Behavioral Intervention Team
For immediate 24-7 assistance and crisis response:
- Columbus Campus: Call the Police Department at 614-287-2525 or dial 911.
- Delaware Campus: Call the Delaware County Sheriff at 740-833-2800 or dial 911.
- Regional Learning Centers: Please call 911 and local police will repsond to the emergency. They will notify Columbus State Police, who will coordinate a response and contact the B.I.T. The site coordiantor at each off-campus center can also help with reporting any non-emergency issues.
For non-emergency situations:
- Please fill out an online report, or,
- Contact a member of the B.I.T. (contact information below)
Concerning Behavioral or Mental Health Issues
Concerns regarding threats of harm to our campus community and/or mental health issues can come from students, employees (faculty, staff, administrators), and third-parties. It is important to respond to all concerning behavior, including examples such as:
- Threats of harm (direct or indirect), self-harm, or physical violence
- Classroom disruption leading to student removal from class or requiring police intervention
- Intoxication/impairment that impacts the learning or work environment
- Behaviors presenting as possible psychological issues
- Changes in behavior that seem out of character that are impacting performance
- Any mention of suicide or other self-injurious activity (i.e., cutting)
- Writing or discussing violence, weapons, harm to others, or self-harm
Columbus State has a Behavioral Intervention Team (B.I.T.) to respond to concerning behavior and student support needs in a timely manner.
- Darla Van Horn, BIT Co-Chair, Student Issue Support, Aquinas Hall 116R, 614-287-2856, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Richard Kane, BIT Co-Chair, Student Conduct, Center for Workforce Development 1101, 614-287-2117, email@example.com
- Tiffany McClain, Disability Services, Eibling 101, 614-287-2571, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joan Cook, Equity and Compliance, 614-287-2636, email@example.com
- Curt Damron, Columbus State Police Department Delaware Hall 047, 614-287-2525, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Molly Sidelinger, Human Resources, Rhodes Hall 127, 614-287-5100, email@example.com
- Corey Harris, BIT Coordinator, Victim Advocacy, Center for Workforce Development 1102, 614-287-2198, firstname.lastname@example.org
The team will discuss the concern, and develop a response to the issue and keep you informed. The B.I.T.'s response may include interim suspension and removal from class and/or campus until the threat can be assessed. Please also inform your chairperson or supervisor of any ongoing issues. Matters involving ongoing or immediate threats may be reviewed first by the College's Threat Assessment Team, who will then follow up with the B.I.T. to coordinate a response as necessary.
If you have general concerns about an individual's behavior, please contact a member of the B.I.T. to consult as early as possible. No issue is too small to be recognized. If you feel threatened or concerned about someone's well-being, trust your instincts and notify someone – if you see or feel something, say something.
RAVE Guardian System
Columbus State community members should register with our RAVE alert system, which allows the College to send text and email alerts for major campus issues (weather closings, power outages, campus emergencies). The RAVE system also has a Virtual Escort feature and a tip line. For more information, visitRAVE Text Message Alerts.