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Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

About BIT  |   Reporting  |  Identifying at Risk Students 

North Arkansas College is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.  Northark is dedicated to be a place where individuals are free to work, learn and teach. Therefore, the college has established the BIT. The team has been charged with upholding policies and maintaining a healthy and safe environment for the college community.

The Behavioral Intervention Team is a cross-functional assessment group that will respond to individuals in apparent/potential distress.

Mission Statement:  BIT provides proactive assessment and intervention to individuals who are exhibiting concerning behaviors, both to support students and assist faculty/staff.

The BIT will provide confidential, respectful, proactive support; while offering resources and balancing the educational needs of students with the mission of Northark.

Objectives of BIT

  •   Review information from faculty, staff, students and/or community members; conduct investigation to determine appropriate response.
  •   Intervene early.  Provide support and response to individuals displaying varying levels of disruptive, disturbed or distressed behaviors.
  •   Centralize collection and assessment of concerning student behaviors. Evaluate disparate problematic actions involving one student that may be known to various faculty, staff and administrators.
  •   Coordinate follow-up.  Ensure that services, support and resources are deployed effectively.
  •   Utilize a formalized protocol of instructions for communication, coordination and intervention.
  •   Balance FERPA, HIPAA and counselor privilege with college need-to-know and emergency communication needs.
  •   Coordinate actions:  psychological assessment, conduct actions, disability services, hospitalization and/or medical leave/withdrawal, as needed.

BIT is not meant to take the place of standard classroom management techniques utilized by faculty.  Implementation of this team does not alter any existing student conduct policies.  The purpose of BIT is to provide a central reporting system concerning student behavior and encourages early intervention.

If you have any further questions or need to refer a student please complete the Student Concern form or call 870-391-3204.