Behavior Intervention Team

Behavior Intervention Team

Del Mar College established a Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) to address situations where students may exhibit violent, threatening, disruptive or worrisome behaviors that my impact campus security and safety.  BIT members assess situations that impede academic progress or the ability of others to function safely and successfully. 

The BIT is coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement and Retention under the Division of Student Affairs.

What is the Role of the BIT?

BIT Role:
  • 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 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, and a secondary support team will be available as needed to assist with the investigation and assessment of a situation. Other individuals, such as a faculty member who has expressed concern about a student, may also be consulted.

When investigating a potential threat, four members of the core team – to be chaired by the representative from the Student Engagement and Retention Office – will assemble to manage the investigation and make a determination regarding the level of threat. The BIT will meet on an emergency or as needed basis to review reports of concerning, disruptive, inappropriate, and/or threatening behavior brought forward by faculty, staff, and/or students.  

For more information, consultation or to make a referral, contact Rita Hernandez, Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and Retention 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 361-698-1277.

Page last updated November 18, 2020.