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Behavioral Assessment Team

BCC’s Behavioral Assessment Team is committed to promoting a safe and welcoming campus through a pro-active, collaborative, and thoughtful process in addressing the diverse psycho-social, emotional and behavioral needs of our students.

What does a Behavioral Assessment Team do?

Our purpose is to assist students experiencing behavioral or emotional difficulties, by evaluating their needs and providing appropriate support and referrals. Our team meets twice monthly and on a as needed basis to review student issues and follow-up on any concerns.

Our team is intentionally comprised of members of diverse areas of the college with expertise in areas that will best support our students.

The members are: VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment, Staff Assistant of VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment, Personal Counselor, Director of Student Engagement, Director of Safety and Security, Director of Recreational Services, and Academic Dean.

Is it an Emergency?

If a student is at imminent risk, and is attempting to seriously hurt themselves or harm someone else, possesses a weapon, or their behavior is out of control — you should call 911 immediately, followed by Security at 413-499-4660 EXT. 6100.

Call 911 (Manually Dial)

Call Campus Security

Reasons to Notify the Team

Generally, you would notify the Team if you are concerned about a student. It may be something you notice in their behavior or it could be that you have a “gut feeling” that they are in distress.

Some of the possible warning signs are:

  • Changes in academic performance
  • Depressed or appearing tired
  • Not attending classes on a regular basis
  • Significant changes in appearance or hygiene
  • Disruptive or agitated behavior
  • Sleeping in class
  • Appearing anxious and not able to focus
  • Loss of contact with reality (psychosis)
  • Concerns about domestic violence
  • Significant alcohol or substance use

What else could I do to be helpful?

  • Talk to the student and share your concern.
  • Be direct and specific — “I’ve noticed you seem really down lately; you don’t seem like yourself.”
  • Listen with sensitivity and offer hope.
  • Refer student to one of the resources listed below.
  • If you are on campus, walk with the student to the appropriate resource.

It will be more helpful for the student to connect with resources other than you as their only connection. Your role is to serve as a bridge to foster these connections.

Campus Resources

Community Resources

Submit a Concern

Do you have a concern about an individual on campus? Submit your concerns to the BAT Team.

Please note: Matters concerning grades, academic progress, financial aid and other issues associated with a student's academic program at BCC should be directed to the appropriate college Dean and should not be reported through a BAT reporting process.

Submit a Concern