Responding to Students of Concern

Best Practices for Behavioral Intervention Teams

Topics: Student Affairs, Student Health and Wellness, Mental Health and Counseling, Student Health Centers, Alcohol and Drug Use, Student Experience, Special Populations, Academic Support Programs

Diagnostic Questions

The following questions are designed to guide members in evaluating their current outreach efforts regarding students of concern. Based on the number of affirmative responses, each member will fall into one of the categories on the opposite page. These categories can be used to identify tactics particularly well-suited to member circumstances. Note: questions should be answered from the perspective of the BIT Chair.

1. Does your institution conduct in-person BIT training at times other than new faculty and staff orientation?
2. Does your BIT create an annual outreach plan to target campus populations that have not received training recently?
3. Do BIT training presentations cover the following key components: how to identify students of concern, the BIT’s mission, directions for emergency situations, and an overview of the referral process?
4. Does your BIT have quick reference materials such as a 911 folder or a highly visible brochure?
5. Does your BIT have a dedicated website with clear instructions on the referral process, team membership, and contact information?
6. Do websites for your institution’s counseling center, student conduct office, dean of students office, and faculty portal include links to the BIT website?
7. Does your BIT send reminders to faculty and staff during high-stress periods such as mid-terms and final exams?
8. Does your BIT review data annually to determine which departments or schools do not make any referrals?

Recalibrating Training Outreach

Understanding Your Current State