Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
BIT Referral FAQs
If you feel there is an immediate threat, call Public Safety at 718-262-2222.
To make a referral, click here for the online Incident Referral form. You will be asked for basic information about the student, your contact information (in case the BIT committee has follow-up questions) and for a description of the incident or behaviors that prompted the referral.
BIT will respond to any referral submitted. However, to ensure a timely response to situations involving observed behavior by an unknown individual, it is best to contact Public Safety. If the individual in question turns out to be a student, BIT will respond with a thorough follow-up.
BIT will respond to all referrals in a sensitive manner and assess the situation with particular attention to the student's well being. BIT will design an appropriate plan to respond, depending on the nature of the situation. After the assessment, BIT will make a determination that takes into consideration the student's best interests as well as the best interest of the college community.
You do not have to make this determination; BIT will do it for you. The most critical step is that you make the referral at https://www.york.cuny.edu/bit.If another campus resource is more appropriate, BIT will refer the student and handle the transfer of information in a confidential manner.
Typically, behaviors that pose a possible threat to safety or that cause a significant community disruption qualify as cases for BIT, while students who experience other mental health issues are appropriate referrals to the Counseling Center in AC-1G03.
The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) protocol ensures that critical student behaviors that may be a concern to the campus community are addressed appropriately.
There are 3 categories of student behavior that BIT addresses:
- Self-Injurious behavior/ suicidal ideation or attempt.
- Erratic behavior (including online activities) that disrupts the mission and/or normal proceedings of college students, faculty, or staff.
- Behavior that posses the potential compromise of health and safety of students, staff, faculty, staff or the general college community.
Once a report is made to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) and confirmed via incident report or email, the BIT will determine a course of action relative to the particulars of each situation. The type of assessment is dependent on the behavior reported. After the assessment, BIT will make a determination that takes into consideration the student's best interest as well as the best interest of the college community
Members of the Behavioral Intervention Team
- Dr. Karen Williams, Interim Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
- Dana Trimboli, Chief of Staff, Office of the President
- Dr. James Salnave, Interim Assistant Dean, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
- Charmaine Townsell, Interim Sr. Director of Wellness and Resources
- Lieutenant Alexis Roman, Assistant Director, Department of Public Safety
- Dr. Azzie Forbes, Ph.D., LMSW
- Kim Melendez, LCSW – Director, Counseling Center
- Savitrie Rampersaud, Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Ombudsperson
Additional sources of information and referral may come from the following departments & offices:
- Center for Students with Disabilities
- Veteran's Affairs Student Office
- Student Health Services
- Instructional Services
- Finance and Administration
- Academic Departments
- CUNY General Counsel
Thank you for reviewing the Behavioral Intervention Team site.
If you have any further questions or have comments, please contact BIT at BIT@york.cuny.edu.