What is SBIT?
We want you to be safe and happy! One of the ways we strive to provide a proactive
and preventative approach to make sure you stay safe and happy is through our Student
Behavior Intervention Team (SBIT). The SBIT balances the individual needs of the student
with those of the greater College community to provide a safe campus environment and
foster an institutional culture for sharing information and developing plans of support
for students of concern through collaboration, risk assessment and intervention.
By formalizing an information sharing system, conducting threat assessments, and intervening with students at risk, the SBIT aims to identify patterns of behavior that indicate possible risk or threat to maximize early detection and engagement opportunities.
The SBIT does not replace the disciplinary process, classroom management, or public safety response to incidents. The SBIT works within all College policies and coordinates campus resources to help students achieve success.
You are encouraged to report concerns of unusual and/or threatening behavior to the SBIT by submitting the SBIT referral form, even if you aren't experiencing a direct threat or an immediate danger.
- Unusual or erratic behavior
- Extended absence from class or work by a typically engaged student
- Verbal or written threats made by a student toward another student, faculty or staff
- Verbal or written expressions of suicidal ideation
- Extreme rudeness or insubordination to you or fellow students, staff, faculty or administrators
- Extreme classroom disruption
- Any other action which causes an alarm or calls into question the safety of the College community
If the incident is determined to be a Title IX issue, the report is taken over by our Title IX office. Don't worry about deciding yourself, just file the report, and we'll take care of it!
If the incident is not a Title IX issue, the SBIT team evaluates the situation. One or more of three outcomes are possible:
- SBIT may decide to address the concern and develop a plan of action to help the student(s) involved.
- SBIT may determine that the situation needs documentation and further attention at subsequent meetings.
- If there is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the issue will follow the rules found therein.
Whatever outcome is chosen, SBIT continues a cycle of concerned conversations, correct action and debriefing to provide students with a supportive network throughout their time at CBC.
CBC offers short-term counseling services for current students on campus. There are no fees for these services and strict confidentiality is maintained in accordance with legal and ethical guidelines.
Crisis Response Unit: 509-783-0500 (24-hour hotline)
Domestic Violence Services: 509-582-9841 (24-hour hotline)
Sexual Assault Response Center: 509-374-5391 (24-hour hotline)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Disability Support Services
CBC provides support services for students with disabilities to ensure that programs and facilities are accessible and that students have equal access to all educational programs and services.
Discrimination and Harassment Grievances
Columbia Basin College affirms a commitment to freedom from discrimination for all members of the College community. CBC expressly prohibits discrimination and harassment against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.
Security and Safety
Columbia Basin College’s Campus Security staff works to ensure a safe and orderly environment in which members of the college community can pursue their educational goals. They provide service and assistance to students, staff and community members and assure compliance with college regulations.
Columbia Basin College is supportive of diversity among ideas, cultures and student characteristics in the pursuit of advancing one’s education. A responsibility to secure, respect and protect such opportunities and conditions is shared by all members of the academic community.
As a member of this community, you are expected to uphold and be accountable for this student code of conduct both on and off campus and acknowledge that the College has the authority to take disciplinary measures when policies are violated.