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BIT Referral

The University of South Carolina Lancaster is concerned about the safety, health, and well-being of all of its students, faculty, and staff, and has policies regarding the well-being for all members of the University of South Carolina Lancaster community. Specifically, the policies address student activities that are disruptive to the mission of the University, as well as any suicidal or self injurious threats or behaviors. As a result of growing national trends on college campuses of mental health issues and the increase in hospitalizations and deaths due to alcohol consumption, the University of South Carolina Lancaster created the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). The BIT has been charged with upholding these policies and maintaining a healthy environment for the entire University of South Carolina Lancaster community.

When To Make BIT Referral

If You 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
  • Weapons on campus
  • Significant inappropriate disruption to the community
  • Threats of harm to others
  • Potential for safety being compromised

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  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or animated than usual)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 Academic Success Center

Involuntary transportation to the hospital for alcohol and drug use/abuse. Involuntary transportation may be provided by 911 first responders.

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.