As composition instructors, we are often uniquely positioned to help students in the early stages of transitioning to student life.The University of Oklahoma has a number of resources aimed at giving our students the best possible chance to succeed on campus, not just academically but in all factors of life. Several of these resources have been placed under the umbrella organization of the University of Oklahoma’s Behavior Intervention Team (BIT), a group of trained campus professionals who respond to reports of disruptive or troubling behavior issues. BIT’s mission is to promote student, faculty and staff success and campus safety by identifying individuals who demonstrate behaviors that may be early warning signs of possible disruptive or violent behavior and intervene at the earliest possible point.
When to make a report:
If you have a student who is (or who you suspect might be)...
- experiencing a decline in work or academic performance
- demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior
- showing dramatic changes in appearance, behavior or weight
- having problems at home, with classes or work
- making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings or papers
- sad, anxious or experiencing dramatic mood shifts
- abusing alcohol or drugs
- isolating themselves socially
- acting paranoid or suspicious
- frequently angry or easily frustrated
- struggling with health problems
For more information on BIT, please visit the OU BIT/Compass section entry on our policies page.
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