Behavioral Intervention Team

Purpose

It is the goal of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) to ensure, to the extent possible, that Middlesex Community College is a safe and secure place in which to teach and learn.

The BIT is a group of faculty, staff, and managers who meet biweekly to manage and reduce threats to safety—whether from students or employees—before they cause harm. Once identified, the BIT takes a planned approach to assessing the threat and taking appropriate action.

The BIT also supports a number of related projects including the development of MxCC’s Civility Statement and video, and sponsoring Fresh Check Day, the College’s mental health awareness day event.

How We Work

Matters of concern can be brought to the BIT in four ways:

  1. Contact Adrienne Maslin, Dean of Students and team chair, to discuss the issue of concern;
  2. Contact any BIT member;
  3. Send your concern to the BIT mailbox at MX-BIT@mxcc.commnet.edu.
  4. Submit the online form that can be accessed on this page.

In presenting your concern, please be sure to include, at a minimum, the name of the student or employee you are concerned about, that person’s ID number if available, and a complete description of the incident that caused your concern. It would be helpful to provide your name and contact information as well.

Membership

  • Dean of Students, Chair
  • Dean of Administration
  • Dean of Academic Affairs/CEO
  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Counselor
  • Disabilities Support Specialist
  • Director of Noncredit Programs
  • Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice
  • Program Coordinator, Human Services
  • Faculty-at-large

Guidelines for Identifying Someone of Concern

In order to make the process of identifying concerning behavior as clear and easy as possible, the BIT has divided student and employee behavior into two categories:

  1. Behavior that is an immediate threat: This includes behavior where the individual involved poses a threat to him/herself or others or is in need of immediate medical attention. Some examples include:
    • A person who has access to weapons and is threatening to use them
    • A person who is attempting suicide
    • A person who threatens suicide
    • A person who threatens to harm someone else
  1. Behavior that is of concern:
    • Changes in a student’s or employee’s behavior that is unusual or abrupt
    • Work or student performance that declines abruptly or is unusually poor
    • Frequent discussion or preoccupation with violent events or with weapons
    • Intolerance and bigotry
    • Intimidating and/or bullying others
    • References to planning a violent event or to harming others
    • Responses to circumstances or conversation that is uncharacteristically intense in emotion

Principles of Threat Assessment

The concept of threat assessment rests on several principles:

  1. Information is usually fragmented but prevention is possible
  2. That violent acts tend to follow a logical and predictable progression of behavior:
  3. That people in and of themselves are not violent; there are characteristics and conditions that promote violence
  4. Input from multiple sources is critical
MxCC's Behavioral Intervention Team

BIT Members: Rear from left to right: Kim Hogan, Rebecca Rist-Brown, Jennifer Hernandez, Judy Wallace, Sara Hanson. Front: Hilary Phelps, Emily Canto, Diane Bordonaro, Adrienne Maslin, Anastasia Pych, Steven Minkler

Person of Concern Referral Form

Please use this form to refer any behaviors of concern involving Middlesex Community College students or staff, whether these behaviors occur inside or outside of the classroom setting. When completing this form, please include your name, the student/staff name, ID# if known, and the date. Although anonymous submissions are accepted, this limits our ability to gather more information and follow up with the reporter. If you have any questions regarding the filing of a referral, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 860-343-5764. If you need to report an emergency, call MxCC Security at 860-463-5062.

If you’d prefer to print and fill out the form by hand, please download and return to the Dean of Students Office in Founders Hall, Room 123.