Reasons for BIT referral
- Self-injurious behavior/ suicidal ideation or attempt
- Behaviors include, but are not limited to: talk of suicide or suicidal action
- Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of University students, faculty, staff, or community.
- Behaviors include, but are not limited to: threats of a weapon on campus, significant inappropriate disruption to community, potential for safety being compromised
- Hospital transport for alcohol and drug use/abuse
FOR ALL EMERGENCIES, especially after hours or on weekends
CALL 777-4215 first
Purpose of The Behavioral Intervention Team
As a result of growing national trends on college campuses of mental health issues and the increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to alcohol consumption, the University of South Carolina created the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). In order to promote the safety and health of its students, the BIT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include mental health and/or safety issues. Students who qualify for a Behavioral Intervention Team referral demonstrate one or more of the behaviors above.
The Behavioral Intervention Team consists of a group of qualified and dedicated USC professionals whose mission is to:
- Balance the individual needs of the student and those of the greater campus community
- Provide a structured positive method for addressing student behaviors that impact the university community and may involve mental health and/or safety issues
- Manage each case individually
- Initiate appropriate intervention without resorting to punitive measures
- Eliminate "fragmented care"