I. Introduction: The Joliet Junior College Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) has been established as a part of the College Campus Violence Prevention Plan and shall operate under the auspices of the JJC Campus Violence Prevention Committee. The primary purpose for the establishment of the BIT (hereafter referred to as Team) is to create an interdisciplinary alliance of College departments with the single focus of investigating reports of potential or real violence that have occurred or potentially may occur within the College community. The College recognizes the importance of interdepartmental communication in helping to identify and respond to such acts of violence against self or others. The members of the Team shall be as follows:
- Dean of Students - Chair
- Vice President of Student Development
- Chief of Police
- Dean of Arts & Sciences
- Members of Counseling Staff
- Manager of Student Accommodations & Resources (STaR)
- Coordinator of Student Conduct
- Director of Human Resources
- Faculty Chair of Nursing
- Director of Environmental Health & Safety
II. Authority: Within the parameters of existing state and federal statutes, the members the Team shall have access to all pertinent records and information, held within each member's department, which would aid the Team in fully investigating, reviewing and determining a course of action to properly resolve incidents reported to the Team. Team files shall be maintained by the Dean of Students.
Employees of the college are directed to cooperate with investigations conducted by the Team.
The primary charges of the Team are to:
- Review all referred incidents of actual or potential violence, as soon as reasonably possible: It is recognized that some referrals, by their very nature, will require immediate review and response while others may be dealt with during regular Team meetings.
- Determine if a threat exists and develop a strategy or plan of action to respond to that threat: The Team will use a fact based assessment process to determine if a threat exists and to develop an appropriate plan of action. Action plans should take into consideration the potential for incidents of targeted violence and should be incident specific.
- Take appropriate action to implement the plan and mitigate the danger: The Team shall implement the agreed upon action plan and assure that all necessary Follow up and documentation is conducted. Any action plan shall make available, and use as needed, a full range of support services including mental health, crisis management, as well as victim services.
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