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Division of Student Affairs

Behavioral Intervention Team

After tragic events at Virginia Tech and other universities involving campus violence, institutions of higher education began looking more closely how to monitor, assess, and intervene (when necessary), to promote a healthy and safe campus for students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Mission Statement

The Behavioral Intervention Team meets regularly to assess, intervene, and/or provide timely resources and support for students displaying concerning behavior or experiencing problems that might lead to disruptive or dangerous behaviors

Guiding Principles

  1. Targeted violence can often be prevented
  2. Violence is a dynamic process
  3. Targeted violence is a function of several factors
  4. Corroboration is critical
  5. Threat assessment is about behavior, not profiles
  6. Cooperating systems are critical resources
  7. Does the person pose a threat
  8. Keep victims in mind
  9. Early identification and intervention helps everyone
  10. Multiple reporting mechanisms enhance early identification
  11. Multi-faceted resources can provide effective interventions
  12. Safety is a primary focus

Team Members

  • Brandon Griggs Dean of Student Affairs (Chair)
  • Paul York Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Deputy Title IX Coordinator
  • Deserie Rivera Compliance Officer
  • Ida MacDonald Director of Counseling Services
  • Patrick Coggins Chief of Police
  • Clifton Jones Director of Student Financial Assistance & Veterans Affairs
  • Amanda Volker Disability Support & Access Coordinator


If this is an EMERGENCY please call 911. For less serious situations please call campus security at (254) 501-5800 or Student Affairs at 254-519-5721.

BIT Manual

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