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Behavioral Intervention

The University’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multidisciplinary team of administrators who serve as the central point of contact for reports of individuals who have engaged in disturbing behavior or who have otherwise raised concern for the well-being of themselves or others. The BIT provides a proactive, objective, coordinated and caring approach to the evaluation, assessment and intervention in such cases of concerning behavior.

Examples of Concerning Behavior

Behaviors that should be referred to the BIT include:

  • Preoccupation with weapons, violent events or persons who have engaged in violent acts
  • Disturbing writings or verbal expressions
  • References to harming others or planning a violent or destructive event
  • Inappropriate behavior, such as prolonged irritability, angry outbursts, or intense reactions
  • Overly aggressive behaviors towards others
  • Indirect or direct threats in writings or verbalizations
  • Suicidal ideation and/or plans
  • Display of victim or martyr self-concept
  • Abrupt changes in behaviors, appearance or academic/work performance

How to Report Concerning Behavior

Acts of self-harm/violence or threats of self-harm/violence shall be reported immediately to the Department of Safety and Protection, 610-854-2451, and/or the appropriate law enforcement agency (911).

A report can be submitted in either of the below manners:

  • Complete the BIT Referral Form
    • If you wish to remain anonymous, do not provide your name.
    • However, an anonymous referral may hinder the ability to obtain additional information that may be important in making an assessment.
  • Send an Email
    • Submit a detailed email with as much relevant information as possible.

Behavioral Intervention Team Members

The primary members of the University’s BIT are:

  • Director, Department of Safety and Protection
  • Director, Counseling Services
  • Associate Dean of Students
  • Executive Director, Academic Success/Advising
  • Executive Director, Human Resources

Additional University administrators serve as ad hoc members of the team depending on the individuals and circumstances involved in the referral.

If you have any questions or would like additional information concerning the Behavioral Intervention Team, contact Dennis Dougherty, Director of Safety and Protection, at phone Number (484)323-3270 or ddougherty1@immaculata.edu.

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