Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

 

Lehman College –  Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

Mission

The Lehman College Behavioral Intervention team is a group of experienced and dedicated professionals whose mission is to:

  • Provide a structured and positive method for addressing behaviors of concern that impact the Lehman College community.
  • Collect, connect, and assess “red flags” raised by a student’s problematic or help-seeking behaviors.
  • Formalize an individualized protocol for communication, coordination, and  intervention on a case by case basis.
  • Initiate appropriate intervention.
  • Implement and coordinate a follow-up plan so that services, support and resources are deployed effectively.

There are three key categories of behavior that are of utmost concern to the BIT:

  • Self-injurious behavior (i.e., suicidal ideation/attempt, cutting behavior, dangerous alcohol/substance consumption, etc.)
  • Disruptive behavior that violates campus community safety (i.e., homicidal threats, stalking, assault, email/Blackboard bullying, carrying weapons, etc.)
  • Unusual behavior (i.e., changes in personality, depressive symptoms, shifts in mood, unexplained irritability and/or lethargy, hopelessness, etc.)

Once an incident is reported to the BIT, members of the Committee determine the appropriate steps to address the situation. This process is based on the severity of the concern, the ability of the person in question to engage in the resolution, and the situation.

Lehman College strives to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty and staff. There are many ways in which we work to accomplish this so that all members of our college may feel productive while on our campus.

 

Team Members

   

José Magdaleno, Chair

Vice President of Student Affairs

Shuster Hall # 204
718-960-8241

Stanley A. Bazile, Ph.D.,

Associate Chair
Dean of Student Affairs

Shuster Hall # 204
718-960-8242

 

Dennis DaCosta, Esq.

Counsel to the President

Shuster Hall # 376
718-960-8559

Fausto Ramirez

Director of Public Safety

Apex # 109
718-960-7777

Karen Smith Moore

LCSW-R, Director of Student Counseling

Old Gym # 114
718-960-8761

Janelle Hill

Confidential Executive Officer

Shuster Hall # 204
718-960-8242

Conrad Walker

Director, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects

Shuster Hall # 204
718-960-8242

 

*Others consulted as needed

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Lehman College BIT?
The Lehman Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a collaborative committee of Lehman College professionals that meets regularly to discuss the behavior of individuals about whom reports are received. The Lehman College BIT then determines if any intervention is needed, and monitors the intervention.


Why a Lehman College BIT?
Faculty, staff, and friends are often among the first to notice when another member of the Lehman College community is overly stressed or behaving in a dangerous or disruptive manner. Disruption of academic progress, personal relationships, and daily behavior may be signs that a person is in distress. In order to maintain safety and order on campus, the Lehman College BIT identifies, responds, and ensures appropriate intervention when individual behavior causes concern to other members of the campus community.


What should you report?
Taking the step to express a concern about someone can evoke mixed feelings. Anything that appears to be a worrisome concern (i.e. erratic or disruptive behavior, drug and/or alcohol abuse, disturbing writings, etc.) might prompt you to make a report. Contact a member of the Lehman College BIT to discuss the best course of action if you are not sure what to do or to determine if a report to the BIT is warranted.


How do I report?
To report a concern to the Lehman College BIT, please complete the Filing a Concern with the BIT form. The form will require a narrative of the behavior of concern you have witnessed. The Lehman College BIT members can be contacted personally if you wish to discuss your concern prior to submitting a report to the BIT.


Will I be contacted if I submit a concern?
The Lehman College BIT may contact you if additional information is needed.


What happens when a report is made?

Once the Lehman College BIT receives a report, the team will discuss the concern. The BIT then creates a plan to monitor and/or intervene with the person of concern, and designates a contact person to implement the plan. At each BIT meeting, updates are given about each case.


How do I report a concern after standard business hours?
If something happens during non-business hours submit your concern via the online form or email a BIT member.


IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, AT ANY TIME, CONTACT CAMPUS SECURITY IMMEDIATELY AT 718-960-7777

 

Division of Student Affairs