Student Services Behavioral Intervention

Reporting Concerning Behavior

Reporting Concerning Behavior 

 

You should consider reporting any observations and/or incidents that cause you to be concerned about a student's well-being.  Some behaviors that may warrant a referral to the BIT include (but are not limited to):

  • Unusual changes in behavior and/or appearance
  • Significant changes in attendance or academic performance
  • Self-harming behavior
  • Unusual emotional responses (persistent sadness, extreme irritability, etc)
  • Unusually high energy, rapid speech, and/or racing thoughts
  • Extreme difficulty in organizing thoughts or communicating clearly
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness
  • Expressing thoughts of doing harm to self or others
Importance of Reporting

  • To ensure that students and behaviors of concern are documented
  • There may be similar behaviors and/or incidents involving the student in other areas which may indicate that the student's symptoms are escalating (multiple reports on a student results in a higher level of concern)
  • By catching a student's distress early, intervention strategies can be implemented early which may result in the student being successful on campus.
Important Considerations When Filing a Report

  • Be prepared to give as much detailed information as possible about the behavior of the student you are concerned about (ex: if you report that a student is extremely irritable, please describe the behaviors that are taking place)
  • It is very helpful to the BIT if you can provide us with names and/or contact information of any witnesses to the student of concern's behavior
Anonymous Reports

The BIT will accept anonymous reports, however, please be aware that this can create an obstacle as far as following-up with the student of concern because our ability to investigate becomes limited without access to the reporting party.

The University will, to the extent permitted by law, maintain the confidentiality of the report except as needed to make referrals or follow-up on the student discussed.  In some instances however, the university may be required to release information in response to a court order, subpoena, or open records request. 

To make a referral to the BIT, complete and submit a referral.

The BIT is not designed to deal with cases of immediate threats to the safety of the student or others.  In these cases, the University Police Department should be contacted directly at 605-677-5342 or 9-911 (from campus).