While interacting with students across the college, faculty and staff may be confronted with situations in which a student is displaying concerning behavior. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) Model is designed to assist them.

Behaviors of concern might be observed in a number of settings: in the classroom, at a service location or office, at an on-campus job, or during participation at an extracurricular activity. By reporting behaviors that are concerning, the Behavioral Intervention Team will be able to reach out to students to intervene, provide support, and connect them with resources that can assist them.

Each HACC campus has a Behavioral Intervention Team. The Behavioral Intervention Team is a team that meets regularly to serve five major functions for the campus:

  • Act in a proactive manner to assist students,
  • Maintain confidentiality and handle all matters discreetly,
  • Provide consultation and support to faculty and staff,
  • Connect students with needed resources, and
  • Recommend interventions or sanctions.

The BIT process does not replace faculty classroom management, disciplinary processes, and/or public safety responses to incidents.

The Behavioral Intervention Team Model works within all current college policies and serves as a model to merely formalize current informal processes at the College.

Assistance and Consultation for Faculty and Staff
If a faculty and staff member needs more information or assistance, the staff member should contact the Director of Student Conduct or Dean of Academic Affairs for consultation and support. He/she may recommend specific strategies for the faculty or staff member to address the concern or may recommend submission of a Behavioral Reporting Form for further assessment and follow-up by the BIT.

Team Membership
The Behavioral Intervention Team is composed of representatives from five critical areas of the campus community and includes:

Position Email  Phone
Director of Student Conduct (Chair) ajbeard@hacc.edu  (717) 780-3279
Assistant Director of Security sjmoffet@hacc.edu (717) 780-1151
Associate Provost ktdohert@hacc.edu (717) 780-2496
Director of Student Access Services vlvanhis@hacc.edu (717) 358-2972
Director of Student Persistence mdbraswe@hacc.edu (717) 780-2376
Director of KEYS Program maarslan@hacc.edu (717) 358-2891
Director of Coordinated Support rajayman@hacc.edu (717) 780-2655
Coordinator of HACC CARE Center CARE@hacc.edu  (717) 780-2422

Additional members from the campus and community are included in meetings of the BIT as necessary.

What to Report
In general, any behavior that disrupts the mission or learning environment of the college or causes concern for a student’s well-being should be reported. This includes:

  • Suspected violations of college policies
  • Incidents of academic dishonesty resulting in the lowering of a course grade, failure in a course, or dismissal from a course
  • Concerns about a student’s well-being

Generally, minor classroom management issues should not be reported through BIT.

BIT will act quickly to respond to reports; however, BIT team may not able to provide an immediate response to a concern. Call 911 or Campus Security if you feel threatened or an immediate response is needed.

How to Report
A. Use Maxient/Behavioral Reporting Form 
B. Contact Director of Student Conduct and/or Campus Dean of Academic Affairs

What Happens to a Behavioral Report Form
Once a report is submitted:
1) Report immediately enters secure database
2) Automated notification is sent to Campus Student Affairs Dean or Campus Dean of Academic Affairs
3) Report is reviewed by Dean/BIT
4) Reporter may be contacted for further information

For a visual representation, please review the BIT Report Flow Chart. (pdf)

Potential Outcomes of Reports
The BIT may

  • Recommend no action, pending further observation
  • Assist faculty or staff in developing a plan of action
  • Refer student to existing on-campus support resources
  • Refer student to appropriate community resources
  • Make recommendations consistent with college policies and procedures
For answers to other questions you might have, visit our FAQ page.