Behavioral Intervention Team

Purpose

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is comprised of key members of the Missouri Valley College community who work to support the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Their focus is to provide prevention and intervention for students in distress or engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors. The BIT will provide the best possible care for our community by intervening and assisting these students in meeting their goals. The BIT will assess any and all behaviors of concern and recommend or take action in accordance with College policies and professional best practices.

Team Members

  • Heath Morgan, Dean of Students (Chair)
  • Teresa Ceselski, Campus Counselor
  • Karen Chevalier, Director of Public Safety
  • Brett Fuchs, Director of Housing & Residence Life
  • Diane Weinreich, Campus Nurse
  • TBD, Academic Affairs [Chair/Dean]
  • TBD, Athletics [AD/AAD]
  • Ad Hoc Members (as appointed by Chair)

Responsibilities

  • Provide training and resources for the community to recognize students of concern
  • Gather and review reports pertaining to students of concern
  • Determine if intervention is needed. If intervention is determined to be necessary, create a plan of action. If intervention is not needed, close case or schedule the case for review at a later date
  • Refer students of concern to appropriate campus resources for assistance. Provide those resources with whatever information is permissible under the law related to the concern
  • Assign one or more BIT members as case manager to ensure appropriate response based on recommendation, follow-up, and to keep the BIT apprised of any information that may change the recommended response

Referral Process

To provide the best possible care for our community, the team uses a simple form which aids in the identification of students in need of guidance and support. This form can be found on the Student Affairs website and is directed to select members of the BIT. This This report is not intended to be a disciplinary referral, but rather a way for the BIT to know about issues students are having and providing them with appropriate support. The reporter may remain anonymous to the student.

Emergencies/Urgent Matters

Although many members of the BIT serve as members of the Crisis Response Team, this does not replace that team or the duties of specific personnel. Emergencies should be reported to the Department of Public Safety 24 hours per day at (660) 815-0111. Urgent matters involving students may also be referred to the Student Affairs On-Call staff member at (660) 815-2748.


  • Student Concern Report