Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

Concerned about a student? Have you noticed behaviors or heard someone say something that worries you or makes you think that they may need help? Perhaps it’s a classmate or friend and you know they are going through a tough time and you don’t know how to get them help or what to do.

If you notice a student that is struggling with any of the following, Guttman has a team of people called BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) that can direct students to resources and solutions before a crisis arises.

  • Expressing violent or aggressive thoughts thoughts or says things you think might be disturbing
  • Disengaging and/or isolating themselves
  • Experiencing dramatic mood shifts
  • Making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings or papers
  • Making threatening comments in conversation or in writing
  • Showing disruptive, unusual, or bizarre behavior
  • Expressing thoughts of harming self or others (immediately notify Public Safety or call 911 if someone is at risk of harming themselves or another person. Then complete a BIT referral form. Safety is of utmost importance and must be established first!)
  • Psychological or behavioral concerns with no sign of improvement despite referrals (depression, severe anxiety/panic, anger outbursts)
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Abuse – physical, emotional, and/or sexual
  • Partner violence
  • Stalking

Get the student help and support by submitting a BIT Referral Form [link]. Once the form comes in, BIT will reach out to the student. Completing the form can be a huge first step. The form below will start the process.  Don’t worry if you can’t or don’t want to answer all the questions.  You can also email BIT at GuttmanBIT@guttman.cuny.edu

BIT Referral Forms

Other resources for all Guttman students include:

Wellness – provides free mental health counseling to help students struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and other counseling-related concerns. Contact: Wellness@guttman.cuny.edu.

Conduct – promotes a safe and secure community and enforces City University of New York rules and regulations through civility, integrity, and student learning while treating each student with dignity and respect. Contact: Carolee.Ramsay@guttman.cuny.edu

Single Stop – connects students to housing, food, and other resources. Contact: Singlestop@guttman.cuny.edu

Public Safety – assists members of the campus community to report and deal with on and off campus emergencies appropriately. Contact: Anastasia.Koutsidis@guttman.cuny.edu

Title IX – addresses and investigates discrimination, sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and sexual violence), and retaliation complaints. Contact: Linda.Merians@guttman.cuny.edu

Anyone from the campus community who observes a violent incident or believes a student is an imminent threat to him/herself or others should immediately contact Public Safety at extension 3-8102 or 212-221-4630 or call 911.