Academics

Overview

The Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) promotes a healthy and safe environment at Gallaudet by facilitating collaboration across campus units to support students in distress.

Any behavior that causes concern for a student’s safety or well-being should be reported to the BIT. We assess reports to determine appropriate intervention that protects the physical and social welfare of all students, faculty, and staff. The BIT centralizes incident information to identify patterns and to coordinate early intervention.

BIT is not an emergency response team. If you are experiencing an emergency or a critical incident, contact the Department of Public Safety.

Emergency Lines-Communication Center: Hours of Operation, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • 202-651-5555 (voice/videophone)
  • 202-651-5444 (TTY)
  • https://gallaudet.edu/emailto/?dps (email)

The BIT does not replace disciplinary processes, classroom management, other programs and services, and/or public safety response to incidents.

Team Membership

The Behavioral Intervention Team is composed of representatives from critical areas of the campus community:

  • Dean, Student Affairs and Academic Support (Chair)
  • Associate Dean, Student Center Programs & Services
  • Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Director, Department of Public Safety
  • Director, Academic Advising
  • Director, Residence Life & Housing
  • Faculty Representative

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

Information

FAQs

Common Questions

We welcome all questions. Please contact Student Affairs and Academic Support.

Policies and Information

Whenever possible, you should express your concern(s) directly with the student. However, should you have any concern about your safety or the safety of others, your best course of action is to access intervention from the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) and people who are trained in these areas. If you are experiencing an emergency or critical incident, please contact the Department of Public Safety. Emergency Lines and Communication Center Hours of Operation are 24 hours each day, 7 days per week: (202) 651-5555 (voice/videophone); (202) 651-5444 (TTY). Please contact us for more information.
You can always contact your supervisor or a staff member from campus support services such as Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of Student Conduct, and Academic Advising. These individualscan provide tips, ideas, and resources on how to approach a situation.
You can register a concern based on an observed behavior (e.g., verbal exchange, action, etc.) without being 100% certain. A professional will make a determination when you alert the appropriate campus representatives. Let the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) weigh the information and see if gathering more information is warranted.
Although the action or outcome will depend upon the situation, the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) will intervene in support of the person of concern while supporting the college policies and procedures.
  • Recommend no action, pending further observation
  • Assist faculty, staff, or student in developing a plan of action
  • Refer to existing on-campus support resources
  • Refer to appropriate community resources
  • Make recommendations consistent with university policies and procedures
  • Facilitate meeting between concerned parties
Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) will address every report that is brought to the committee. Interventions by BIT members typically involve the handling of confidential information, so those filing reports will not necessarily know the resolution of a situation. If you continue to have concerns about the situation, please report any new information or updates through the report form.
Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) will attempt to handle all matters discreetly. In most cases, we expect the student to be notified of your concern. Examples include, academic dishonesty rulings, classroom disruptions, and code of conduct violations. A reported student will be given specific information about the behaviors and actions that occurred, so they can respond to the reported concern. Therefore, a student may know who made the report through the circumstances described to them.
The reports are managed by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support and are reviewed by Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) members. Student Disciplinary Records which include records related to the Student Code of Conduct and records related to the Academic Integrity Policy are considered part of a student’s educational record. Such records are maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Anyone with a Gallaudet email can submit a report by following this link.

Contact Us

Behavior Intervention Team

Monday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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