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Behavioral Intervention Team

With students facing high levels of stress in their lives, faculty and staff may encounter students whose behaviors are concerning, disruptive, or threatening towards themselves or others. In an effort to respond to the safety needs of the campus, the University Of Utah has established the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). 

What does BIT Do?

BIT’s primary function is to help keep the university community safe and connect distressed students to support services. BIT seeks to act preventatively versus reactionary to students in distress. In doing this, BIT:

  • Gathers and manages reported information from concerned faculty and staff
  • Assesses the level of threat a student’s behavior poses
  • Intervenes with students and connects them to support services
  • Provides faculty and staff with support and intervention resources
  • Makes referrals to the Dean of Students or Student Conduct Officer
  • Disseminates relevant information to Campus Police

Who Is On The Team?

BIT is housed in the Office of the Dean of Students and consists of a team of professionals from several university units. BIT Leadership consists of an Assistant Dean of Students, Jolene Des Roches and a Case Manager, Allison Frost.

Other members of the Behavioral Intervention Team Include:

University Police Department

Housing & Residential Education

University Counseling Center

Center for Disability & Access

International Student & Scholar Services

Office of General Counsel

Center for Student Wellness

Faculty Partners

 Office of Equal Opportunity

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If a person is an immediate threat to themselves or someone else, or is incapable of caring for themselves, call 911.


how the process works

Response Guide

When to Make a Report

Additional Resources

Jolene Des Roches
Assistant Dean of Students for Behavioral Intervention

Allison Frost
Case Manager




Last Updated: 8/17/18