Miramar College's Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) was developed to provide an efficient method to collect and follow up upon reported student concerns. The BIT's makeup, functions and goals are similar to team models within institutions of higher education across the United States. The “team” approach expedites intervention versus relying upon a single individual to report concerns.
The BIT is a small group. It is comprised of campus administration, faculty and staff. The BIT meets on a regular basis and as needed to discuss referrals.
Use of the referral form is strongly recommended as it provides a template of information the team would like to review. If you prefer not to use the form, you may send an email to DL for Miramar Behavioral Intervention Team. To the extent possible, use the five "Ws" within the email message or body within the referral form:
When a referral is received, multiple BIT members will be able to review it. Depending upon the reported behaviors and detail listed within the referral, the following may occur:
Confidentiality is taken seriously by the District, College and Miramar's BIT. All efforts are taken to protect student confidentiality as well as the identity of the reporter. That said, the interest of the team is to follow up and provide interventions if needed to help protect the student, college and community. Opinions or direct observations you report are not student records. If a student requests that you not speak to anyone about the information they are about to or have shared with you, you're encouraged to advise them that you cannot withhold information if you believe there may be safety risk.
It's better to report something than to do nothing. The BIT members will determine if the concern should be followed up upon. One of the primary purposes of the BIT is to bring together pieces of information. Individually, a concern you may have may be minor. But if multiple sources are reporting the same or other concerns regarding the same student, this provides more context. Please see the “Behavioral Reference Guide” within IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS for a list of behaviors and offices to contact for follow up.
You're strongly encouraged to provide your contact information or name. If additional information is needed to follow up with a student or if information within the referral is confusing to the BIT or any other department tasked with follow up, it's extremely important that there is a point of contact to clarify the submitted information. If your contact information is not provided, this could result in confusion and delays in responding to your reported concern.
If you're comfortable doing so, it's highly recommended that you advise the student about your concern. When doing so, it's important that you reference the observed behaviors or written/verbal communication they've shared. If you feel that the student is threatening, aggressive, or an immediate danger to him/herself or others you should immediately contact Campus Police and/or the Dean of Student Affairs for consultation or necessary follow up.
The following is a list of examples in which the BIT could be helpful for referral purposes.