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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

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Behavioral Intervention Team Policy

Policy Number: 1058

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) at Hutchinson Community College (HCC) exists to provide a structured, positive method for addressing student behaviors that impact the HCC community and may involve health and/or safety issues. The BIT strives to eliminate "fragmented care," to manage each case individually, and to initiate appropriate intervention without resorting to punitive measures.

BIT Members

BIT membership consists of the Coordinator of Advising, Career Development, and Counseling Services who will serve as the BIT Chair. In the Coordinator's absence, the Vice President of Student Services will serve as Chair. Other members of the BIT include the Vice President of Student Services, the Residence Halls Director, the Registrar, and the Affirmative Action Officer.

Emergency Protocol

In the event of an emergency, BIT members will be contacted by calling their office phone numbers and/or via text message through HCC's Emergency Alert System. This system can only be activated by the President of HCC or the President's designee.

If the emergency is more appropriate for the Crisis Team, the Chair of the BIT will notify the Chair of the Crisis Team. At this point, the BIT will default to the Crisis Team to handle the emergency.

If an emergency warrants immediate notification of the HCC Campus, the Chair of the BIT will, with the President of HCC's approval, contact ITS to activate the Emergency Alert System.

Discipline

After reviewing reports to the BIT, the team may take any of the following actions:

  • Continue to observe student behavior
  • Report concerns to appropriate parties (e.g. instructors)
  • Mandate counseling referral
  • Mandate agency referral
  • Coordinate with other agencies
  • Notify emergency contact (e.g. next of kin, parent, etc.)
  • Alert appropriate authorities (911)
  • Enact college emergency plan
  • Suspension

If the BIT reasonably determines that a student's continued presence on campus poses a significant danger to either the student or to others or if there is reasonable cause to believe that an interim suspension is required to protect lives or property and to ensure the maintenance of order, the BIT may recommend to the President of HCC the student be temporarily suspended.

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