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Behavior Intervention Team

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What is the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)?

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a tool to assist in providing a safe living and learning environment for faculty, staff and students. Representing a cross section of college departments, the BIT is not punitive and is not a disciplinary board but rather serves as the central point of contact for threat assessments. The team responds to reports of disruptive, problematic or concerning behavior or misconduct; conducts an investigation; performs a threat assessment; and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification and response. The team then deploys college resources and resources of the community and coordinates follow-up.

When do I refer someone to the BIT?

If danger is imminent, always call 911.

Contact BIT if you experience concern about the well-being or safety of a WVU/Potomac State College student or any other person affecting the PSC community (including faculty, staff, parents, spouses, family members, and persons not affiliated with the campus) and are unsure about how to intervene or address the situation.

Some examples include:

Individuals are expected to use their judgment as to what should be reported, erring on the side of over-reporting, when in doubt.

BIT does NOT respond directly to emergencies. Call 911 if you experience an emergency.

How to Contact BIT

CALL 911 if violence is imminent or is occurring.

For non-emergencies you can email BIT at with the following information:

You may also contact the University Police by telephone at 304-788-4106 or by email at and/or you may contact the Acting Dean of Student Life at 304-788-6995 or at

Referrals are reviewed during regular business hours when the College is open (typically Monday - Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm). Please note submissions are not monitored 24/7.

If this is an emergent situation or an immediate threat to self or others, please call 9-911 (on campus telephone) or 911 (cellular or off campus telephone).

How do I document an incident in writing?

Written documentation includes description of what happened, what was said, when it happened, who was involved, and what action was taken. Write objectively and give a factual accounting of what happened in a non-judgmental manner. It is important to refrain from inserting personal analysis, opinions or conclusions about the person’s character.

What happens after I contact the BIT?

A BIT member will contact you, usually no later than the next business day, to gather additional information about your concern.

The team responds to reports of disruptive, problematic or concerning behavior or misconduct, conducts an investigation, performs a threat assessment, and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification and response. The team then deploys college resources and/or resources of the community and coordinates follow-up. It is helpful to provide written documentation and evidence such as emails, messages, etc. when contacting the BIT.

Can I remain anonymous when reporting someone to the BIT?

Anonymous reports will be investigated as best as possible given the information provided. However, it is vital that the BIT be able to communicate and follow up with the person reporting should additional information be needed to complete the assessment.

Acting on Early Warning Signs

BIT cannot completely protect the College or respond to unreported incidents. Members of the campus community are expected to take any threat or violent act seriously and to immediately report such acts to appropriate personnel or to the police. Community members should not put themselves in harm’s way.

If you see something, say something!

What can I do if a person is raging at me?

Stay calm and do not raise your voice to their level. Look the person in the eye and say, “I understand that you are upset/angry. I want to help you but it’s not okay with me that you are _____ (state the specific objectionable behavior, e.g. yelling, cursing, interrupting, etc.) If you’ll _____ (be specific in stating an appropriate behavior, e.g. lower your voice, stop cursing, interrupting, etc.) we can discuss the situation and work to find a solution. If you don’t you will need to leave or I will call security.”

What should I do if I feel threatened or intimidated by someone’s behavior?

If danger is imminent or occurring, always call 911.

Throwing things, cursing, coming to class intoxicated, or threatening physical harm, etc. is not acceptable behavior. Tell the person his/her behavior (describe specifically) is not okay with you and that you will leave if it doesn’t stop. Always remove yourself from the area if you feel threatened. Document the incident and report it to the Behavioral Intervention Team or the University Police.

What should I do if someone sends me an inappropriate or offensive email or text message?

Tell the person specifically what about the message was inappropriate, to stop sending you messages and that if it continues, he/she will be reported to the dean of students or security.

When and how do I refer someone to the counseling office?

The counselor welcomes the opportunity to consult with students anytime about issues or concerns. When making a referral, please review the  Counseling Services website  for suggestions. 

What should I do about disrespectful or minor disruptive behavior?

If your concern pertains to disrespectful or minor disruptive student behavior, please consult with your Dean/Chair or supervisor, or contact, Kara Anderson in the Student Conduct Office at 304-788-6910.

Guidelines for Responding to Students of Concern:

(Adapted from WVU’s Student Welfare Advisory Committee)

Prevention & proactive strategies to promote and sustain an environment that is conducive to teaching, learning, and working.

(Adapted from Laura Bennett, Harper College) 

As members of a campus community, it is the responsibility of each of us to promote and sustain an environment that is conducive to teaching, learning, and working. As faculty and staff we have an additional responsibility to educate and role model the appropriate behaviors for students and community members. Sometimes individuals engage in concerning behaviors because it has not been clearly communicated what the expectations for behavior are. These are suggestions for actions that can be taken to prevent misconduct occurring:

Tips for Preventing Misconduct in the Classroom:

Instructors are responsible for determining academic standards and evaluating student performance in accordance with those standards. Along with this authority comes the responsibility for setting behavioral and social conduct standards for their classrooms. Instructors are encouraged to:

Tips for Preventing Misconduct in Office Environments & Common Spaces:

BIT Members

Lucas Taylor, Acting Dean of Student Life

Brian Kerling, University Police Chief

Kristin Morton, Licensed Counselor

Karen Sommers, Residence Life Specialist

Cherise Southerly, College Nurse

Kara Anderson, Student Code Administrator

Jennifer Jones, Academic Success Center Coordinator

Phil Douthitt, Associate Dean of Academics

Other Resources of Interest Regarding Behavior Intervention Teams:

National Behavior Intervention Team Association

Department of Homeland Security

School Shooters