Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

The Behavioral Intervention Team renders proactive assistance and referrals to behaviorally at-risk individuals.  The team intervenes in support of the person of concern, the person reporting the incident, the policies and procedures of Ivy Tech Community College, and the team acts to prevent violence on campus. 

The Purpose and Responsibility of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) at Ivy Tech community college is to help provide and maintain the safety and well-being of the campus community, following college policies outlined in the  Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The BIT also guides regional policy and oversees the coordination of various operational units in order to achieve these goals.

The Behavioral Intervention team is not a crisis response team.  The BIT is preventative in nature, seeking early identification of behaviorally at-risk individuals in order to connect them with available resources for assistance.  The BIT will identify and respond to troubled individuals by providing intervention strategies for various types of disruptive behaviors, and connect referred individuals with appropriate services.

Any of our students may access a crisis hotline and Ivy Tech’s Counseling Center, please click on the drop-down below for more information

If you have a concern about an incident or behavior you have witnessed on campus, please consult the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the assessment tools below for examples.  If necessary, file an Incident Report online.

ALWAYS CALL CAMPUS SECURITY IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY (317) 921-8080
THEN
file an Incident Report online

IMPORTANT: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers are always present at the Indianapolis downtown (Meridian) campus and ready to respond to ANY emergency.
Calling Campus Security at (317) 921-8080 is the quickest way to reach an IMPD officer.

Concern

Watchfulness

Caution

Threat

  • Vandalism
  • Excessively loud noise or behavior
  • Suspicious behavior
  • Heated arguments or disruptive behavior
  • Suspected substance abuse
  • Weapons reported
  • Threatening behavior
  • Suspicious items, such as an unattended backpack or package
  • Someone down / not responding / medical emergency
  • Weapons brandished
  • Active deadly force

Threat Assessment Tool

 

Observable Behaviors

Action to take

Concern

  • Impacted by life stressor or traumatic event

  • Emotionally troubled / Poor coping skills

  • Lack of awareness of behaving in socially inappropriate manner

  • Change in usual appearance / hygiene

  • Self-disclosure of abuse / suicidal thoughts

Refer to Counseling (317) 916-7627

Watchfulness

  • Substance abuse
  • Visible signs of physical abuse
  • Disturbing writing / Drawing / Doodling (Violence as recurring theme, toward specific group / person)

File an Incident Report online and refer to counseling (317) 916-7627

Caution

  • Bizarre behavior, especially if out of the ordinary for that person
  • Consistently oppositional
  • Behavior disruptive to the learning environment
  • Intimidating behavior toward others

Call Campus Safety (317) 921-8080 and/or file an Incident Report online

Threat

  • Expresses hostility, aggression or physical abuse toward others
  • Specific actions or threats against self or the safety of others
  • Destructive behavior toward self, others, or property
  • Attempted physical contact

Call Campus Safety (317) 921-8080 and file an Incident Report online

Crisis

  • Weapons brandished
  • Active deadly force

Call Campus Safety (317) 921-8080 immediately and file an Incident Report online

Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) Members
Darrell L. Cain Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Jerry A. Harrell Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
Frankie L. Moman Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Mike Clippinger Assistant Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
Scott Horvath Center for Working Families
Alphonso Atkins Director, Office of Student Conduct
Jason Carroll Director, Campus Safety
Anila Din Student Ombudsman
Melissa Filock Student Therapist
Marcia Nessle Assistant Director, Academic Support Services
Counseling Center
Melissa Filock
(317)916-7627 (calls are returned with 24- 48 hours)
Hours by appointment:
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suicide Hotline
Reasons for a BIT Referral
  • Violations of Student Code of Conduct
  • Behavior that disrupts the educational mission of the college
  • Behavior that disrupts learning and compromises safety in the classroom
  • Behaviors which compromise safety of the campus community
  • On-Campus Substance abuse
  • Self-destructive behavior, including suicidal ideation / behavior
  • Threats to personal or community safety, including threats of having or using a weapon on campus
BIT Referral Protocol
When an Incident Report is filed, it is routed to pre-designated BIT members who follow up.
  • The Assigned BIT member:
    • Decides whether intervention is necessary and if so, what kind
    • Mobilizes appropriate people and services to extend assistance
    • Monitors these services
    • Reports to the BIT Team
  • Interventions are made in support of the:
    • Person(s) of concern
    • Person reporting the incident
    • College policies and procedures
  • Referrals can be made to a variety of resources for the person of concern, including:
    • On-site Student Therapist
    • Ombudsman
    • College Judiciary
    • Other services or resources as needed
File an Incident Report
The BIT is alerted by electronic reports

The reporting system is a “one stop drop” electronic system that allows students, faculty, or staff a quick, easily accessible, and confidential means to report concerns about behavior that may be disruptive, self-destructive, or posing a threat to others on campus.  The form can be quickly and confidentially submitted.

File an Incident Report online

Interaction of FERPA and BIT
FERPA

DOES: Protect privacy of student educational records

DOES NOT PROHIBIT an employee from sharing their own:

  • Observation in a direct interaction with an individual 
  • Observation of an interaction between individuals
  • Observation of an individual’s behavior or demeanor

School officials do not need the student’s consent to disclose education records to other school officials with a legitimate interest in those records such as members of the Behavioral Intervention Team.  The BIT has a legitimate educational interest in examining the academic work of a student who is brought to their attention.

BIT records and proceedings are confidential and consistent with Ivy Tech Community College policy and obligations under FERPA, which you can view on our website.