Behavioral Intervention Team

What Happens Afterwards?

After a Referral is made…

Dean of Students staff may contact the individual who filed the report to discuss the concern.  Staff will reach out to the referred student to schedule an initial appointment to assess the primary concerns and develop an appropriate action plan.  This will include identifying what resources would be beneficial to the student and assist in coordinating access to those services.  Staff will follow up with the student to monitor progress.  Depending upon the circumstances, the referring person may or may not receive specific information about the student's action plan.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA protects the privacy of students' education records.  Submitting a referral to the BIT staff does not violate student privacy rights.  FERPA does not prohibit or in any way restrict a University employee from sharing what they personally observe.  In other words, a University employee would not violate FERPA by advising BIT of what he or she saw or heard when directly interacting with a student, when observing a student interact with others, or when otherwise observing a student's behavior or demeanor.  As a reminder, all faculty and staff are mandated reporters with the exception of those covered by HIPPA.

Assistance & Resources

Faculty and staff are encouraged to access several resources that may help them proactively address students of concerns.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The CAPS staff is readily available to consult with faculty and staff as needed.   For guidance on when and how to refer a student to CAPS, please visit the CAPS websiteOpens in new window   or call (657) 278-3040. 

In addition, faculty and staff are encouraged to download and review, “Helping Student in Distress: A Faculty and Staff Guide for Assisting Students in Need."PDF File Opens in new window   This guide provides strategies on interacting with and providing assistance to students.

Red Folder

Faculty and staff should also refer to the CSU Red FolderPDF File Opens in new window resource that appears on their desktop. This pdf file is a quick guide on how to assist students in distress.

BIT Goals:

To lead a collaborative multidisciplinary effort that promotes health and safety for all members of the campus community;

To develop strategies that best utilize campus and community resources to assist students, faculty, and staff and provide early intervention for problem behaviors;

To be a resource for students, faculty, staff and administrators;

To generate training and awareness programs for all members of the CSUF campus