Frequently Asked Questions

Examples of “Red Flag Behaviors”

A “red flag behavior” is concerning, questionable, suspicious or inappropriate behavior that may be presented through an individual’s appearance, spoken or written words, or specific actions. Examples of “red flag behaviors” include:

  • Behavior(s) which regularly interfere with classroom environment or management
  • Notable change in academic performance – poor or inconsistent preparation
  • Notable change in behavior or appearance
  • Impairment of thoughts – verbally or in writing
  • Aggressive behaviors toward others; inability to set limits or re-direct focus
  • Poor decision making and coping skills
  • Inappropriate or strange behavior
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Overreaction to circumstances
  • Lack of resiliency
  • Writings and comments endorsing violence; unusual interest in violence
  • Indirect or direct threats in writings or verbalizations
  • Lack of empathy and concern for others; inability to care
  • Anger management problems
  • Threats to others
  • Appearance of being overly nervous, tense or tearful
  • Withdrawal and isolation

What information should I include in the referral?

If using the online form, just let the fields guide you. Otherwise, to the extent possible, please try to provide the following information, based on the Five Ws:

  • Who: Who was involved? Multiple persons? Witnesses?
  • What: What happened? Details of observation?
  • When: When did the event occur? Date/Time?
  • Where: Where did the event take place?
  • Why: Did something else happen leading to the event?

What happens after I make a referral to the BIT-TAT?

  • Depending upon the situation, immediate action may be taken
  • The BIT-TAT will meet and discuss the incident
  • Additional information from the reporter and other people may be collected
  • Threat Assessment Tools are utilized
  • Appropriate intervention is determined and action is taken
  • Feedback is provided (when appropriate and in keeping with federal and state laws)

How do I know if this is a BIT-TAT issue?

You do not have to make this determination.  Go ahead and report your concern and, if another entity should be involved, the BIT-TAT will coordinate the transfer of information from BIT-TAT to the other campus resource/department. 

Will I receive feedback after making a referral to the BIT-TAT?

Select information may be provided to the reporter depending upon the situation, confidentiality, FERPA and other legal considerations.