How BIT Works

When a BIT report is filed, the team will receive a notification. The report will be reviewed and further information will be gathered to add to the report. After review of the report, appropriate outreach will be conducted.

The Role of BIT

BIT is intended to provide resources and assistance to students, and is generally not a disciplinary referral. The hope of BIT is to intervene before students act in ways that result in disciplinary action.

The role of BIT is to help students be able to succeed. This may look like an email, a meeting with the Dean of Students, or other actions deemed appropriate for that specific question.

BIT maintains all private information of students in order to protect privacy. BIT may or may not reach out to reporters, depending on the situation.

Threat Assessment

In order to determine the need for intervention, BIT uses a threat assessment tool that measures generalized risk, mental and behavioral health, and aggression. Generalized risk includes harm to facilities, reputation, finances, etc.), while mental and behavioral health related risks include harm to self.


All reports to BIT will be handled in a sensitive manner. Information will be shared with others only to the extent necessary to assess and manage the situation and in accordance with state and federal law. Both SUU and the law recognize and protect the confidentiality of communications between persons seeking care and their medical, mental health or religious advisors. SUU’s medical, mental health, and religious professionals respect and protect confidential communications from students, faculty, and staff to the extent that they are legally able to do so. However, those professionals may have to breach a confidence if they perceive a serious risk of danger to another person or property. SUU is also part of a larger community and context. If there is an independent investigation or lawsuit relating to an act of violence or a potential threat, those involved or others may be required by law to provide documents, testimony, or other information.

BIT will treat information and reports brought to its attention with the utmost discretion and confidentiality. It will keep any records that it generates in strict confidence and separate from SUU’s other records. The SUU community must cooperate with BIT’s threat assessments. Cooperation may include undergoing an evaluation by a designated mental health professional. When further investigation is necessary, BIT may gather additional information to make a comprehensive, individualized threat assessment. If BIT determines that intervention is needed, BIT will work with the appropriate SUU offices and departments, and in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of students' educational records. Protecting student privacy is also a high priority of BIT. Records and proceedings of BIT are kept protected and private and are only shared on a "need to know" basis. This "need to know" basis complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

FERPA does not in any way restrict a University employee from sharing what they observe personally. In other words, a University employee would not violate FERPA by advising BIT of what the employee saw or heard when directly interacting with the student, observing a student interaction with others, or otherwise observing a student's behavior or demeanor.