incident reporting form goes to both the Office of Community Standards and BIT.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits communication about a student of concern under the following circumstances:
WCC may disclose personal identifiable information from an “educational record” to appropriate individuals in a health and safety emergency. Information may be released to emergency contacts, police, or others, if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health and safety of the student or others. Information can be shared with College personnel when there is a specific need to know. Casual observations of a student’s conduct or statements made by a student are not “educational records” and are not protected by FERPA.