The Role of BIT
BIT is intended to provide resources and assistance to students, and is generally not a disciplinary referral. The hope of BIT is to intervene before students act in ways that result in meetings with a conduct officer.
The role of BIT is to help students be able to succeed. This may look like an email, a meeting with the Assistant Dean for Behavioral Intervention, or other actions deemed appropriate for that specific question.
BIT maintains all private information of students in order to protect privacy. BIT may or may not reach out to reporters, depending on the situation.
Yes. It is important to respond to any outreach by a University of Utah official. Failure to do so in a timely fashion may result in additional actions being taken to ensure that the student is safe and a referral to Student Conduct.
Yes. The BIT understands that we may not have all of the correct information. Students have the right to share their perspective, and this will be taken into consideration when determining an appropriate course of action.
A student’s privacy is valued; however, some information is disclosed to the BIT, which is comprised of team made up of high-level administrators. BIT leadership, including the Case Manager and Assistant Dean of Students for Behavioral Intervention, will handle most of the information
In order to determine the need for intervention, BIT uses a threat assessment tool that measures generalized risk, mental and behavioral health, and aggression. Generalized risk includes harm to facilities, reputation, finances, etc.), while mental and behavioral health related risks include harm to self.
A copy of the threat assessment tool can be found here.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of students' educational records. Protecting student privacy is also a high priority of the Behavioral Intervention Team. Records and proceedings of BIT are kept protected and private and are only shared on a "need to know" basis. This "need to know" basis complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
FERPA does not in any way restrict a University employee from sharing what they observe personally. In other words, a University employee would not violate FERPA by advising BIT of what the employee saw or heard when directly interacting with the student, observing a student interaction with others, or otherwise observing a student's behavior or demeanor.