Behavioral Intervention Team
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College cares about the safety and wellbeing of students, employees, and campus visitors. The purpose of Cincinnati State’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to support and maintain a safe environment focused on student learning and development. To accomplish this, our multi-disciplinary BIT receives referrals from faculty, staff, and students in response to concerning behaviors. The team performs risk management and practices collaborative, community-centered interventions.
The Behavioral Intervention Team also discusses general information related to the health and safety of our college community. The team is proactive in its mission of supporting a productive learning environment.
Reasons For Reporting
You should report a concern when you witness someone exhibiting behaviors that pose a threat to safety or that cause a significant disruption to the Cincinnati State community.
If you believe your concerns require immediate attention, please call Campus Police at 513-569-1558 (or 1558 from campus phones). If the severity of the situation warrants it, please call 911 first and then call Campus Police.
Why should I be concerned?
Sometimes, an informal approach can resolve a problematic behavioral incident. Other times disruptive conduct is of an intensity or chronicity that warrants additional intervention. Actions that are disruptive or dangerous can be expressed across time and situation; what appears to be an isolated event may be an opportunity for early intervention. The college community plays a vital role in protecting the safety and integrity of our learning community by use of appropriate referral services.
What should I be concerned about?
Here are examples of behaviors that interfere with a productive learning environment for self or others and/or threaten safety:
- Disturbing conduct such as aggression, yelling uncontrollably, slamming things, or being excessively argumentative
- Threats or reports of harm to others or property
- Carrying, displaying, or talking excessively and inappropriately about weapons
- Suicidal threats, attempts, or acts of self-harm such as burning or cutting
- Intimidating behaviors such as bullying, harassment, or stalking
- Inappropriate touching, sexually charged language, or assault
- Changes in behavior that suggest psychological disturbance such as unusual withdrawal or abrupt mood change
- Any behaviors or language (written or verbal) that causes fear for safety
Who can report a concern?
All members of the college community, including students, employees, and campus visitors, can report a concern regarding any observed distressing, disturbing, or disruptive behavior.
How do I report a concern?
To report a concern click here
What happens after I report a concern?
BIT members meet regularly (including during the summer) to review reports. Due to the nature of some reports, the Senior Director of Student Success & Development, or their designee, may provide a response before the next scheduled BIT meeting.
During meetings, the BIT (team) members will evaluate the information provided and decide about next steps. All action plans will be based on the facts provided and take into consideration the potential for future disruption. Information is shared on a “need to know” basis to assist in the assessment, investigation, and resolution of problematic behaviors. The Behavioral Intervention Team will coordinate follow-up with the appropriate individuals and services. Every effort is made to preserve the privacy and dignity of those involved while working to protect campus safety.
As the person who reports a concern, you should expect to hear from a BIT member regarding the concern. However, you may not be privy to all details in the action plan. You may contact the Senior Director of Student Success and Student Development with questions or to get information on supports and resources.
BIT interventions range widely from immediate de-escalation to connecting with supports such as counseling or making referrals to community resources. If a report indicates imminent and credible risk to individual or campus safety, the campus police or other designated personnel will take immediate action for threat mitigation.
Who is on BIT?
- Nick Balle, MSW, LSW, Chair/Instructor – Human & Social Services and Addiction Studies
- Heather Hatchett, PhD Professor/ Department Chair of Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Soni Hill, Senior Director of Student Success & Student Development
- Dan Reid, Chief of Police – Cincinnati State
- Falonda Rogers, MBA, MHR Director of Human Resources
- Eric Smith, MS, LSW, CTRP Triage Coordinator of the Counseling Center