Behavior Consultation Team
The Behavior Consultation Team (BCT) is designed for early intervention regarding behavioral issues to help support the health, safety, and success of the IU Northwest community.
The BCT is a campus wide team that provides consultation, makes recommendations for action and coordinates campus resources in response to reports of disruptive or concerning behavior displayed by students.
Examples of such instance include, but are not limited to:
- Behavior that appears to be dangerous or threatening to oneself or others.
- Bizarre or strange behavior such as acting out of touch with reality
- Angry, hostile or abusive behavior.
- Other behavior that is inappropriate, worrisome or disruptive
Individuals wishing to communicate with the BCT should call the Dean of Students at (219) 981-5660.
All concerns requiring immediate attention (violent, threatening or imminent suicidal behavior) should be directed to the University Police at 219-981-6501
- Addressing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
- National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA)
- Disruptive vs. Dangerous Behaviors
- Helping Students in Distress
- Barbara Dahl, Director of Counseling Services
- Monte Davis, Chief, IUPD - Northwest
- Marshelia Harris, BSW Field Coordinator, Division of Social Work
- Sean Liesenfelt, Detective
- Cynthia O'Dell, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
- Beth Tyler, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students (chair)
The BCT does not enact sanctions or administer policy regarding referrals; however the BCT can coordinate and share information with units that may take administrative actions such as: evaluation for immediate detention; conduct/disciplinary action; emergency notification of others; parental/guardian notification; and recommend medical/psychological evaluation and/or permission to receive such records.
In some cases, there may be no violation of campus rules or policies, but the behavior may evoke alarm or concern among involved persons. The BCT provides consultation and recommendations to the appropriate parties, such as classroom or workplace management strategies; behavioral contract development; awareness of campus resources and services; and possible mediation. Each situation will be evaluated individually and recommendations will be made accordingly.