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Behaviorial Intervention Team

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When should you make a report to BIT?

In an emergency always DIAL 911 - BIT is not intended as a response to an emergency situation

When in doubt report! By reporting troubling behavior, you give BIT the opportunity to intervene and connect an individual in distress with critical resources. You also help the campus community by submitting concerns to a central source - more often than not, if you've noticed a behavior of concern someone else has as well.


Q. Why make a report to BIT?

By reporting troubling behavior, you give BIT the opportunity to intervene and connect an individual in distress with critical resources. Reporting shows you care and want the individual to succeed. By reporting, you are also helping the campus community centralize information, thus building a more complete picture of the situation. More often than not, if you've noticed a behavior of concern someone else has as well.

Q. What things should I report to BIT?

The Behavioral Intervention Team should be alerted when you witness or are made aware of any of the behaviors below by any member of the Foothill community:

Suicidal statements or self-harming behavior

Dangerous behavior or threats of dangerous behavior toward others (including disclosure or witness of domestic /relationship violence)

Unusual changes in the individual's behavior or appearance

Significant changes in attendance or academic performance

Disproportionate responses to stress including outbursts or aggressive statements

Unusual focus on violence or morbidity

Increasing isolation

Significant personal issues/crisis

Other behaviors that you feel are out of the ordinary for the individual


Q. How do I make a report to BIT?

A new electronic reporting system is being implemented to support BIT.  

To submit a report now please click on a form below:

Q. What does BIT need to know?

 The BIT referral form includes the most important information but here are some tips for helping BIT be as effective as possible:

The individual's name and if available, ID number

Factual information about the situation

Names and contact information of witnesses

Any photographs or video recordings of the incident


Q. What happens to the report once it's filed?


BIT holds confidential, weekly meetings. In those meetings we use a protocol to determine the appropriate action steps. Those steps may include a number of the following:

The individual of concern may be contacted by a member of BIT to facilitate connections with resources such as counseling, financial aid, health and wellness, social agencies or legal advice

BIT may determine that the individual of concern need not be contacted because an action plan is already in place and functioning

A member of BIT may contact the reporting party to provide resources that the reporting party can share with the individual of concern (this would only happen if the reporting party has expressed an interest in participating in the conversation with the individual of concern)

The individual of concern may be referred to and contacted by the Dean of Student Affairs for the purposes of developing a behavioral agreement

When appropriate and in compliance with privacy policies, a member of BIT may contact the reporting party to provide an update on actions taken.


Q. Who can make a report to BIT?

Any member of the Foothill College community with access to MyPortal can file a BIT report.

Q. What happens to an individual who has been reported to BIT?

BIT will review the report to determine if an actual threat does exist and if so, what level of risk may be presented. We will then recommend the appropriate actions and resources for the situation and the individual. If direct contact with the individual is appropriate, a member of BIT will reach out, in-person if possible. BIT will work with the individual to schedule any suggested or mandated sessions. In the unlikely, but possible case of involuntary hospitalization, BIT will work with external agencies and campus personnel to determine under what conditions the individual is permitted to return to campus.

BIT will always strive to help the individual in a proactive and positive manner while maintaining a safe and supportive educational environment for all.

Q. What if the individual I'm concerned about is an employee

 BIT will assess every situation with the goal of assisting the individual in distress. The resources made available to an employee may be different than those directed to a student but the goal of maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all remains the focus.

Q. Are BIT reports confidential?

 BIT referrals are confidential to the extent that the individual is not an immediate danger to self or others.

Q. What if I'm just looking for advice on how to handle a student issue?

You can always call your division dean, the office of the Dean of Student Affairs & Activities or any of the other offices listed.

Q. Can I submit a report anonymously?

Yes but doing so may hinder the ability of BIT to obtain critical information and/or follow up with you regarding actions being taken.

Q. Who serves on BIT and how can I contact them?

Office of Student Affairs ex 7241
District Police ex 7313 for Non Emergencies
Psychological Services ex 7910
Health Services ex 7243
Academic Counseling Services ex 7423
Disability Resources ex 7017
International Students ex 7105
Financial Aid ex 7245
Testing & Assessment ex 7230

Q. Where can I read more on behavioral threat assessment and intervention? Are there resources you recommend?

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