Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is charged with the task of promoting a safer campus environment by effectively assessing and addressing threatening and/or concerning behavior involving Young Harris College students. BIT receives reports of disruptive, problematic or concerning behavior; conducts an investigation; and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention and response. Due to federal privacy law, outcomes may not always be shared with a reporting party. However, each incident or situation brought to BIT’s attention is reviewed.

BIT is not an emergency response system. If you are experiencing an emergency or you need immediate assistance, please call the YHC Police Department at (706) 400-2614 or 9-1-1.

WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT BIT?

While BIT is a non-emergency responding body, members of the YHC community (students, faculty, staff and parents) are encouraged to report incidents involving students who are exhibiting concerning behavior or signs of distress. Examples of incidents or situations that may result in a response from BIT include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A student experiencing a decline in work or academic performance, including multiple absences
  • A student demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior
  • A student showing dramatic changes in appearance, behavior or weight
  • A student having problems at home, with classes or work
  • A student making disturbing comments in conversation, emails, letters, social media postings or papers
  • A student who is extremely sad, anxious or experiencing dramatic mood shifts
  • A student who is abusing alcohol or drugs
  • A student who is isolating themselves socially
  • A student acting paranoid or suspicious
  • A student who is frequently angry or easily frustrated
  • A student struggling with health problems

For emergencies, please contact the YHC Police Department at (706) 400-2614 or by calling 9-1-1.

HOW TO MAKE A REPORT

Employees, students, parents and other community members who are concerned about a student’s wellbeing are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Development or the Success Center. Please provide a detailed description of your concerns regarding the student or any observed behavior. Email your concerns to conduct@yhc.eduThe more details you provide, the better BIT will be able to respond to the incident or situation.