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Behavioral Intervention Team

Guide to Behavioral Intervention During COVID-19

OCU’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) continues to operate through the COVID-19 situation. Staff members are available to connect with students of concern online, by phone, and with the support of both Residence Life and OCU-PD.

Please use the BIT Referral Form available online to share information on a student of concern.

Faculty and Staff can reach out to the BIT when:

  • Students are not responsive to online classes, project due dates, or are missing scheduled meetings/classes via Zoom, etc.
  • Students demonstrate any worrisome or out of the ordinary behavior.

Students can reach out to the BIT when:

  • They are worried about the wellbeing of a friend/roommate/classmate/acquaintance.
  • They are concerned about themselves and their wellbeing.

Community members can reach out to the BIT when:

  • Parents, guardians, or friends of an OCU student can also share their concerns, particularly if their student is living on-campus at OCU for the remainder of the semester.


In the event of any emergency on Campus, please call OCU-PD

EMERGENCY CALL: 405-208-5911 Non-Emergency: 405-208-5001

Share Because You Care

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) was established with the mandate to identify, assess, and monitor OCU students displaying moderate to extreme levels of concerning behavior, including distress, disruption, and/or behavioral dysregulation such as homicidal, suicidal, assaultive or self-injurious threats, and to implement timely interventions that protect the welfare of the student and the safety of the University Community. The primary goal is to intervene before a crisis arises.

For an immediate threat, call OCUPD at 405-208-5911


Secure Referral Form

Key Objectives

  • Increase identification of OCU Students whose behaviors are distressed, disruptive, and/or dysregulated.
  • Discuss situations brought to its attention by any member of the campus community seeking guidance on concerning, disruptive and/or problematic behaviors that might lead to aggression, self-harm or direct threat.
  • Centralize the process of collecting and assessing “red flags” raised by student behavior and documented by different sources within the University before there is a crisis.
  • Develop a coordinated plan to help students in crisis, mitigate risk, facilitate early intervention and protect and maintain campus safety.
  • Coordinate follow-up with the student of concern to ensure that recommended services, support and resources are deployed effectively.
  • Recommend mandated psychological assessment and/or medical leave/withdrawal, when necessary.
  • Balance FERPA, HIPAA and counselor privilege with University need-to-know and emergency communication needs.
  • Seek to participate in the protection of the campus community in cases of imminent threats to others or self.

Common Behavioral Warning Signs

  • Direct statements indicating distress, family problems, or loss
  • Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness, crying or tearfulness
  • Lack of response to outreach from staff or course instructors
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Frequent or chronic illness
  • Coming to class or work bleary-eyed or smelling of alcohol
  • Angry or hostile outbursts, yelling or aggressive comments
  • Expressions of severe anxiety or irritability
  • Shakiness, tremors, fidgeting or pacing
  • Visible changes in weight, statements about change in appetite or sleep
  • Disorganized speech
  • Concern about a student by his/her peers
  • More withdrawn or animated than usual
  • Excessively demanding or dependent behavior
  • Deterioration in physical appearance or personal hygiene
  • Noticeable bruises, cuts or burns
  • Unusual inability to make eye contact
  • A hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong

The BIT process DOES NOT REPLACE faculty classroom management, disciplinary processes, and/or public safety or law enforcement responses to incidents. The BIT process provides the opportunity to help someone in need by referring concerning, alarming or distressing behaviors.