JCC's Behavioral Intervention Team
The JCC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is comprised of a JCC faculty, staff, and administrators that include: Student Development, Counseling, Health Services, Safety, and Buildings & Grounds. They meet biweekly to: discuss behavioral incidents and concerns occurring on campus; to discuss, plan, and implement intervention strategies; and provide consultation to the Vice President and Dean of Student Development regarding students who are at risk of concern. Additional meetings may be scheduled if needed. To respect confidentiality meetings will be closed to the college community.
Members come to the team with experience in managing health, behavior, and safety aspects of the College experience and may therefore spot trends and set up early intervention services as they evaluate behaviors from a variety of college perspectives.
The team is a resource for JCC faculty and staff to report student behaviors of concern. Its intent is to provide early support and intervention to students, but not to stigmatize them or enable profiling. In addition, it is meant to assist students to receive needed accommodations, assist with academic stressors, and to increase and enhance opportunities for student success. In some cases there may be no violation of campus rules, as such, but the behavior may evoke alarm or concern among involved persons. The team creates an approach that integrates information among offices and takes advantage of the strengths and valuable services that various departments provide. The team provides an early intervention resource for JCC faculty, staff, and students to consult on student behaviors of: distressing, disruptive, or threatening behaviors of concern.
4 categories of behavior which may require attention by the BIT:
- Self-injurious behavior/suicidal ideation or attempt.
- Erratic behavior (including online activities) that can disrupt the mission and/or normal proceedings of college students, faculty, staff, or others.
- Behavior that is not understood but is concerning or disturbing to others.
- Alcohol and drug use/abuse or mental health crises.
Examples of behaviors that should be brought to the attention of the team (note this list is not all-inclusive):
- A student submits an English assignment about committing suicide.
- Two students make a class video about placing bombs on campus.
- Someone receives an email stating, "I'm going to kill everyone in the Math Dept."
- A student's web page has links to web pages with information about poisoning others with cyanide.
- A student corresponds with a faculty member using language that indicates disordered thinking.
- A student communicates suicidal/homicidal intent to another.
- A student displays other odd or threatening behaviors.
You are BIT's best resource because you may be familiar to the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is ok. In many cases, students will indicate that he/she could use some help and you can refer them to the JCC's Counseling Center Cattaraugus County Campus 716.376.7508, Jamestown Campus 716.338.1007, North County Extension Center at 716.338.6527 or 6528.