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    STUDENT BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TEAM (SBIT)

    The SBIT Mission:  

    To proactively build and sustain the college community with a comprehensive, collaborative team that identifies behaviors that are a risk of harm to self or others;

    • To balance the educational needs of the student and the academic mission of the College
    • To balance the individual needs of the student of concern and those of the greater campus community;
    • To provide a structured positive and effective method for addressing student behaviors that impact the college community and may involve mental health and/or safety issues;
    • To manage each case individually;
    • To initiate appropriate intervention without resorting to punitive measures;
    • To eliminate “fragmented care” and communication; and
    • To be a resource for students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
       

    The Objectives:
    To address student behavior not addressed by an existing agency of the LaGCC

    • To develop and review policy which addresses aberrant or threatening student behavior;
    • To provide educational and training opportunities for College departments about managing aberrant, aggressive or threatening student behavior;
    • To gather information about select situations and to assess the need for intervention;
    • To gather information about select situations, provide confidential data storage for longitudinal tracking of student behavioral patterns, to assess and evaluate the need for preventive intervention;
    • To provide support for academic and College departments in dealing with difficult student behavioral situations; and
    • To make recommendations to the Dean for Student Affairs; the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development, the President, etc., with regard to special student situations and aberrant student behavior.
  •  Can I submit an anonymous report?
    • Yes, but remaining anonymous can pose an obstacle if SBIT needs additional information to help a student in need. Therefore, we would like to have your contact information in case we need additional information.

     How do I refer a Student to SBIT?

    There are 2 ways…

    • Use the Incident Report button on the SBIT website or call the SBIT Core Group dedicated telephone (TBD)

    OR

    • Call LaGCC Public safety at (718) 482-5555.

     I am not sure if this is a SBIT issue---What should I Do
    • You do not have to make the determination; the SBIT will do it for you! The most critical step is that you report it. If another campus resource is more appropriate, the SBIT will refer the student and handle the transfer information.
    • Typically, behaviors that pose a threat to safety or that cause a significant community disruption qualify as "SBIT".

     What happens after I report a student to SBIT?
    • SBIT may contact you in order to get additional information and/or other crucial details.
    • If SBIT decides the student of concern is appropriate for SBIT, the student will be instructed to undergo an assessment at the Counseling office.
    • The type of assessment is dependent on the behavior. Students are generally required to undergo a minimum of 4 sessions of assessment by the Counseling staff.

     What information do I provide?

    Reporters should classify their report by the following risk or "alert scale":

    Mild Risk
    Likely the result of some disruption. Student not distressed.
    No threat made or present.

    Alert Scale:

    Moderate Risk 

    • Likely the result of more involved or repeated disruption or low level of distress.
    • Possible threat made or present.
    • Threat is vague and indirect.
    • Information about threat or threat itself is inconsistent, implausible or lacks detail.
    • Threat lacks realism.
    • Content of threat suggests threatener is unlikely to carry it out.

    Elevated Risk 

    • Seriously disruptive incident(s)
    • Student exhibiting clear distress
    • Threat made or present
    • Threat made is vague and indirect, but may be repeated or shared with multiple reporters
    • Information about threat or threat itself is inconsistent, implausible or lacks detail
    • Threat lacks realism, or is repeated with variations
    • Content of threat suggests threatener is unlikely to carry it out.

    Severe Risk 

    • Student is not merely disruptive or distressed, but is disturbed
    • Threat made or is present
    • Threat is vague, but direct, or specific but indirect
    • Likely to be repeated or shared with multiple reporters
    • Information about threat or threat itself is consistent, plausible or includes increasing detail of a plan (time, place, target, etc.)
    • Threat is plausible, or is repeated with consistency (may try to convince listener they are serious)
    • Content of threat suggests threatener may carry it out.
    • Acts of violence or directed disruptive behavior

    Extreme Risk 

    • Student is dysregulated (way off baseline)
    • Threat made or present
    • Threat is concrete (specific or direct)
    • Likely to be repeated or shared with multiple reporters
    • Information about threat or threat itself is consistent, plausible or includes specific detail of a plan (time, place, target, etc.) often with steps already taken
    • Threat is plausible, or is repeated with consistency
    • Content of threat suggests threatener will carry it out (reference to weapons, means, resources, etc.)
    • Threatener may appear detached;
    • Act of violence with contact to public and self.
     What should I Report to SBIT?

    Behavior which is perceived to be threatening and/or harmful to the student or others of the College Community, including: 

    • Unusual or erratic behavior in class
    • Extended absence from class by a typically engaged student
    • Written class work with troubling themes or references
    • Verbal or written threats made by a student toward another student, faculty or staff
    • Verbal or written expressions of suicide ideation
    • Extreme rudeness or insubordination to university officials, staff, faculty or administrators or other students
    • Classroom disruption
    • Other actions which cause an alarm or call into question the safety of the student or their peers.

     Who can make a SBIT Referral?

    Anyone who feels a student is a threat to themselves and/or the college community can make a SBIT referral; including students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, and other community members.


     Will my name be revealed to the student I am concerned about?
    • If you prefer that your name not be revealed to the student you are concerned about, it will be kept confidential.  
    • In some cases, the information you provide will only be known to you and so the student you are concerned about may know its source. The team will always discuss this matter with you before taking any action that would make your identity known.

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