Bias and Behavioral Intervention Procedure

Procedure Section: 
Administrative Services
Effective: 
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Procedure: 

I.     Behavioral Intervention Team  
The College maintains a Behavioral Intervention Team.  Based upon referrals and reports from faculty and staff, the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) plans and implements intervention strategies to assist troubled students before a crises arises.

The BIT is a multidisciplinary team that meets at least monthly to:
     1.  Gather information to assess situations involving students who display concerning or disruptive behaviors;
     2.  Provide consultation and support to faculty and staff;
     3.  Assess the source, nature, and severity of the threat and implement intervention strategies;
     4.  Connect students with appropriate campus and community resources; and
     5.  Monitor ongoing behavior of students who have displayed disruptive or concerning behavior.

Faculty and staff provide reports of behaviors of concern by a "red flag" system on the College’s web site. They may do so anonymously if they wish.

II.     SAFE ZONE  
Students and employees have the right to learn and work on a campus free of bias-motivated harassment. SPSCC has a Safe Zone Team that meets as needed to review reports of bias. Training for faculty and staff is conducted quarterly on appropriate response to bias incident reports and the requirements to be a "Safe Zone" on campus for people to take refuge in and make reports to.  The Safe Zone Team can be composed of members from Instruction, Human Resources, Student Life, Public Relations, Security, Counseling, and Diversity and Equity.

A bias-motivated incident is an action in which a person is targeted merely by virtue of characteristics of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran's status, or disability. These include, but are not limited to, harassment and verbal slurs.

Some bias incidents rise to the level of hate crimes, which is a crime motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s status. Hate crimes range from violent acts to threats to property destruction or vandalism.

Anyone on campus may submit a bias incident report.

     Forms are available in:
        Campus Security (building 25)
        At any Safe Zone office

     Return the form to Campus Security:
        In person
        By email: biasreport@spscc.edu
        By giving the form to any Safe Zone participant (offices)

     OR

     Call (360) 754-7711, extension 3235 (you don’t have to leave your name)

Reporting bias incidents, even verbal slurs or graffiti that target people’s identities, can give us information about the types of bias incidents that are occurring on campus. With this information, the Safe Zone Team can make plans for intervention, raise awareness about specific issues, and disseminate information about referrals and victim support. By intervening in bias early, we can hopefully prevent hate crimes from occurring.

Purpose: 

This policy is intended to outline activities of the college Safe Zone team and Behavioral Intervention Team.

Procedure Code: 
PRPEAO419