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Behavior Intervention Team Referral

Behaviors can be important signals of distress. Don't wait for proof that a problem exists. If you are unsure what to do, we encourage you to call our office for a consultation. 

Submit Behavior Intervention Team Referral (BIT) Incident Report

We all play a vital role in ensuring campus safety. For concerns about student behavior, contact USC Police at 803-777-4215, or call 911.

 

When to Make a BIT Report

If You Have Witnessed:

Self-injurious behavior

  • Suicide attempt or talking about suicide
  • Illegal drug use
  • Substance abuse
  • Disordered eating
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Emotional distress

Erratic behavior (including online activities)

Behavior that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of the university community and increases the potential for compromised safety; threats to bring a weapon on campus, for example.  

 

Signs to Look For

Physical Signs
  • Significant changes in energy
  • Frequent state of intoxication
  • Significant weight loss
  • Worrisome changes in hygiene
  • Noticable cuts, bruises and burns
  • Sleeping in class or at other inappropriate times
Emotional Signs
  • Inappropriate emotional outbursts
  • Direct statements indicating distress
  • Expressions of hopelessness or suicide
  • Peer concerns for another student
  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or animated than usual)
Academic Signs
  • Deterioration in academic work
  • Disorganized or erratic performance
  • Repreated absences and missed assignments
  • Ranting or threatening emails
  • Continual seeking of special provisions

 

Who can make a BIT report?

Anyone who feels a student is a threat to themselves or the community can make a BIT referral; including students, parents, faculty and staff, and other community members.

 

The BIT Process

If the team determines you are appropriate for the BIT process, you may be asked to participate in an assessment at Counseling and Psychiatry. The type of assessment is dependent on the behavior. You will generally be required to participate in a minimum of 4 sessions.

You are allowed to bring an advisor to a BIT meeting. That person may be faculty, staff, student, family member, parent or attorney. Please note that, because it is confidential, you must sign a release form to permit your advisor to access your case.
Consent to Release Information Form (PDF) »
Treatment Proof Form

 

Treatment Options

Off-Campus Assessment/ Intake

Each treatment facility in our area has their own process for handling new clients. You can generally expect the assessment to take 1-3 hours, depending upon your circumstances. There may be initial paperwork to complete. Make sure to take your health insurance cards and present them when you arrive.

A licensed mental health clinician will complete your assessment, which will require them to ask you a broad range of questions. Once finished, they will provide you with feedback regarding their findings and what treatment(s) are best suited for your needs.

Please be sure to sign a Conset to Release Information waiver so that the information can be faxed to the BIT at 803-777-1393. 

Six-Week Alcohol/ Drug Use Group

The standard six-week group takes a psycho-educational approach to providing information and insight regarding the use of substances. It meets once per week over a six week period, with a different topic being presented each week.

There are a range of topics. For example:

  • The impact of substances
  • South Carolina laws 
  • Minimizing risky behaviors

You are expected to participate. The goals of the group are to help you make informed decisions about substance use, to explore the role of substances in your life and to focus on risk reduction.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

If your substance use treatment needs go beyond what we can provide on-campus, you may need Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP). Treatment is received several times a week and counseling sessions vary, but are usually two to three hours long.

Three programs in the Columbia area provide IOP services during day and evening hours.  

Local Programs 

Lexington/Richland Alcohol Drug Abuse Commission (LRADAC) 
2711 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone:726-9300
Services: Day & evening programs

Palmetto Health Behavioral Care
Richland Medical Park Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 434-4813 

Three Rivers Behavioral Health
2900 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 796-9911
Services: Mostly evening programs Private for-profit hospital-based

 

Before You Go

Call ahead to ask questions and get specific information about hours of operation, fees and health insurance requirements.

If you have commercial health insurance, take your insurance card to your first appointment.

 

Please note: We are providing this data to help you connect to these programs. Fees, hours of operation, phone numbers and other information are subject to change. Please contact each program for specific, up-to-date information.

Registration Holds

If you don't show up to your scheduled meeting or you fail to complete the action plan assigned to you, a hold will be placed on your registration. The hold will remain until you attend the meeting or complete the action(s). 

 

Transcripts and Scholarships

BIT cases are not punitive and will not appear on your academic record or transcript. Case records are kept confidential and will not be shared without written permission, unless there is an immediate health or safety risk.

Your scholarship will only be affected if your scholarship provider requires a conduct clearance. Information regarding a BIT case will not be shared.