The Behavioral Intervention Team, or BIT, at Porterville College serves as the centralized coordinated body for discussion and action regarding students exhibiting behaviors that indicate distress, cause of disturbance in the community, and/or present a danger to oneself or others. Committed to proactive, early intervention, the BIT supports students directly through consultation with campus partners.
The Behavioral Intervention Team provides proactive assessment and early intervention to individuals who are exhibiting concerning behaviors, to both support students and assist faculty/staff. The team is committed to ensuring community wellness and safety to the campus community by providing an environment where individuals are free to work and learn in a safe and supportive environment.
The Behavioral Intervention Team, or BIT, at Porterville College is a group of staff members from various departments across campus who meet regularly to address behavioral concerns that include:
The BIT’s goal is to successfully engage support and minimize the concerns associated with students in distress. Accomplishing these goals requires a coordinated institutional response that includes all members of the college community.
The team consists of representatives of the Office of Student Services; Vice President, Safety & Security Program Manager, DRC Coordinator, Office of Student Services Director, & Human Resources Manager.
A person of concern can be a member of Porterville College (faculty, staff or student) dealing with an emotional, psychological or physical crisis that may interfere with his or her ability to continue attending classes or working at PC.
It is best to report any concern about a student’s mental wellbeing, students who might present a threat to the campus community or themselves, or displaying academic dishonesty.
Signs and symptoms of student distress
Faculty and staff should note that all members of the College community are expected to act towards one another with sensitivity, consideration, understanding, appreciation, tolerance, civility, and an active concern for one another. Porterville College is particularly concerned that its members show respect for others regardless of race, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, and other characteristics protected by law, and refrain from all forms of harassing or offensive behaviors that demean the inherent dignity of others (see Student Conduct Handbook)
On rare occasions, you may find yourself with a student who is experiencing extreme distress so as to pose a possible danger to themselves or others. Such cases are psychological/behavioral concerns that require immediate intervention. Signs of an emergency include:
If the student is in significant distress but not a life-threatening situation, call the Counseling department in addition to completing the BIT Form. These verbal intervention tips may help you:
|Isolate the situation||Get in a power struggle|
|Enforce the limits||Make false promises|
|Be aware of non-verbal cues||Be threatening|
|Be consistent||Use jargon|
Making a Referral
The referral process begins by making a report. Once a referral is made about a student of concern, a staff member from Porterville College’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) will review the information and may contact you for additional information about the student.
Helping Persons of Concern
Once a person is reported, outreach will begin. Staff member will gather more information about the person of concern and may reach out to that individual by phone call or, in some cases, by a series of meetings.