The Behavioral Intervention Team at South Texas College is a highly trained panel of professionals advancing campus safety and collegiality for the South Texas College Community.
The Behavioral Intervention Team at South Texas College is a district wide threat assessment and behavioral intervention team that monitors threats to the campus community and intervenes in the concerning behaviors of all individuals who work at, attend, or who have business with South Texas College. The Teams serves the district-wide community by providing threat assessment, case management, intervention strategies, educational opportunities, and training for all students, faculty and staff.
Behavioral Intervention Team Values
- Student Success
South Texas College endeavors to provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors. When an individual exhibits behavior that is overly aggressive or threatening to others, it is disruptive to the mission of the College and may be indicative of future and potentially escalated threats to the College community. To identify and monitor behaviors of concern the College has instituted the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).
If you would like to make a report to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) you should:
- Log into your JagNet account
- Click on the Student, Faculty or Staff tab at the top of the page.
- Look for and click on the Eye-Witness-Report Icon.
- Complete the Eye-Witness-Report Form
In an emergency your first call should be to 911 or the STC Security Department at 872-4444
As a member of the College community, you are responsible for reporting behavior that is unusual or threatening – even if you do not perceive the risk as immediately dangerous. To report concerns that may not pose immediate threats, use the link above or contact one of the departments below:
Student Conduct Administration: 872-3535
Human Resources: 872-3646
Why Do We Need A BIT?
Legal agencies and research gathered from institutional tragedies strongly support that educational institutions must address campus safety in a much more unified, planned, and proactive manner than ever before. It is no longer acceptable for higher education institutions to not have a centralized campus team and system to help identify individuals in distress early, and connect these individuals with appropriate resources and provide follow-up care.
The BIT coordinates STC’s resources to address the needs of individuals who are experiencing significant behavioral disturbances in order to recommend collaborative and purposeful interventions. The BIT seeks to do away with the “information silos” that exist on campus by sharing information, which allows us to reach individuals who are in distress much sooner.
The mission of the BIT is to assess circumstances, enhance communication, and initiate appropriate responses to specific behavioral problems of students and employees that pose a potential threat to the safety and security of the College community.
The BIT meets frequently to review and assess behaviors of concern. The team will also meet as needed in emergency situations requiring immediate response.
Who Should I Refer?
You should refer individuals who are exhibiting behaviors that pose a threat to safety or that cause a significant disruption to the STC community. Signs to look for include:
- Self-injurious behavior.
- Suicide ideation or attempt.
- Danger or threat to others (violence, threats or implied threats of violence and intimidation).
- Possession of a weapon.
- Inability of an individual to take care of themselves (serious mental health concerns or substance abuse).
- Erratic behavior that is disruptive to the normal proceedings of the College Community.
The South Texas College Security department also offers safety training workshops. For more information contact Paul Varville at (956) 872-2330
What Happens After an Incident is Reported?
The intention of the BIT is not to punish or single-out individuals. The BIT was developed to assist individuals who are in need of guidance or services.
- When a referral is received, the BIT will conduct an inquiry which may include interviewing witnesses and reviewing any supporting documentation.
- Once the initial inquiry is completed, the BIT will conduct a threat assessment using the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool. Acts of targeted violence typically follow a logical progression of behavior (Ideation-Planning-Acquisition-Implementation). Threat Assessment is a systematic process that is designed to identify persons of concern, gather and assess information and develop strategies to manage the situation.
- Once the threat assessment is complete the BIT will determine what action, if any, needs to be taken. The BIT will take into consideration the individual’s best interest as well as the best interest of the College community.
- South Texas College will pursue disciplinary, civil or criminal action as appropriate under the circumstances against any person who engages in violence, threats of violence, or intimidation.
- South Texas College prohibits retaliation against persons who make reports in good faith.
- Individuals who file knowingly false or misleading reports or provide knowingly false or misleading information in an inquiry may face disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the College.