BIRT - Behavioral Intervention & Recommendation Team
What is BIRT?
The Behavioral Intervention & Recommendation Team (BIRT) is a collaborative interdisciplinary committee of district college officials.
BIRT is intended to meet two distinct objectives. First, the BIRT enhances institutional awareness of potential threats to campus safety. Second, the BIRT can provide students, faculty and staff with opportunities to assess and manage problematic behavior before this behavior becomes a formal violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
BIRT encourages faculty, staff, and students to report behavioral issues that represent disruptions that may affect the learning environment.
- Concerned for welfare and safety of all of its students, faculty, and staff.
- Promote an environment where individuals are free to learn, teach, and work unencumbered and uninhibited by threats of intimidation and harm.
- Multidisciplinary campus threat assessment and behavioral intervention team that guides the campus community in effectively assessing and addressing threatening and/or concerning behaviors.
- Strives to assist the campus in intervening before behaviors reach a critical level.
Members of the team act with a common purpose to
- address concerns through review of situations/incidents,
- information gathering and sharing, and
- providing recommendations to ensure safety and educational success.
The BIRT does not replace other classroom management or disciplinary processes nor does it address student behaviors that require immediate health, police, or mental health attention.
The success of this process hinges on the College’s commitment to reporting concerns about potential threat of violence or concerning behavior. Submit a Referral to BIRT to report concerning behaviors or email us at for general questions or comments.
- When a student makes reference to threats of suicide or attempt at suicide, a judgment should be made by a mental health professional about the seriousness of a possible suicidal thought or behavior.
- Suicide attempts are first and foremost a medical emergency. If dangerous or suicidal behavior appears imminent or has already occurred, contact Public Safety or dial 911. www.fsw.edu/publicsafety
- References to or threats of self-harm should be treated seriously. Walk student to the Campus Counselor for a mental health evaluation www.fsw.edu/counseling. Or to the Campus Deans' office if counselor is unavailable.
- Instances that involve immediate risk/threat to the community should be referred to Public Safety.
|Threatening Behaviors typically leave us feeling frightened and in fear for our safety or the safety of others.||
|Responses to Threatening Behavior||
|Disruptive Behaviors interfere with or disrupt the educational process of other students or the normal functions of the College||
|Responses to Disruptive Behavior||
|Troubling Behaviors cause us to feel alarmed, upset, or worried for a person’s well-being||
|Responses to Troubling Behavior||
The following behaviors can all be important signs of a student in distress. As a member of the College community, you may notice a student exhibiting any of the following signs and decide that something may be wrong. Don’t wait for tangible "proof" that a problem exists. A simple check-in with the student may also help you develop a better sense of his/her situation and help you better articulate your concern for the student.
Ongoing disruptive behavior in the classroom
- asking inappropriate or irrelevant questions or inappropriate interaction with other students
- failure to comply with directives from faculty
- direct insubordination/aggressive behavior towards others, extremely erratic behavior
- written or artistic expression of extreme violence, morbidity, despair, self-harm
- deterioration of physical appearance or personal hygiene
- noticeable signs of physical abuse (cuts, bruises, burns, etc…)
- disoriented or confused behavior
- evidence of drug/alcohol abuse (multiple occasions appear intoxicated)
- direct statement(s) describing violence toward self or others
- unexplained hostility toward others
- expressions of self-loathing, hopelessness, social isolation
- excessively demanding behavior