While interacting with individuals across the College community, students, faculty and staff may be confronted with situations in which a student is displaying concerning behavior. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is designed to provide timely and supportive assistance in such instances.

Behaviors of concern might be observed in a number of settings: in the classroom, at a service location or office, at an on-campus job or during participation at an extracurricular activity, among others. By reporting behaviors of concern, the College community will enable BIT to reach out to students in order to intervene, provide direction, and connect them with resources that can assist in stopping and redirecting the behavior.

Mission Statement

The Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) works collaboratively to prevent, identify, assess, and respond to behaviors and situations that pose, or may pose a disruption to the safety and learning opportunities of our College community and/or to support students whose patterns of behaviors have raised concerns for their well-being.

Purpose

The purpose of BIT is to address and work to prevent student behaviors that are disruptive or pose a threat to the College community. BIT also works to care for and support students who may be in distress. The team meets on a regular basis in order to:

  • Collect information from students, faculty, staff and community members about students whose behaviors may pose a threat to themselves or the campus community
  • Review collected information and assess for risk of harm to an individual student(s) and/or the College community
  • Implement appropriate interventions based upon the level of risk assessed to prevent harm and support the safety and well-being of individual student(s) and/or the campus community
  • Support and connect students in distress to College and community resources to support their personal and academic success
  • Educate students, faculty, staff and community members on how to recognize concerning behaviors and encourage reporting
How to Report a Student of Concern

Immediate Action should be taken by calling Campus Safety at 507-280-3175 or 9-1-1 when:

  • Student is threatening harm to self or others
  • Student behavior is threatening or fearful
  • Student is not following a directive to leave a classroom/space following a disruption
  • Student is reporting or initiating a threat to the campus community

If immediate action is not needed you may submit a Student of Concern Report.

Reports submitted using the Student of Concern Report are immediately entered into a secure database and an automated notification is sent to the Director of Student Conduct for an initial review. Reports are then presented to BIT for an assessment of risk and recommendations for intervention.

Reports are reviewed Monday through Friday during business hours.

You may also choose to e-mail bit@rctc.edu or call 507-285-7195 with specific questions.

Team Members
  • Rebecca Peine – Director of Student Conduct
  • Lisa Mohr – Dean of Student Success
  • Katie Swegarden - Coordinator of Student Health Services
  • Andy Hamann – Security Coordinator
  • Todd Jones – Security Officer
  • Gregg Wright – Counselor
  • Becky Smith - Counselor
  • Deb Vang - Counselor

BIT may also consult with and/or bring in additional team members in specific cases that warrant specialized knowledge, skills, and expertise. 

Student Privacy

BIT records are private and are maintained by the Director of Student Conduct and reviewed by team members when appropriate. Records related to BIT will only be released in accordance within established college guidelines and legal and professional standards of confidentiality including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA allows for the release of student education records in accordance with health and safety emergencies when necessary to protect the health and safety of the student or other individuals. Team members may provide each other or or faculty/staff/students involved in a particular case, or outside parties in connection with the situation, with information as is necessary to protect the health, safety, and privacy of the student.

Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
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