Who can make a BIT referral?
Anyone who feels a student's behavior is concerning can make a BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) referral, including students, faculty, staff, and community members.
What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to the BIT process?
If you feel there is an immediate threat, call the district Police Communications Center at 480-784-0911.
To make a referral, use the Incident Report link on the BIT home page. You may also leave a message at the Manger of Care & Conduct at 480-461-7801. You will be asked for basic information about the student, how to contact you (in case the BIT Committee has follow-up questions), and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
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 they are okay. In many cases, students will indicate that they could use some help and you can refer them to a counselor at the Counseling Development at 480-461-7588 (SD) or 480-654-7720 (RM).
What happens after I make the referral?
BIT team members evaluate the information and make an assessment of the students conduct. Reporting, however, is the most critical step.
What happens to the student in the BIT process?
BIT provides students with confidential, respectful, proactive support, while offering resources and balancing the educational needs of students with the overall mission of Mesa Community College.
How do I know if a concerning behavior is a BIT issue, or is more appropriately handled by other campus resources?
You do not have to make this determination. The most critical step is that you report the concerning behavior to College Police at 480-461-7046 or file an Incident Report online. If another campus resource is more appropriate, BIT will refer the student and handle the transfer of information.
NOTE: Never promise confidentiality to student(s) if they share information with you that may require some intervention.