Behavioral Intervention Team
The purpose of the Walla Walla University Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to evaluate and address student behavior that may be inappropriate or concerning, and to coordinate the resources of the university and surrounding community to intervene and provide reasonable supports.
In order to promote the safety and health of all WWU student, the BIT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and/or perceived as a threat to themselves or others in order to help protect the health, safety and welfare of the students and members of the University campus. The BIT serves as the centralized, coordinated body for discussion and action regarding student exhibiting suicidal, self-injurious and other behaviors which might pose a threat to student and/or others in the University community. The goal of the BIT is to aid in developing support plans to encourage student health, well-being and academic success by an active process of threat assessment and behavioral intervention.
The Behavioral Intervention Team consists of a multi-disciplinary group of WWU faculty, staff and administrators whose mission is to:
- Provide a structured, positive method for addressing student behaviors that impact the University community and may involve mental health and/or safety issues
- Meet regularly to support students by identifying patterns, trends and disturbances in the behavior of an individual or group
- Evaluate the nature of a reported behavior or incident to assess level or risk
- Determine appropriate course of action to respond to a behavioral concern and initiate intervention or response to prevent a situation from escalating further
- Coordinate resources and follow-up to ensure comprehensive response and care
- Manage each case individually
- Balance the individual needs of the student and those of the greater campus community
Any member of the University community who has reason to believe that a student may pose a direct threat to him/herself or others may report the concern by contacting the assistant vice president/dean of student at (509) 527-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.