Counseling Services, Behavioral Intervention Team Chair
Online reporting offered by the Behavioral Intervention Team is not monitored 24/7, and the Behavioral Intervention Team does not provide emergency response services. Call 911 or Campus Police at 706-355-5039, if you are experiencing an emergency or critical incident.
Additional security/law enforcement contact information is as follows:
Emergency response services should be appropriately utilized for current or imminent threats. Though not an exhaustive list, some examples of when to call 911 and/or Campus Police are:
Athens Technical College’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is committed to offering a comprehensive and systematic approach to addressing concerns regarding the safety and well-being of the campus community. This is accomplished through providing early intervention, timely assessments, consultation, recommendations on courses of action, support plans, referrals, and follow-up services, as deemed appropriate in each unique situation, in order to address student behaviors that have raised a concern or resulted in a crisis.
We are proud to have a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) at Athens Technical College. Athens Technical College is committed to offering exceptional educational programs and services to foster an environment conducive to the pursuit of excellence. Within this complex community, we have students who face a multitude of daily challenges and personal life circumstances. Academic performance, work performance, interactions with others, and behavioral patterns are key areas in which others can recognize when a student is in need of additional support.
Athens Technical College’s BIT is comprised of a group of staff members who meet regularly to explore options and discuss plans of intervention, support, and follow-up for students whose behaviors have resulted in a report to the ATC BIT. In addition, the BIT also conducts emergency meetings when an immediate response is required. The BIT provides a means for Athens Technical College faculty, staff, and students to report concerns that involve a student who is demonstrating early warning signs that could evolve or rapidly escalate into a crisis. Please note that the BIT operates within the boundaries of current policies and procedures regarding discipline, complaints, classroom management, Title IX concerns, public safety response, and other programs and services. At the heart of BIT is the dual purpose of taking measures to help ensure campus safety and to promote an environment of care and concern for others.
In order to remain successful, the BIT relies on all members of the college community to be aware of their surroundings and to report appropriately and in a timely manner, thereby increasing the chance of early interventions and a proactive approach.
Behaviors that cause concern for the safety or well-being of a member of the college community should be reported to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) as soon as possible. Delays in reporting could place others and/or the student at greater risk of harm and create additional negative consequences for the student if behaviors escalate.
All students, faculty, and staff members are urged to submit a report if they have concerns that relate to behavioral issues pertaining to a student.
A “red flag” or concerning behavior is a questionable, suspicious, or inappropriate behavior that may be presented through appearance, speech, written works, or specific actions. Examples may include:
Consider the following questions as a general guide when deciding whether or not to report—and remember to trust your instinct. This is not an exhaustive list of considerations.
Contact the B.I.T Chair if you have non-emergency requests or suggestions. DO NOT use this contact information for making a report. Instead, make a report using the form linked below.
While attending college can be an exciting time in the life of a student, it can also come with a number of challenges when family, school, and work responsibilities compete for your time. Students are encouraged to seek guidance from our Counseling Office, located in our Student Success Center.
Although unable to provide ongoing counseling, a Counseling Coordinator can assist students who are in crisis, seeking to identify opportunities for academic and personal growth, or struggling with day-to-day challenges. A Counseling Coordinator can also help connect students with other on-campus services. If additional counseling services are needed, we offer referrals to mental health resources in the community, which are able to serve students on an ongoing basis.
In cases involving a referral, Counseling Services can assist students in locating a mental health provider who either accepts a student’s current insurance coverage or extends a sliding fee scale.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact someone in the counseling office:
We know that college can be stressful on top of normal everyday life. Our faculty, staff, and community have many resources available for you no matter the issue you are facing. Please let us know how we can help or direct you to resources.
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Special Populations Coordinator
United Way connects families with the community-based resources they need to thrive. Dial 211 to be connected to trained, bilingual Community Connection Specialists who provide information on services and referrals to programs aligned with the individual’s specific needs.