We know that IMSA is your home away from home, and to help promote a safe and supportive environment we have created the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), known as the BIT Care Team.
The IMSA BIT Care team is a campus-wide team of appointed Academy personnel responsible for identifying, assessing, and responding to concerns and/or disruptive behaviors by students who struggle academically, emotionally, behaviorally, or psychologically, or who present a risk to the health or safety of the Academy or its members.
What are the goals of this program?
- Provide a safe and supportive physical and emotional environment for members of the Academy community.
- Identify, assess, and intervene with individuals who are struggling or who demonstrate concerning or threatening behavior.
- Provide support and resources to community members who are concerned for another individual.
What does the IMSA BIT Care Team do?
- Develops and implements educational and training programs for all members of the Academy community regarding behavioral assessment. This includes publications and promotional materials designed to create awareness and understanding of the Team and what to refer, as well as in-person trainings to develop deeper knowledge on how to identify, support, and refer an individual of concern.
- Receives, coordinates, and assesses referrals received from faculty, staff, students, and others regarding individuals of concern.
- Coordinates interventions and resource assistance for individuals of concern.
When to file a Student of Concern report:
The Student of Concern report is for reporting any student who is displaying concerning behaviors that may impact their ability to be safe and/or successful. These reports are routed to the BIT team, to develop a plan for student intervention. The plan may be interdepartmental.
Behavioral Intervention Team programs are not designed to predict who will become violent, but rather to identify, assess, and intervene with individuals who display threatening or other concerning behavior that indicate they may pose a risk of harm to themselves or others.
Three types of behavior should lead to filing a Student of Concern form:
- Disruptive Behavior involves a student’s impulsiveness with little regard for safety. The student may act aggressively or inappropriately, without consideration of consequences or the impact on others.
Source of concern: HOW THEY ACT
- Alarming Behavior involves behavior that may not be disruptive but causes people to feel danger or alarm due to the student’s thoughts, actions or feelings.
Source of concern: HOW YOU FEEL
- Distressed Behavior involves impaired ability to manage emotions and actions such as disordered eating, bullying behaviors, and aggressions (verbal, social or cyber). The behavior may be observed or disclosed.
Source of concern: HOW THEY FEEL
When a Student of Concern report is not needed (other support resources are listed below):
In some situations, students may exhibit stressors that may be attributed to routine worries but the student is coping. In these instances, we recommend that you directly refer the student to specific departments that can provide helpful resources to the student. Here are some examples of non-threatening situations that do not involve behaviors/issues requiring multiple department intervention:
- Homesickness, hygiene issues, sleep concerns, college applications, physical health concern, roommate conflicts, grades
- In these cases, you can refer the concern to the appropriate department: