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.
- Have you noticed any significant changes in the individual’s mood, behavior, or social functioning?
- Are there disruptive behaviors that could escalate and place the individual and/or others at risk of harm?
- Do you sense that the individual is struggling to maintain in the college environment?
- Do you believe the individual is at risk of harming self or others?
- Have you noticed any signs that could indicate self-mutilation, such as observable cuts or burns?
- Has the individual made any direct or veiled comments or threats related to suicide or homicide, either in verbal or written communication?
- Do you suspect current alcohol or drug-related issues?