Under the leadership of the Dean of Students, the CSUF Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) serves as the centralized body for discussion and coordinated action regarding disruptive, problematic, or concerning student behavior.
The BIT team responds to non-emergency concerns and uses a proactive approach to discuss potential problems, intervene early, and develop appropriate courses of action for referred students. The goal is to support students who may be in distress or whose behavior is of concern to others before they rise to crisis levels.
The BIT team shares membership with Title IX, Workplace Violence, and Threat Assessment committees and is thus tasked with sharing information regarding crisis situations and cases.
Core membership of BIT is made of staff representatives from:
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Dean of Students Office the CSUF Cares and Student Conduct teams
- Disability Support Services
- University Police
The Behavioral Intervention Team can also include members from Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Diversity, and Inclusion; International Programs, University Legal Counsel, Housing and Residential Engagement, Title IX, and Extended Education, among others. Staff from these departments may be invited to attend a BIT meeting for consultation and assessment to address or resolve certain referrals.
BIT Responsibilities and Services
Ad-hoc Consultation and Assessment
The BIT meets bi-weekly to consult on, assess, and triage referrals for students who display troubling or worrisome behaviors. This function includes the following:
- Gather and analyze information
- Assess needs of those impacted
- Determine and implement plans for individuals of concern, including both immediate and ongoing strategies
- Provide and make referrals for advice, support, and assistance.
Follow-up and Reporting
Staff follows up on referrals and reports outcomes to BIT and appropriate staff. The BIT generates an annual report that includes pertinent data about the types of cases and referrals made each academic year.
Case and Policy Review
The BIT reviews various cases, discusses policy and protocol implications, and makes recommendations to administrators.
The BIT develops and implements training material for faculty and staff.