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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 concerned about someone's health, well-being, 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 identifying concerns, addressing those concerns with the student, 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  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or animated than usual)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

After a BIT referral is submitted, we may reach out to schedule a BIT meeting.  We will seek to gain clarification on the report and allow you to discuss the report from your perspective.  The purpose of the meeting is to determine an action plan moving forward that will promote your well-being and success at USC.  If you feel more comfortable having an advisor with you during the meeting, please invite them and we will make accommodations. This person can be a family member, parent, attorney, student, faculty or staff member. Please note that because the meeting is confidential, students must sign a release form [pdf] to permit the advisor to have access the case.

There are a number of responses the BIT may take when we receive a referral. After a review of concerns in the BIT referral, we may give you a phone call to check-in and/or send you’re the information for a resource we believe may be helpful to you.

Other times, we may invite you to a meeting to speak one on one about the concern for you, whether or not you identify with the concern, and how we may be able to help. In some instances, the BIT may ask you to participate in an assessment by Counseling and Psychiatry of Student Health Services.  

The assessment process generally consists of 1-2 hour-long sessions.  Counseling and Psychiatry will provide you and the BIT with a treatment recommendation after your assessment. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 13% of students referred to our office were also asked to complete an assessment.

After meeting receiving a recommendation from Counseling and Psychiatry the BIT may then schedule a Case Management Meeting to discuss the treatment recommendation, assist you in setting up appointments with your treatment provider, and answer any questions you may have.

If you are referred to an off-campus treatment facility, we will connect you with a Case Manager who will support you in finding a provider and ensure the proper documentation is provided to the BIT.  For your first appointment at an off-campus treatment facility, take your insurance information and expect to complete initial paperwork and an assessment.

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 form 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

Prisma Health Behavioral Care Services
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.

Additional On Campus Resources

Substance Abuse & Recovery

Substance Abuse Prevention & Education


Student Disability Resource Center

Health & Wellness

Student Health Services
Wellness Coaching
Therapy Assisted Online (TAO)

On Campus Students

Residence Life

Parents and Family Members

Parents Programs

Academic Performance

Student Success Center


University Advising Center


Career Center

Academic Integrity



Student Financial Aid & Scholarships

Personal Crisis or Distress

Counseling & Psychiatry


Financial Crisis or Distress

Student Success Center Emergency Loans

Immediate Suicidal Threat


Threats or Acts of Violence



UofSC's Hazing Hotline
National Hotline Number
Fraternity and Sorority Life


Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

Interpersonal Violence

Sexual Assault Violence Intervention & Prevention

Hardship Withdrawals

Dean of Students

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.

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