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Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) at Lake Michigan College


To File a BIT Referral-Student Conduct/Concerning Behavior:

If you wish to report an incident that involves a behavioral issue, improper conduct, threatening behavior or is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct concerning a student, please click this link.

When in doubt, call 6-911 from campus phones, but always call 9-911 if the incident or emergency is life threatening.


Purpose:

Lake Michigan College is concerned with the safety, health, and well-being of its students, faculty, staff, and community. The Behavioral Intervention Team's responsibility is to identify and coordinate services or intervention strategies for a broad range of troubling student behaviors, including but not limited to mental illness, substance abuse, and disruptive conduct. The use of behavioral intervention teams is a sound method for identifying and responding to distressed students in educational settings. The BIT has been charged with upholding College policies and maintaining a healthy environment for the College.

The BIT convenes meetings once per month and provides administrators, faculty, staff and students with one place to report their concerns about a student's behavior, which might pose a threat to students and/or others in the College community.

Campus Safety should always be called first in any emergency, dial 9-911 if life threatening or 6-911 for non -emergencies from campus phones.


BIT Membership:

  • Vice-President Administrative Services/Special Assistant to President, Co-Chair
  • Vice President, Student Services, Co-Chair
  • Executive Director, Facilities Management
  • Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Discipline
  • Director of Public Safety/Evening Administrator
  • Director, Student Life
  • Math, PE and Wellness Department Chair
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Director, Student Services, Bertrand Crossing Campus
  • Director, Student Services, South Haven Campus
  • Student Senate Member
  • Assistant Director, Human Resources
  • Director, Student Resource Center

*Bold=Core team members who respond to daily routine behavioral issues
*BIT meets once per month on Wednesdays.


Protocol:

Members of the Lake Michigan College community may refer students of concern to the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) using Maxient’s Conduct Manager System. This product is a comprehensive software program that allows us to electronically manage our student conduct processes, from initial submission of incident reports and storage of supporting materials like photos and audio, to hearing a case, tracking sanctions, sending letters, and through follow up.

The process is initiated with the submission of a Behavioral Report, which is completed via an electronic incident form generated by the Maxient System. The form will require a narrative of the behavior of concern you have witnessed. See submission instructions below.

Designated members of the BIT receive an email and/or text message, depending on the urgency of the report. Once BIT members receive a Behavioral Report the team will discuss the reported concern. The BIT then determines if any intervention is needed, and monitors the intervention. Although the action/outcome will depend on the situation, the BIT will intervene in support of the person of concern, as well as in support of the college policies and procedures. Students may be referred to the Executive Dean of Student Services for disciplinary action or to the Student Resource Center for mental health issues. At meetings, updates are given about each case.

If you believe the student or community is in immediate danger, please call 6911 from campus phones, but as always, call 9-911 if the incident or emergency is life threatening. BIT is not a crisis response team but acts in a proactive manner to assist students once identified and acts to prevent violence on campus.


Reasons for BIT Referral-Student Conduct/Concerning Behavior Form

  • Self-injurious behavior/suicidal ideation or attempt Behaviors include, but are not limited to: talk of suicide or suicidal action
  • Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of college students, faculty, staff, or community. Behaviors include, but are not limited to: threats of a weapon on campus, significant inappropriate disruption to community, potential for safety being compromised.
  • Hospital transport for alcohol and drug use/abuse


Understanding FERPA and BIT:

  • FERPA protects the privacy of students' education records. FERPA does not phohibit or in any way restrict a College employee from sharing what they personally observe. In other words, a College employee would not violate FERPA by advising BIT of what he or she saw or heard when directly interacting with a student, when observing a student interact with others, or when otherwise observing a student's behavior or demeanor.
  • In addtion, if a LMC faculty member notices disturbing content in a student's writing or artwork, the faculty member should refer this to the BIT. Although the student's writing or art work would likely be an education record protected by FERPA, FERPA authorizes school officials such as faculty to disclose education records, without the student's consent, to other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in those records. Since the BIT is responsible for identifying, responding to, and supporting at-risk LMC student while simultaneously attending to the needs of the LMC community, the members of the BIT would have a legitimate educational interest in examining the student's writing or artwork.
  • Protecting student privacy is a high priority of the BIT. Records and proceedings of the BIT are kept confidential and shared only on a "need to know" basis in a manner that is consistent with College policy and the College's obligations under applicable law, including FERPA.
  • For further information regarding FERPA, contact the Office of the Registrar