• Student Engagement and Retention



    Behavior Intervention Team

    Del Mar College has established a Behavior Intervention Team (BIT Team) to address situations where students may be exhibiting disruptive, threatening or worrisome behaviors that have the potential to impede their own academic progress, or that has the potential to impede the ability of others to function successfully or safely. 

    The BIT Team is Del Mar College behavioral intervention team for students of concern and is coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement and Retention under the Division of Student Affairs.

    What is the purpose of the BIT? 

    Purpose This Team has been established to:

    • Respond to possible circumstances of violence or threatening behavior;

    • Respond quickly to behavior indicating a potential risk to self or others;

    • Determine if a realistic threat is present and act accordingly;

    • Coordinate and assess information from faculty, administrators, students and local authorities;

    • Notify, within FERPA guidelines, parents, guardians and/or next-of kin;

    • Identify resources for troubled students and make referrals to appropriate campus and off-campus agencies, including helping with the securing of therapeutic actions such as treatment or counseling;
    • Periodically assess outcomes of actions taken 

    The BIT Team 

    The BIT Team consists of College personnel with expertise in law enforcement, threat assessment, academic affairs, and student affairs. Whenever possible a collaborative process will be used to assess the perceived threat. A core team of key campus leaders will generally comprise the BIT Team, and a secondary support team will be available as needed to assist with the investigation and assessment of a situation. Other individuals may also be consulted such as a faculty member who has a concern about a student. Generally when investigating a possible student threat four members of the core team – to be chaired by the representative from the Student Engagement and Retention Office – will be assembled to manage the investigation and make a determination regarding the level of threat. The BIT Team will meet on an emergency basis and as needed to review reports brought forward by faculty, staff, and students concerning disruptive, inappropriate, and/or threatening behavior. 

    To make a referral, need more information or consultation, please contact Diana Ortega-Feerick, Assistant Dean of Students at 361-698-1277.

    The BIT is not designed to deal with cases of immediate threat to the safety of students and/or the campus community.  In these cases, contacted Del Mar College Security immediately at 361-698-1199.   Any situation not deemed to be imminent, yet still of concern should be reported to the Dean of Student Engagement and Retention office at 698-1277

    Student in Crisis Faculty and Staff Guide: Behavior Intervention Team 

    Faculty and Staff Resources