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

Creating an Online Information Repository

Ozarks Technical Community College’s BIT Website

The Forum recommends that institutions create a dedicated BIT website that is easy to find online and contains key information. Ozarks Technical Community College’s BIT website stands out as a best practice example. It includes a host of key elements such as links to the referral form, a clear statement of purpose, prominent instructions for what to do in an emergency, and links to additional resources.

Once the institution creates a dedicated BIT website, it is very important to drive traffic to it. The Forum suggests that the website be prominently featured in all presentations, supplemental resources, and printed materials. The team should also work with university IT and other units to place prominent hyperlinks on high-traffic sites such as the counseling center, student conduct office, and campus safety.

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Responding to Concerns After Hours

Under the Umbrella of “OTC Cares”