The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multi-disciplinary group at the George Washington University that meets regularly to coordinate timely interventions for students who might need help across multiple departments of the university. The BIT strives to prevent the occurrence of crisis situations on campus and to maintain the welfare of the campus community through individualized support to identified students in need.
The BIT includes representatives from:
- Colonial Health Center
- Disability Support Services
- GW Police Department
- Office for Student Success
- Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Office of the General Counsel
- Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Campus Living and Residential Engagement
- Student Support Team
How does it work?
Each week, the CARE Team staff reviews CARE Referrals and curates a list of students who might benefit from BIT intervention, including students who are a threat to themselves or others; perpetrators or victims of abusive, angry, or hostile behavior; or struggling in other capacities that affect their ability to reach their academic and personal goals.
The BIT discusses the student’s situation and decides the best course of action to support the student and others in the affected community. Such actions might include outreach to the student from a BIT member or collaboration with other campus partners to provide an appropriate response to the concern. The following week, the members of the BIT provide updates and further recommendations to support the student in the future.
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) at the George Washington University serves as a collaborative community for coordinating positive interventions for students exhibiting behaviors that indicate distress (repeated or multi-faceted), cause a disruption to the campus, and affect their well-being or that of the campus community.
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) facilitates a holistic partnership to empower students to seek out the support they need for successful personal and academic outcomes.
Student Involvement in BIT
Students do not attend weekly BIT meetings. Members of the BIT determine the best course of action to support the student of concern and coordinate outreach to them and others in the affected community.