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 witness self-injurious behavior such as:
A suicide attempt or talking about suicide
Illegal drug use
If you witness erratic behavior including online activitiesthat:
Disrupt the mission and/or normal proceedings of the university community
Increase the potential for compromised safety such as a threat to bring a weapon on
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Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or animated than usual)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 erratic performance
Repeated 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. This includes students, parents, faculty, staff and other community members.
The BIT Process
If the BIT team determines you are appropriate for the BIT process, you may be asked to
participate in an assessment by Counseling and Psychiatry of Student Health Services.
The type of assessment is dependent on the behavior. You will generally be required
to participate in a minimum of four sessions.
You are allowed to bring an advisor to a BIT meeting. That person may be faculty,
staff, a 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
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 one to three 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 team 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, including:
The impact of substances
South Carolina laws
Minimizing risky behaviors
You are expected to participate in the group. 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.
Three Rivers Behavioral Health 2900 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169 Phone: 803-796-9911 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.
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.
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.
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