Behavioral Intervention Team
The Merced College Behavioral Intervention Team provides proactive assistance as it relates to students who are exhibiting concerning behaviors, both to support students and assist faculty and staff.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Using a collaborative approach, address concerning behaviors early and plan interventions that balance student support with campus safety.
- Provide training and education to the campus community.
- Immediately setting clear expectations for conduct
Example: faculty include statement in syllabus regarding student conduct
- Documenting each incident of disruptive behavior
- Report incident to your Area Dean or Manager for further discussion and possible referral to BIT
- Maintaining confidentiality
This behavioral case review form is to be completed when a student displaying unusual behaviors such as; slamming doors, storming out, accusations, email barrages, or any patterns of unrelated/incoherent statements. Also, any changes in normal behavior.
- Whenever possible, you should express your concern directly to the student unless you are concerned for your safety and/or the safety of others.
- If you feel the person might benefit from personal counseling, you can share your concern with the student and provide them with contact information for Student Health Services.
- When the behavior is best handled through typical classroom management techniques.
- When it is clearly a case of student misconduct best handled through the usual channels (Dean, VPSS, Title IX Officer).
- When the student does not appear to pose a danger to self or others but would benefit from being referred to personal counseling.
- When a student is in need of community resources (i.e., housing, food, financial).
- When the threatening behavior is immediate and direct call Campus Police at (209) 386-6600 and/or 911.
- Faculty, staff, students or community members can make a referral to their area director or dean for review and discussion. If the student is a threat to themselves or another, immediately contact Campus Police at (209) 386-6600 or call 911.
- The area director or dean will assess the situation and will determine appropriate referral to services or to the BIT.
- The area director or dean will complete an online Behavioral Case Review Form at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?MercedCCD&layout_id=100
- BIT will address every report that is brought to the committee and someone from the team will get back to the reporting party as soon as possible.
- Intervention by BIT Members typically involves handling confidential information, so those who file a report will not necessarily know the entire resolution.
- A report outlining the referral information is generated within Maxient, and is distributed to designated BIT members.
- BIT members gather more information and make a plan for the student.
- A BIT member will follow up with whoever gave the initial report within the limits of any confidential information.
Jose A Serena Jr.Dean Student Equity and SuccessStudent Services