Behavioral Intervention Team

Who We Are

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) provides a coordinated process for identifying and responding to students who may be at risk of harming themselves or others, or who may reasonably pose a threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community. Achieving this goal involves:

  • Utilizing a multidisciplinary team to review, identify and develop specific intervention/prevention strategies.
  • Analyzing information, discerning patterns, and following up as appropriate.
  • Providing education and training to faculty, staff and students on how to identify and address concerning behaviors that may need further assessment or response.

What We Do

Once BIT members receive information about a student of concern, the response process will likely include the following:

  • Respond to the report as soon as possible, typically within 24 hours.
  • Contact the reporter to learn more about the concern.
  • Identify and review information regarding the student of concern.
  • Collect available information.
  • Refer the student to appropriate resources for support.
  • Talk with the student of concern as appropriate.
  • Develop specific intervention/prevention strategies.
  • Facilitate meetings with FIU faculty and/or staff regarding the situation, as needed.
  • Follow up with reporter and student after the concern is first addressed.

Share a Concern with BIT

Concerns can be shared via phone or through the online reporting form. We are available for phone consultation, but will ask that you then provide the information via our online reporting form:

To share a concern via phone to the Dean of Students and BIT, please call 305-348-2797.

If you see or experience any type of violent behavior or behavior which requires immediate attention, please contact the FIU Police at (305) 348-5911.

Resources

Panthers Care
Faculty and Staff Behavioral Intervention Team (FAST)
Dean of Students Office
Counseling and Psychological Services

Membership on the Team Includes: 

Dr. Bronwen Bares Pelaez, Interim Dean of Students (BIT Chair)
Dean of Students Office
Counseling and Psychological Services
University Police
Victim Empowerment Program
Office of the Provost
Residential Life
Office of the General Counsel
Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Office of Employee Assistance

Contact

Dr. Bares Pelaez
Interim Dean of Students
Graham Center 219
305-348-2797
Fax: 305-348-1957
dos@fiu.edu

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm