The Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Team (BIT-TAT) at the University of Arkansas has been developed as part of the Campus Violence Prevention Plan. The overall goal of the BIT-TAT is to promote a safe environment for all, an environment that is focused on and enhances student learning and student development. This goal involves the collaboration of the entire University community in a proactive, prevention-minded approach to problematic behavior. It uses an early identification and response strategy to manage emerging situations with a focus on preventing escalation of concerning behaviors.
The University has created the Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Team (BIT-TAT) to assess, evaluate and review campus violence issues and incidents. BIT-TAT participants fall into two categories. Primary team members are the hands-on decision makers; secondary team members provide insights to the primary BIT-TAT personnel. Primary team members include members from Emergency Management, University Police, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Office of General Counsel, and Human Resources. Secondary team members as are deemed necessary will be added to the committee on a case-by-case basis.
The police and all departments will refer threats that do not rise to immediate police action to the BIT-TAT.
The functions of the BIT-TAT are to:
- Assess urgent incidents of threats and develop a course of action
- Utilize all available resources and disciplines for risk assessment
- Conduct investigations and post-incident analyses to ensure compliance with appropriate policies and procedures
- Make recommendations to the employing department head and other appropriate persons on safety issues that have an impact on employees
- Communicate with the public, employees and families on incidents of workplace violence
- Collect and monitor data relating to violence on campus