See Something, Say Something

GHC Behavior Intervention Team (BIT)

Purpose of the Grays Harbor College Behavior Intervention Team

The purpose of the Grays Harbor College Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) is to use collaboration, information collection, risk assessment, and intervention to create a safe campus community. The BIT will provide a means to report and/or to identify and monitor student wellness concerns or behaviors that may be troubling and to engage students sooner, rather than later. Early engagement provides referred students an opportunity to receive resources or other appropriate assistance and intervention, if necessary.
Big image

How to Make a Referral

The on-line Behavioral Concern Report is the most effective referral method as it immediately goes to all BIT members when submitted. The Behavioral Concern Report can be found at:

Referrals may also be made in person, by phone, or email to any member of the team.

Team members include:

Lance James, Campus Security

Jason Hoseney, VP for Student Services

Darin Jones, Chief HR Officer

Brian Shook and Vivian Kaylor, Faculty Counselors

Keith Penner, Chief of Campus Operations

Aaron Tuttle, Student Life Director

What Happens When a Referral is Made?

  • When a referral is submitted to the BIT the team will assess the concern to distinguish between threatening and non-threating cases in order to ensure the safety of the individual of concern, the campus community, and others potentially involved as well as to help resolve the conditions that initiated the wellness concern or inappropriate behavior.

  • Upon evaluation a member of the BIT will contact the individual who initiated the report and/or directly contact the referred student of concern to assess any resources/intervention needed.

  • Some referrals may necessitate a meeting be convened and the team will collaboratively assess the information provided, determine the level of risk, and decide upon the most effective manner/response for that particular student and situation. Any BIT member may call for a meeting at any time to discuss a student concern.

  • In the event that a student is perceived to be at risk of harm to self or others, BIT coordinates with appropriate on and off campus resources to assist the student.

  • BIT may determine that there is no need to take any further action but will monitor the situation and concern.

Concerning Behaviors

A “red flag” or concerning behavior is a questionable, suspicious or inappropriate behavior that may be presented through an appearance, speech, written works, or specific actions and which may cause disruption to the college community.

Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Threats to others

  • Indirect or direct threats in writings or verbalizations

  • Expression of suicidal thoughts or feelings of hopelessness

  • Notable change in behavior or appearance

  • Overly aggressive behavior toward others

  • Self-injurious behaviors

  • Low frustration tolerance

  • Overreaction to circumstances

  • Appearance of being overly nervous, tense or tearful

  • Very unusual, abnormal or disturbing behaviors

Levels of Risk

The NaBITA Assessment Tool is one method of determining risk. The following is a summary of various NaBITA risk levels:

Mild risk – There is no threat to the individual of concern or others. At this level, the situation can generally be resolved by addressing the disruptive or concerning behavior. Counseling and follow-up support may be recommended. Generally, in this situation, the individual can acknowledge the inappropriateness of the behavior and engage in behavior to make amends with the other party. These individuals may be experiencing mental health concerns, but their conduct is not generally in violation with the College’s conduct policies.

Moderate/Elevated risk - At this level, there may be a threat to self or others that could be carried out although there is no evidence that the student has taken preparatory steps. These individuals may be experiencing mental health problems and/or displaying disruptive behaviors.

Severe/Extreme risk – At this level, there appears to be serious danger to the safety of the individual of concern or others, and immediate intervention by BIT and other local resources is required. It appears that specific steps have been made to carry out a plan to harm.

Learn more about NaBITA here: