The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) was established with the mandate to identify, assess, and monitor members of the OCU community displaying moderate to extreme levels of concerning behavior, including distress, disruption, and/or behavioral dysregulation such as homicidal, suicidal, assaultive or self-injurious threats, and to implement timely interventions that protect the welfare of the student and/or employee and the safety of the college community. The primary goal is to intervene before a crisis arises.
For immediate threat contact OCUPD at 405-208-5911
- Increase identification of members of the OCU community whose behaviors are distressed, disruptive, and/or dysregulated.
- Discuss situations brought to its attention by any member of the campus community seeking guidance on concerning, disruptive and/or problematic behaviors that might lead to aggression, self-harm or direct threat.
- Centralize the process of collecting and assessing “red flags” raised by student and/or employee behavior and documented by different sources within the University before there is a crisis.
- Develop a coordinated plan to help persons in crisis, mitigate risk, facilitate early intervention and protect and maintain campus safety.
- Coordinate follow-up with the person of concern to ensure that recommended services, support and resources are deployed effectively.
- Recommend mandated psychological assessment and/or medical leave/withdrawal, when necessary.
- Balance FERPA, HIPAA and counselor privilege with University need-to-know and emergency communication needs.
- Protect the campus community in cases of imminent threats to others or self.
Common Behavioral Warning Signs
- Direct statements indicating distress, family problems, or loss
- Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness, crying or tearfulness
- Lack of response to outreach from staff or course instructors
- Excessive fatigue
- Frequent or chronic illness
- Coming to class or work bleary-eyed or smelling of alcohol
- Angry or hostile outbursts, yelling or aggressive comments
- Expressions of severe anxiety or irritability
- Shakiness, tremors, fidgeting or pacing
- Visible changes in weight, statements about change in appetite or sleep
- Disorganized speech
- Concern about a student by his/her peers
- More withdrawn or animated than usual
- Excessively demanding or dependent behavior
- Deterioration in physical appearance or personal hygiene
- Noticeable bruises, cuts or burns
- Unusual inability to make eye contact
- A hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong
The BIT process DOES NOT REPLACE faculty classroom management, disciplinary processes, and/or public safety or law enforcement responses to incidents. The BIT process provides the opportunity to help someone in need by referring concerning, alarming or distressing behaviors.