It is the responsibility of students to conduct themselves in a manner fitting an academic environment. Most student behaviors that are exhibited can be handled by faculty and staff at the time of the incident utilizing the student judicial process ; however, some incidences may not be of a judicial nature. In some instances, student behavior is solely due to acute personal issues or mental health challenges. Furthermore, some situations may require an immediate emergency response, and Campus Police are the first responders. While in most cases, the exercise of good sense and judgment prevail, the College also has established Behavioral Intervention Team Procedures to assist distressed students.
The purpose of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to supplement and support the existing system in determining proper course of action for distressed persons who pose a threat to self or others. At Delgado, the Behavioral Intervention Team also assists the Office of Student Life staff in determining which course of action should be recommended to assist and support students in their time of distress.
The objectives of the Behavioral Intervention Team Procedures enable and empower the accomplishment of the following goals:
- To balance the educational, social, psychological, physical, and emotional needs of the person and the College’s mission;
- To intervene early and provide support and response to persons who display varying levels of behaviors;
- To respond with support first and sanctions as a last resort;
- To respond with individualized assessment the recommendations for assessment or mandated assessment to assist in determining the potential for violent, homicidal and/or suicidal behaviors while avoiding stigmatizing mental health issues and stereotype-based profiling;
- To enable adherence to a formalized protocol of instructions for communication, coordination and intervention;
- To balance FERPA, HIPAA and ethical and moral standards with the College’s need-to-know and emergency communication needs;
- To centralize the process for collection and assessment of referrals initiated by a person’s behavior and recognize interactional patterns of concern involving someone that may be known to various faculty/staff and administrators;
- To engage faculty and staff in effective response with respect to the above;
- To coordinate follow-up to ensure that services, support and resources are deployed effectively; and
- To follow up as appropriate with psychological assessment, conduct actions, disability services, accommodations, hospitalization and withdrawal, as needed, balancing that which is in the best interest of the person and the College.
Distressed students should be referred through the online Student Referral Form unless there is an emergency. If there is an emergency, contact Campus Police at (504) 671-6111. For guidance, consult the Distressed Student Decision Tree, which can be found here.
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