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Shoreline Behavioral Intervention Team

The Shoreline Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) identifies, assesses, and monitors concerns about student behavior and welfare and coordinates response using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.

BIT’s Purpose

  • Identify, assess, and support students who display concerning, problematic or disruptive behavior.
  • Initiate appropriate measures to support the student and community.
  • Coordinate activities with other initiatives/programs to support students.
  • Educate and empower the campus community to recognize, report, manage, and effectively address concerning, problematic, disruptive, threatening and/or violent behaviors.
  • Provide consultation, support, recommendations, and intervention assistance to campus constituents to help students and manage concerning situations or behaviors, preferably before they repeat, escalate, or become threats or acts of violence.
  • Collect, assess, and track reports and information about student behaviors to identify and respond to patters of behavior or trends.

What and When to Report

In a life-threatening emergency, call 911.  BIT does NOT respond directly to emergencies.

Report any behavior that causes you concern or may make others feel unsafe.  Err on the side caution when deciding to report, even if you are not sure or just want the information tracked to monitor a pattern of behavior.

If you report a behavior of concern, please be prepared to share:

  • Your contact information;
  • Name/any known information about the person you are referring;
  • Summary of the observed behavior or concern, including when and where it occurred. The more specific your observations, the better;
  • Any attempts to intervene, manage, or address the behavior; and
  • Other information you believe may be important.

 You can make an anonymous report, however, response may be limited.

REPORT A CONCERN

What Happens After I Make a Report?

After reviewing a report, a BIT member will contact the reporting party no later than the next business day. BIT conducts an initial assessment on every referral to determine whether initial action is warranted. In many cases, the outcome of the initial assessment is simply to offer support and resources to either the individual who reports the concern, the person of concern, or both.

In some cases, a more in-depth investigation may occur before BIT can determine next steps of intervention. The reporting party will be kept informed as appropriate for the situation while mindful of the privacy of all parties involved.

If there is a potential threat, the BIT provides guidance and recommendations to the appropriate individuals to mitigate or manage the threat. The BIT retains all reported information to assist in identifying potential behavioral patterns.

The BIT can help those who report to contact the police as well as on- and off-campus support resources if there is a safety concern. While maintaining privacy is BIT's goal, be aware that reports and other communication may be subject to review as outlined in federal and state laws. The campus does not tolerate retaliation.

Who Serves on the BIT?

  • Sheryl Copeland, Interim Director, Counseling Center (BIT Chair)
  • Lianne Almughirah, Director, International Admissions and Student Services
  • Jennifer Coogan, Associate Dean, Advising
  • Angela Hughes, Program Support Specialist 3, Student Support Programs
  • Mariko Kakiuchi, Director, Youth Re-Engagement Programs/Title IX Coordinator
  • Amy Kinsel, Dean, Social Sciences & Library
  • Derek Levy, Acting Associate Dean, Student Support Programs
  • Edwin Lucero, Director, Campus Safety & Security

Helpful Resources

The following resources may be helpful to you:

How to Report

REPORT A CONCERN

BIT Administrators:

Sheryl Copeland - Interim Director, Counseling Center (BIT Chair)
Room: 5245
(206) 533-6712
scopeland@shoreline.edu 
 
Derek Levy - Acting Associate Dean, Student Support Programs (Conduct Officer)
Room: 5216
(206) 546-4544
dlevy@shoreline.edu