What is a Behavioral Intervention Team?
The BIT was established at Berkeley City College to support students who are having behavioral challenges and/or emotional concerns that may impede their academic success on campus.
The BIT is a multidisciplinary team that intervenes using a holistic model of care. BIT consists of representatives from administration, instructional faculty, counseling, and SAS/DSPS services.
When a BIT receives reports of concerning behavior or misconduct the team conducts an investigation and determines the best mechanisms for support, direct intervention and mediation, warning/notification, and response. The team engages campus resources, and the resources of the community, and coordinates follow-up. The Members have been trained by NaBITa.
Why would I refer a student to the BIT?
If you have a student that is showing hostility and/or violence towards others, being disruptive or showing signs of emotional distress, email the Staff Assistant to the Dean of Student Services
- Please include the following in your email
- Your phone number/contact information
- Students first and last name
- Students contact information
- Type of Incident
- Description of Incident (location, time, date)
- Witnesses to Incident
- Who you have notified about the incident
If I refer, can I have a student removed from class immediately?
No. If you feel a student needs to be removed please contact the Dean of Student Services. The BIT does not make that determination. You can contact Dean Brenda Johnson via email.
Will the student know that I reported them?
Typically a BIT referral is not anonymous. If there is a concern about the student knowing please notify the BIT. The student does have a right to know who referred them.
Once I make a BIT referral what should I expect?
a. The BIT team will work in collaboration with the instructor in identifying concerns and possible solutions.
b. The BIT meets weekly. The BIT does not meet during academic breaks including summer.
How long will it take?
Depends on the case. We will notify the person who made the referral once the referral is received and any pertinent updates.
Will I be notified of the outcome?
Some information may need to be kept confidential. You will be notified that your referral has been received and the case is being reviewed and addressed by the BIT.
Do students get kicked out of school if referred to the BIT?
If the BIT determines a referral to the Dean of Students is needed due to a violation of the AP5500 Code of Conduct and Due Process. If there is a violation the student may be subject to suspension or expulsion.
Can a student refer another student to the BIT?
Yes via an instructor, classified or faculty member. If there is an immediate concern, please reach out to the Dean of Student Services Brenda Johnson via email. If a student has a complaint about another student please follow our complaint process as listed on the Student Concerns & Complaint Process.
Can a faculty member and/or a staff member be referred to the BIT by a student?
No. If a student has a complaint about a faculty member’s behavior the student should go through the Student Concerns & Complaint Process.
What can I do if a colleague is exhibiting behavioral issues in class or in relation to students?
Please refer to the Employment-Related Complaints policy.