Behavioral Intervention Team
Staff Development Training

Behavioral Intervention Team

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•Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) has established the Behavioral Intervention Team to assist in addressing situations where students, faculty, or staff are displaying behaviors that are disruptive, threatening, or concerning in nature that potentially impede their own or others' ability to function successfully or safely.

•It is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students to immediately report any situation that could possibly result in harm to anyone at the college.

•Any member of the campus community may become aware of a troubling person or situation that is causing serious anxiety, stress, or fear.

Mission Statement

The Behavior Intervention Team is committed to promoting safety via a proactive, coordinated and planned approach to the identification, prevention, assessment, management, and reduction of interpersonal and behavioral threats to the safety and wellbeing of Coastal Pines Technical College students, faculty, staff and visitors.


•Provide a safe physical environment for members of the college community,

•Provide a safe emotional environment for the college community, and

•Promote peace of mind for friends and family of the college community.

BIT TEAM Membership

•Counseling and Special Services Director (Chair)

•Vice President Student Affairs

•Vice President Academic Affairs

•Campus Police Chief

•Human Resources Coordinator

•Student Affairs Director

•Executive Director, Adult Education

•Academic Affairs Coordinator, Camden and Golden Isles

•Student Navigator


Behavioral Intervention Team Web Page

•BIT website:

•Reporting Form:

•BIT Team Email:



When Do I Make a Report?

When you observe:

•Any behavior that raises a concern for a students well-being

•Any behavior that makes you or makes others feel unsafe

•Any behavior that is threatening, disruptive or destructive.


How Do I Make a Report?



What Behaviors Am I Looking For?

Distressed Behavior: Students who may be emotionally troubled and/or affected by situational stressors and traumatic events.

Disturbed or Disruptive Behavior: Students who may be behaviorally disruptive, acting in a bizarre fashion, may be destructive and harmful to others and may be abusing substances.

Self-injurious Behavior: Students who may be suicidal, para-suicidal (extreme cutting, eating disorder), engaging in risk-taking behaviors, may be hostile, aggressive, relationally abusive and may be deficient in skills that regulate emotion, cognition, behavior and relationships.


What Signs Am I Looking For?

Physical Signs

•Significant changes in energy

•Frequent state of intoxication

•Significant weight loss

•Worrisome changes in hygiene

•Noticeable cuts, bruises and burns

•Sleeping in class or at other inappropriate times


What Signs Am I Looking For?

Emotional Signs

•Inappropriate emotional outbursts

•Anger and Hostility

•Direct statements indicating distress

•Expressions of hopelessness or suicide

•Peer concerns for another student

•Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or animated than usual)


What Signs Am I Looking For?

Academic Signs

•Deterioration in academic work

•Disorganized or erratic performance

•Repeated absences and missed assignments

•Ranting or threatening emails

•Continual seeking of special provisions


What Happens Once I Make a Report?

•Once a report is received, the Chair, Campus Police Chief, and the team member having administrative responsibility for the person of concern may conduct a preliminary response meeting.

•Other appropriate team members may be consulted and included during this initial evaluation.

•These team members will conduct an investigation for the submitted report and, if appropriate, convene the TEAM for an Emergency Meeting.

•If the threat is immediate the Campus Police will take over the report.


Recognize and Report

•Observation of behavior by CPTC faculty/staff/student

•Report behavior to BIT team via reporting form, email, phone or in-person or



•Discussion of referred cases or reports by CPTC BIT Chair and Security

•Determine level of risk and concern

•Collaboration with Team Members to develop and confirm a plan of action



Refer to one or more of the following to implement plan of action:

•Student Affairs

•Counseling and Special Services

•Academic Affairs

•Student Code of Conduct

•Title IX and Discrimination

•Disability Services

•Campus Police

•Student Navigator

Review and Revise

•Team discussion of report updates

•Revision of plan or

•Case Deemed Resolved




If you have any questions concerning the BIT Team or it's function please call Cathy Montgomery 912.262.9995 or email

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