Since the Virginia Tech shootings and other school violence events, many colleges and universities have developed plans and systems to enhance safety and security. The BIT team is established as part of that effort at Clover Park Technical College.
The CPTC Behavioral Intervention Team is a multidisciplinary team that meets on a regular basis to review and respond to reports of student behavior that may pose a threat of self-harm or the College Community. BIT exists to proactively identify, intervene and respond to student behaviors that cause others concern and/or fear that the student(s) poses a danger to self, others or the college community.
Anyone in the college community should report concerns about unusual or threatening behavior by students by submitting a Referral Form even if such a behavior is not perceived as a direct threat or an immediate danger. For example, sometimes people may be thinking about harming themselves. This could include suicidal thoughts or actions. Or sometimes people might act erratically, disrupting classes or events or exhibit behavior that could potentially be threatening to self or others.
If a student shows evidence of immediate harm to self or others, (e.g. weapon in hand, direct statement of clear intention), call 9-911 and then call CPTC Security at 253-589-5682.
The BIT team consists of representatives from Counseling, Student Conduct, Disability Resources for Students, Instruction and Student Success. Team members review all reports, consult with others and take action or make referrals as appropriate.
Anyone who feels a student’s behavior is a “red flag” that could potentially indicate a threat to self or others can make a BIT referral. This includes students, faculty, staff and other community members.
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Please Note: BIT is not meant to replace standard classroom management strategies or usual college resources and services like Counseling, Student Conduct, Disability Resources for Student or other resources. If you have a concern about possible threat of harm to self or others, refer to BIT.
Contact a Behavioral Intervention Team member who will connect you with the designated BIT screener for that time period by calling 253-589-5522 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org