Skip to Content

Student Affairs and Academic Support

Behavioral Intervention Team

We value all members of our Carolina Community, if you see a student in distress, take action and refer them to the Behavioral Intervention Team. 

Submit Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) Referral

If you are ever conerned about someone's health, wellbeing, or safety, submit a referral. In the event of an emergency, contact USCPD at 803-777-4215 or call 911.


Who is the BIT?

The BIT is a group of caring professionals dedicated to student success and well-being by indentifying concerns, addressing those concerns with the stuent, and referring them to campus and community resources. The BIT's goal is to ensure that the community at large remains safe while the student involved gains the necessary resources to remain successful academically and personally at UofSC. 


When to Make a BIT Referral

If You Have Witnessed

  • Suicide attempt or talking about suicide
  • Illegal drug use
  • Disordered eating
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Emotional distress
  • Substance use
  • Unusual behavior
  • Victimization
  • Grieving student
  • Emotional distress

Signs to Look For

  • Significant changes in energy
  • Frequent state of intoxication
  • Significant weight loss
  • Worrisome changes in hygiene
  • Noticeable cuts, bruises and burns
  • Sleeping in class or at other inappropriate times
  • 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  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or animated than usual)
  • Deterioration in academic work
  • Disorganized or concerning performance
  • Repeated absences and missed assignments
  • Ranting or threatening emails
  • Continual seeking of special provisions

For general academic concerns, refer to the Student Success Center

Who can make a BIT referral?

Anyone who feels a student is a risk 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 a referred student is appropriate for the BIT process, they may be asked to participate in an assessment at Counseling and Psychiatry. The type of assessment is dependent on the behavior. A student will generally be required to participate in 1-2 sessions in order to complete the assessment.

Students 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 the meeting is confidential, students must sign a release form to permit the advisor to have access the case.
Consent to Release Information Form [pdf] 
Treatment Proof Form


Treatment Options

Appointments can be made for students through Counseling and Psychiatry. 

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

If UofSC cannot accommodate a treatment need, the student will be referred to an off campus facility.

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 Consent to Release Information waiver so that the information can be faxed to the BIT at 803-777-1393. 

Often-Used Programs 

1441 St Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-750-8444

Lexington/Richland Alcohol Drug Abuse Commission (LRADAC) 
2711 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-726-9300

Palmetto Health Behavioral Care
Richland Medical Park Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: 803-434-4813 

Three Rivers Behavioral Health
2900 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: 803-796-9911

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.

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.