Welcome to the Behavior Intervention Team Website
If this is an EMERGENCY, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
This report is for non-emergencies, and, for reporting purposes after a 911 call is made.
This Behavior Intervention Form is to be used for reporting an individual whose behavior interferes with the academic instruction, day-to-day operations of the college, may be in personal crisis, or is perceived as a safety concern to themselves, others, or property.
What is the Behavior Intervention Team?
The Joliet Junior College Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) has been established as a part of the College Campus Violence Prevention Plan and shall operate under the auspices of the JJC Campus Violence Prevention Committee. The primary purpose for the establishment of the BIT (hereafter referred to as Team) is to create an interdisciplinary alliance of College departments with the focus on a caring, preventative, early intervention with individuals whose behavior is disruptive or concerning. In addition, the team investigates reports of potential or real violence that have occurred or potentially may occur within the College community. The College recognizes the importance of interdepartmental communication in helping to identify and respond to such acts of violence against self or others.
- The purpose of the team is to:
- Educate the campus community about behaviors of concern and reporting procedures.
- Provide guidance to faculty, staff, administration and students in assisting individuals who display concerning, disruptive, or disturbing behaviors.
- Serve as the “Centralized Collection” point of information that addresses a spectrum of risks from a position of care and concern.
- Identify patterns of behaviors from multiple sources that suggest a need for intervention.
- Review all referred incidents of actual or potential violence, as soon as reasonably possible: It is recognized that some referrals, by their very nature, will require immediate review and response while others may be dealt with during regular Team meetings.
- Early intervention to assist individuals with supportive services and referrals to outside agencies to help with needs and stressors that are impacting their behavior and success.
- Assess levels of threat and risk and determine the most appropriate response to ensure safety for the individual, as well as, the campus community. The Team will use a fact based assessment process to determine if a threat or risk exists and to develop an appropriate plan of action. Action plans should take into consideration the potential for incidents of targeted violence to self and others and should be incident specific.
- Take appropriate action to implement the plan and mitigate the danger to the individual and the campus community: The Team shall implement the agreed upon action plan and assure that all necessary follow up and documentation is conducted. Any action plan shall make available, and use as needed, a full range of support services including mental health, crisis management, as well as victim services.
- Conduct follow-up at determined intervals to ensure continued support of referred individual.
- Assess long-term success for interventions.
- Members of the interdisciplinary Team are as follows:
- Dean of Students , Cynthia Vasquez-Barrios - Chair
- Chief of Police , Pete Comanda – Co-Chair
- Vice President of Student Development , Yolanda Isaacs
- Dean of Arts & Sciences , Bette Conkin
- Members of Counseling Staff
- Manager of Student Accommodations & Resources (STaR)
- Coordinator of Student Conduct , Jonathan Feit
- Director of Human Resources , Joyce Coleman
- Faculty Chair of Nursing , Marybeth Luna
- Director of Environmental Health & Safety , Ed Vasil
In addition the Team may call upon others that can be helpful in sharing unique perspectives of the individual in crisis. These individuals may be the Director of Student Activities, Coordinator of Veteran Affairs, Coordinator of Case Management (Dean of Students Office), and the S.A.P. Counselor.
Within the parameters of existing state and federal statutes, the members the Team shall have access to all pertinent records and information, held within each member's department, which would aid the Team in fully investigating, reviewing and determining a course of action to properly resolve incidents reported to the Team. Team files shall be maintained by the Dean of Students.
- Understanding FERPA and BIT:
- FERPA protects the privacy of students' education records. FERPA does not prohibit or in any way restrict a College employee from sharing what they personally observe. In other words, a College 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.
- In addition, if a JJC faculty or staff member notices disturbing content in a student's writing or artwork, the faculty member should refer this to the BIT. Although the student's writing or art work would likely be an education record protected by FERPA, FERPA authorizes school officials (such as faculty) to disclose education records, without the student's consent, to other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in those records. Since the BIT is responsible for identifying, responding to, and supporting at-risk JJC students while simultaneously attending to the needs of the JJC community, the members of the BIT would have a legitimate educational interest in examining the student's writing or artwork.
- Protecting student privacy is a high priority of the BIT. Records and proceedings of the BIT are kept confidential and shared only on a "need to know" basis in a manner that is consistent with College policy and the College's obligations under applicable laws, including FERPA.
Employees of the college are directed to cooperate with investigations conducted by the Team.
- What happens to a Behavioral Report once submitted
- A report is submitted is entered into a secure database
- Chair/Dean of Students reviews report
- Notification goes out to team members to gather information about the referred individual
- Reporting party may be contacted for additional information
- Referred individual is contacted to meet within 24 hours of report
- A meeting is called in critical case reports to evaluate level of risk and a course of action is developed
- Potential Outcomes of Reports
- Recommend no action, pending further observation/monitoring
- Assist faculty, staff, administration in developing a plan of action, including who to assist referred individual
- Refer individual to existing on-campus support services
- Continued monitoring meetings with a case manager
- Refer individual to appropriate community resources
- Mandated mental health assessment
- Transport to emergency services
- Refer student for Code of Conduct violations in situations where only necessary
- Interim suspension where serious threats of harm to college community
Click to download BIT forms and documents:
Taking a caring, educational and proactive approach to campus civility, safety and student advocacy.
The Behavioral Intervention Team acts as a "centralized collection" point of information that addresses a spectrum of risks from a position of care and concern: Potential targeted violence; Harm to self; Concerning behaviors; Unexpected changes in academic & personal well-being; Odd, disturbing or disruptive behaviors; and Provides guidance to campus offices/entities with regard to student success and safety. Pick up this SOS Card from the Dean of Students or Photo I.D. and keep this contact card on your person in cases of emergency and referral to B.I.T.