As a result of growing national trends on college campuses of mental health issues and the increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to alcohol consumption, Washington Adventist University created the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). In order to promote the safety and health of its students, the BIT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include mental health and/or safety issues. Students who qualify for a Behavioral Intervention Team referral demonstrate one or more of the behaviors above.
The Behavioral Intervention Team consists of a group of qualified and dedicated WAU professionals whose mission is to:
•Balance the individual needs of the student and those of the greater campus community
•Provide a structured positive method for addressing student behaviors that impact the university community and may involve mental health and/or safety issues
•Manage each case individually
•Initiate appropriate intervention without resorting to punitive measures
•Eliminate "fragmented care"
The team works to:
•Intervene early and provide support and behavioral response to students displaying varying levels of disruptive, disturbed and distressed behaviors
•Respond with support first and sanctions as a last resort
•Predict with accurate individualized assessment the potential for violent, homicidal and/or suicidal behaviors while avoiding stigmatizing mental health issues and stereotype-based profiling
•Enable adherence to a formalized protocol of instructions for communication, coordination and intervention
•Balance FERPA, HIPAA and counselor privilege with college need-to-know and emergency communication needs
•Centralize collection and assessment of red flags raised by student behavior and connect the dots of disparate problematic actions involving one student that may be known to various faculty, staff and administrators
•Engage faculty and staff in effective response with respect to disruptive and/or distressed students
•Coordinate follow-up to ensure that services, support and resources are deployed effectively
•Coordinate mandated psychological assessment, conduct actions, disability services, accommodations, hospitalization and/or medical leave/withdrawal, as needed, and eliminate fragmented care
What to Report
In general, any behavior that disrupts the mission or learning environment of the university or causes concern for a student’s well-being should be reported. This includes:
Self-injurious behavior/suicidal ideation or attempt:
Behaviors include, but are not limited to: suicidal thoughts or actions, self-mutilation
Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/ or normal proceedings of University students, faculty, staff, or the community
Violation of alcohol and drug use policy:
Behaviors include, but are not limited to: erratic behavior (on-or-off-campus) created by the use of alcohol or drugs, involuntary hospitalization due to alcohol or drug use
Concerns about a student’s well-being
BIT will act quickly to respond to reports; however, BIT team may not able to provide an immediate response to a concern. Call 911 or Campus Security if you feel threatened or an immediate response is needed.
How to Report
A. Complete the on-line confidential form
B. Contact any member of BIT:
•Vice President for Student Life
•Deans of Resident Life
•Director of Campus Safety
•Campus Professional Counselor
What Happens to a Behavioral Report Form
Once a report is submitted:
1) Report immediately enters secure database
2) Automated notification is sent to Campus Student Life Dean
3) Report is reviewed by BIT
4) Reporter may be contacted for further information
Potential Outcomes of Reports
The BIT may
Recommend no action, pending further observation
Assist faculty or staff in developing a plan of action
Refer student to existing on-campus support resources
Refer student to appropriate community resources
Make recommendations consistent with college policies and procedures
The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.
The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.
For more than 25 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.