For all emergencies, especially after hours and on weekends CALL 803.777.4215 FIRST.
Reasons to refer to Behavioral Intervention Team:
- Self-injurious behavior including suicide ideation or attempt. Behaviors include but are not limited to: talk of suicide or suicidal action.
- Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of University students, faculty, staff or community members. Behaviors include but are not limited to: threats of a weapon on campus, significant inappropriate disruption to community, potential for safety being compromised.
- Hospital transport for alcohol and drug use/abuse.
The University of South Carolina created the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) in response to the increase in mental health issues and hospitalizations and deaths due to alcohol consumption on college campuses nationwide. BIT addresses student behaviors that are disruptive and may include mental health and/or safety issues. BIT is a group of qualified and dedicated USC professionals whose mission it is to:
- Balance the individual needs of the student and those of the greater campus community
- Provide a structured positive method for addressing student behaviors that impact the university community and may involve mental health and/or safety issues
- Manage each case individually
- Initiate appropriate intervention without resorting to punitive measures
- Eliminate “fragmented care”