Behavioral Intervention Team

Mission

The Gallaudet University Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), a subgroup of the University Crisis Leadership Team (CLT), is a proactive forum that facilitates communication and collaboration across campus units, departments, and divisions to support students in need. BIT addresses the physical and social welfare of all students, thereby, creating a culture and climate of respect and safety in the university community. The team provides information, intervention, and referrals to those confronted with threatening or disruptive situations.

BIT does not replace other Gallaudet programs and services that provide support for students of concern, but will act in collaborative relationships with them and will share information as needed.

Any member of the community can make a report by filling out this form.

Reports can be made to BIT with specific concerns or to share warning signs of a potentially disruptive student or a student currently in distress.  The following are some examples (not inclusive) of concerns that the BIT can address:

Examples of concerns

  • Threats of harm to self
  • Threats of harm to others
  • Self-mutilation
  • Problems with self-care/hygiene
  • Drug and alcohol misuse or abuse
  • Stalking
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • Disruptive classroom behavior

How to address a concern

Most students are familiar with campus resources and seek help on their own.  However, for those who are troubled and reluctant to seek help, you can do the following:

1)   Share your concerns about their well-being and your desire to help

2)   Recommend specific campus services

3)   Determine the student's willingness to go to a helping resource.  Reassure the student that such services are confidential and it is a myth that only weak or "crazy" students go for counseling or ask for help

4)   Offer to help make the initial contact with the resource and/or walk with the student to the specific campus service

5)   Check in with the student at a later date to show your continued support

Immediate threat to health/safety

If you see or are confronted with aggressive and/or threatening behavior or other situations that require immediate attention, contact:

Department of Public Safety

(202) 651-5555 (VP/voice)

(202) 651-5444 (TTY)

dps@gallaudet.edu (pager)

Emotional behavior

If you observe or have contact with a student who needs to talk to someone or who is experiencing a psychological or emotional crisis, contact:

Mental Health Center (9 am - 5 pm)

(202) 651-6080 (TTY/voice)  

(202) 250-2065 (VP)

Department of Public Safety (after MHC hours)

(202) 651-5555 (VP/voice)

(202) 651-5444 (TTY)  

dps@gallaudet.edu (pager)

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