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Behavior Intervention Team helps keep LCC campus safe

Behavior Intervention Team helps keep LCC campus safe

Jaimie Bozack
Staff Writer

Students walk from class to class on a daily basis, sometimes forgetting about the dangers that can be on a college campus.

LCC’s Behavior Intervention Team does the work for students by focusing on ways to improve campus safety and prevent problems before they happen.

The Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) consists of four different divisions within the college: campus police, counseling, EMSS, and the Judicial Office.

According to Director of Student Compliance Beverly Baligad, the program focuses on students who cause concern with their behavior on campus.

“We look at student issues and make decisions to potential risks,” Baligad said. “We focus on something a student is doing that is not just violating the code, but also causing worry for either the welfare of other students or themselves.”

Baligad said the BIT program at LCC started in 2010 after the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre. It has become a practice around the U.S.

“We have a well-rounded intervention team with good protocol,” Baligad said. “We are one of the only colleges that have a written protocol, and other colleges look to it as an example.”

According to Baligad, a form to report any questionable behavior is on the LCC website and is open to teachers, students and community members.

“A lot of people are starting to hear about BIT and our online system that allows people to report behavior from the privacy of their own home,” Baligad said.

Baligad said once a student is reported, the form is reviewed by the judicial office and the other divisions of BIT.

“We have to weigh all the behaviors and information that is available to us,” Baligad said. “If all we get is a report about a student being disruptive once, we probably won’t bring him in.”

According to Baligad, working for BIT is very rewarding.

“To me the biggest reward is when a student appears to be off track, and then the judicial affairs of BIT knocks them back on track,” Baligad said. “At the end of the day we are not trying to get rid of students, we are there to reach out to them.”

Baligad said she encourages everyone to report behavior to BIT online or in the Student Affairs Divisional Office, located in room 135 of the Gannon Building.

“We are kind of the insurance policy that you have … tucked away on the side if you really need it and know it’s there,” Baligad said.

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