Who can make a BIT referral?
MAC employees and students who feel a student’s behavior is concerning can make a BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) referral via the school’s MyMAC system.
What do I do if I know a student who may need to be referred to the BIT process?
o If you feel there is an immediate threat, call MAC’s security at 573-631-2831.
o To make a referral, use the BIT Incident or Concern Form on the MyMAC Safety Page. You may also leave a message at 573-518-2262. You will be asked for basic information about the student (including their MAC student number), how to contact you (in case the BIT Committee has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
o You are BIT’s best resource because you may be familiar to the student. If you are comfortable doing so, tell the student that you are concerned and ask if he/she is okay. In many cases, students will indicate that he/she could use some help and you can refer them to the MAC counselor at 573-518-2211.
What happens after I make the referral?
BIT team members evaluate the information and make a decision about whether the student should be assessed/interviewed. Reporting, however, is the most critical step.
What happens to the student in the BIT process?
BIT provides students with confidential, respectful, proactive support, while offering resources and balancing the educational needs of students with the mission of Mineral Area College.
How do I know if a concerning behavior is a BIT issue, or is more appropriately handled by other campus resources?
You do not have to make this determination. The most critical step is that you report the concerning behavior at 573-518-2262 or file a a BIT Incident or Concern Form on the MyMAC Safety Page. If another campus resource is more appropriate, BIT will refer the student and handle the transfer of information.
NOTE: Never promise confidentiality to student(s) during initial referral.