Behavioral Intervention Team

The health, safety and well-being of individuals who make up the SUNY Morrisville community are of the highest priority. Procedures are in place to address student problems and concerns that interfere with successful engagement in campus life.

The SUNY Morrisville Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) was established to make behavioral threat assessments and intervention strategies. These activities do not replace the college disciplinary process, faculty classroom management, or responses of University police. To report an incident or a situation of concern, you can contact New York State University Police at 315.684.6410 or the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 315.684.6070. Conduct violations will be handled in accordance with the procedures outlined in The SUNY Morrisville Student Code of Conduct which can be reviewed at

The Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) is comprised of administrators and staff who work closely with students who may be struggling. The BIT coordinates resources and assists students who may exhibit maladaptive behavior, or show signs of potentially being a danger to themselves or others here. The team develops intervention plans based on the problems and concerns identified. Typical issues which may be reported include: socially inappropriate behavior; alcohol or drug abuse; significant health concerns that interfere with daily functioning; sudden, alarming changes in behavior.

BIT Composition

  • Coordinator of Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Vice President of Student Affairs
  • New York State University Police Chief - Morrisville
  • Student Health and Counseling Services Center Representative
  • Director of Residence Life
  • Others as appropriate

BIT Procedures

  • University Police, Coordinator of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Residence Life Staff, or trusted faculty/staff can serve as the initial contact when concerns arise about a student's behavior or when a member of the community learns of a major life change or incident that is affecting a student's ability to function appropriately or productively in the college environment.
  • If someone believes there is an immediate threat of self-harm or harm to others, they should call University Police at 315-684-6410.
  • Students may be identified for follow-up by the BIT team or by faculty, staff or others.
  • The BIT will consider the information provided and make decisions about appropriate follow-up that might seem appropriate.
  • If the team determines the student needs intervention, the student will be contacted by an assigned member of the team to initiate follow-up to assist the student.
  • Student Health and Counseling Services Center representatives may be on the team or consulted, but they may not always be able to comment on specific student matters for privacy and confidentiality reasons. In such cases, they can serve as resources for the team in determining general intervention strategies and providing professional mental and physical health perspectives.

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