How do I make a BIT referral?
Referrals can be made by completing the electronic referral form. The on-line form allows for 24-hour reporting; however, please note that referrals may not be handled until the next business day.
If you believe your referral requires more immediate attention, you may call a member of BIT directly at 803-777-4333.
If there is an imminent threat of any kind, contact University Police at 911.
What happens when I make a referral?
- The BIT developed a protocol to ensure that critical student behavior or mental health issues or incidents are addressed appropriately.
- When a referral is submitted through the BIT website, each team member immediately receives the report via email. The team evaluates each report and a member of the BIT will reach out to the student of concern to assess any resources needed and collaboratively develop an action plan with the student to reduce obstacles for their success at USC.
- BIT members will assist the student in coordinating with existing campus resources currently being utilized and then works with the student to monitor progress.
- In the event that a student is perceived to be at risk of harm to self or others, BIT may coordinate with appropriate University offices to assist the student.
- BIT may determine that there is no need to take any further action but will monitor the situation and concern.
The student(s) involved are contacted by a member of BIT and are instructed to participate in an assessment at the Counseling and Human Development Center (CHDC). The type of assessment is dependent on the behavior. Students are, at a minimum, required to participate in a 4 session assessment by the CHDC Staff. Students involuntarily hospitalized for alcohol/drug use are required to participate in an assessment and then recommended a treatment plan based on their specific needs, which could include a 6 session group with students who have been involved in similar incidents, individual counseling, or treatment in the community. While the team is designed to address the most critical student cases involving erratic behavior, many student issues are resolved through soft interventions.
Students hospitalized for alcohol or drug use that refuse the counseling process may elect instead to have the matter handled by the student conduct process. The BIT would rather address the incident through the counseling process than have a student resort to the student conduct process; however the team will leave the decision to the student.
Students who fail to comply with the request for assessment and/or to complete the assessments/groups will also be referred to the University’s student conduct system and may be separated from the institution and/or charged under the code of conduct with a “failure to comply with an official university request” charge.
Are the Referrals to BIT Confidential?
The BIT will take reasonable steps to maintain the privacy of those who make a referral to BIT, if requested but confidentially cannot be guaranteed. On occasion, due to the nature of the reported concern, the reporter may be evident to the student of concern.