Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 3: Student Affairs

03:05:15   Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment

Related Policies

 06:04:00 Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Committee

 06:04:01 Care Team Subcommittee

 06:42:00 Safe Campus Committee

 07:02:00 Safe Campus  

 TBR Policy Behavioral Intervention Teams 07:02:00:00      

Purpose

The Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (BITA) Committee shall serve as Northeast State’s central point of contact for threat assessments but is not a punitive or disciplinary board. The focus shall be on behaviors of concern and the determination of positive resolutions. The committee shall be responsible for the following:

  • reviewing referrals from the Report Behaviors of Concern online system;
  • responding to reports of disruptive, problematic, or concerning behavior or misconduct;
  • identifying behaviors of concern affecting an individual's well-being, the well-being of others, or the welfare of campus;
  • investigating student and employee behavioral issues;
  • performing threat assessments;
  • determining the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification, and response;
  • deploying college and community resources to students and employees experiencing behavioral issues; and
  • maintaining a system for tracking behavioral issues.

BITA assessments shall not replace or supersede any state or federal laws regarding public safety and law enforcement. 

The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association’s (NaBITA) Threat Assessment Tool shall be utilized to determine risk to the college community. Through this threat assessment matrix, the College’s BITA team shall convene to investigate reports, review data, and determine next steps, including referrals to a Care Team of college and community professionals.

 Reporting Behaviors of Concern

Northeast State encourages all members of the college community to report behaviors of concern. Such notifications enable the BITA Committee to intervene when necessary, offer referrals to campus and community resources, and identify patterns or systematic problems related to misconduct. Northeast State has developed an online mechanism to report behaviors of concern in addition to direct reports to the Northeast State Police Department. The Report Behaviors of Concern online system is designed to enable students, faculty, and staff to voluntarily report behaviors of concern and incidents of misconduct using the Behavior of Concern Submission Form.

Reports may be submitted anonymously. 

Behaviors of concern shall be defined as those behaviors that seem questionable, suspicious, or inappropriate to the situation. Behaviors that go beyond what is normal for the situation may be presented through an individual’s notable change in appearance, spoken or written words, or specific actions.

 Examples of situational behaviors of concern that should be reported: 

  • Disruptive behaviors which regularly interfere with the classroom environment or management (e.g., belligerent behavior or improper use of technology)
  • Repeated academic misconduct
  • Repeated violations of NeSCC Policies and Procedures
  • Notable change in academic performance (poor or inconsistent preparation)
  • Excessive class absences
  • Notable change in behavior or appearance
  • Impairment of thoughts (verbal or written)
  • Poor decision-making and coping skills
  • Inappropriate or strange behavior
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Lack of resiliency (ability to recover from a stressful event)
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Lack of empathy and concern for others (inability to care)
  • Flat affect (severe reduction in emotional expressiveness) or extreme lack of responsiveness
  • Appearance of being overly nervous, tense, or tearful
  • Overreaction to circumstances
  • Paranoia
  • Anger management problems
  • Overly aggressive behaviors toward others (inability to set limits or re-direct focus) 

Examples of emergency behaviors that may require immediate intervention and should be reported to the Northeast State Police Department directly at 423.677.7927 (emergency cell) or by calling 9-1-1: 

  • Criminal Activities
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Hazing / Bullying
  • Disappearances, kidnappings, or missing persons
  • Harassment (all categories)
  • Hate Crime
  • Acts motivated by hatred or discrimination
  • Incidents of alcohol, drug, or substance abuse
  • Writings and comments endorsing violence (unusual interest in violence) that convey clear intentions to harm self or to harm others
  • Indirect or direct threats to others (writings, verbalizations, or actions)
  • Threatening online postings on D2L, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other social media sites
  • Self-injurious behaviors (e.g., cutting or burning)
  • Suicidality or the expression of suicidal thoughts, including:
    • Attempts
    • Gestures (e.g., giving away belongings, erasing a hard drive, or making a point of saying “goodbye”)
    • Ideation – “I’ve thought about killing myself.” or “You'd be better off without me.”
    • Threats – “I’m going to kill myself.” or “I’m going to jump off the roof.” or “I’m going to slit my wrists.”
    • Visit www.NortheastState.edu/SuicidePrevention for more information.

Records Management

BITA Committee members shall utilize the Report Behaviors of Concern online system and the Behavior of Concern Submission Form to track contacts, reports, progress, and potential threat issues. The Vice President for Student Affairs shall maintain the online reporting system, forms, and any additional supporting items in a secure environment.



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Revision History: May 2017, July 2017