Behavioral Intervention Team
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) evaluates and addresses student behavior that may be cause for concern and coordinates resources on campus to intervene and provide support to students. The team includes a multidisciplinary group of administrators who meet regularly to identify patterns and trends in individual or group behavior and address incidents that may impact a student's well being. Assistance is provided to students experiencing stressful or difficult situations while also taking the needs of the greater campus community into consideration. Each case is managed individually, with resources coordinated to ensure comprehensive response, care and follow up.
The team does not oversee student conduct, policies or procedures as defined in the Student Handbook. Student conduct policy concerns should be directed to the associate dean of students. In addition, the team does not manage immediate/emergency threats to an individual or group. In the case of an emergency, call the Office of Safety and Security at (401) 341-2325 or 911.
- Meet monthly to review possible concerns, as well as on an "as needed" basis when concerns are identified.
- Assess concern, explore outcomes and implement a plan.
- Detailed records regarding concern, plans and outcomes are held in a case management system.
- All members will use discretion, and all information discussed in meetings remains within the team unless necessary to notify or consult with others. The safety of the individual and community has priority over privacy.
Faculty and staff are responsible for reporting behavior that could potentially harm a member or members of the Salve Regina community. Any concerning information received through email, electronic class postings, listservs, blogs, assignments, social media or similar sources should be reported.
Common Signs of Distress
- Missing class, falling asleep in class or missed exams
- Dramatic change in energy level, personality, mood or behavior
- Significant changes in weight or hygiene
- Noticeable physical signs such as cuts, bruises or burns
- Expressions of hopelessness, fear or worthlessness (in assignments or papers)
It is not uncommon for a student to have an "off day," and a student may display one of these signs in isolation. However, if a student is continually displaying the signs above, or similar signs, it is best to take caution and discuss your concerns. A simple check-in can be made with the student to better understand a situation, or concerns can be discussed with a Behavioral Intervention Team member/administrator.