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Behavioral Intervention Team

The WNC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) aims to foster a safe campus environment by providing resources to support students, faculty and staff. BIT helps meet the needs of distressed, distressing and or disruptive students through a network of campus and community resources.

ASIST Trained Contacts

The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed.

SafeTALK Trained Contacts

SafeTALK teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention.

Student Support

Faculty/Staff Support

BIT has procedures in place to ensure open communication between campus departments when a behavioral threat has been identified.

  • Initial threat assessment
  • Consultation toward resolution of an immediate problem
  • Clarification of faculty/staff responsibility in distressed student situations
  • Resource and referral information
  • Strategies and resources for classroom management
  • Campus communication and reporting as necessary
  • Tips for student intervention
  • Student conduct assistance

Request assistance from BIT by contacting:

Office of the Dean of Student Services 775-445-3271
Counseling Services 775-445-3267
Disability Support Services 775-445-4459
Public Safety 775-230-1952
Fallon Campus 775-423-7565 Ext. 2240

Sources of Student Distress

  • Academic Difficulty
  • Alcohol or drug problems
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Family/domestic partner problems
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Crying

Distressed Student Signs and Symptoms

Student behavior may indicate a need for additional support.

  • Appearing troubled or confused
  • Arriving late or missing class excessively
  • Crying
  • Lack of motivation/concentration
  • Leaving class early
  • Missing assignments/deadlines
  • Sleeping in class
  • E-mails of excuses
  • Outbursts or shouting/frustration
  • Complacency, withdrawing from engagement

Distressing/Disruptive Students

Student behaviors may be distracting and have a negative impact on the educational experience for other students.

  • Cell phone use or sounds
  • Challenging authority
  • Demanding special treatment
  • Displaying dangerous conduct
  • Dominating discussions
  • Eating/drinking in class
  • Verbal/physical threats to others
  • Making offensive remarks
  • Prolonged chattering
  • Shuffling paper in backpacks and notepads
  • Talking out of turn

Prevention and Intervention Tips

Tips for Prevention

  • Establish clear expectations for classroom behavior
  • Identify specific academic guidelines and grading criteria
  • Set up means for routine communication, such as email
  • Get to know your students

Tips for Possible Intervention

  • Address the student directly/privately about your observations or concerns
  • Address behavior, not character
  • If emotional distress is evident, consider calling or walking student to Counseling Services
  • Consider non-counseling referrals, such as Academic Skills Center or Veteran Resource Center
  • Consult a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team for information & support with the student present

Your expression of concern may provide students the motivation they need to seek needed help or services.