• Behavioral Intervention   

    Referral Process 


       How to make a referral?



    How to make a referral:  

    Initially, referrals will be made to the BIT using the paper form included. At a later time, referrals will be made using an online database.  

    Referral forms should be given to Zachary Suarez, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success, and they may be sent via interoffice mail, dropped off in person (at the administrative offices at any CBC site), or emailed as an attachment to zsuarez@coastalbend.edu.  


    Who can make referrals? 
    Referrals may be made by CBC staff, faculty, or students. All employees are expected to report incidents or red flags to the BIT except those covered by privilege at the time of receiving the report or becoming aware of the incident.

    Incident or red flags are to be reported to the BIT by employees within 24 hours of first becoming aware of the incident (if not sooner).  

    What to include in a referral? 

    As much detail as possible should be included, filling out all fields. Information provided should focus on objective, observable behaviors that relate to academic/work performance, behavior, and appearance. Please refrain from making judgmental statements or diagnostic conjectures.  

    What behaviors warrant a referral?
    A list of the types of behaviors or actions that should be reported can be found below, though the list is not exhaustive. Reporters are expected to use their judgment as to what is reportable, erring on the side of over-reporting if in doubt. 

    For example, if an incident may seem minor, but other similar incidents occur in close proximity, they may indicate a pattern not visible to the witness of a single incident.  

     • Extreme rudeness or insubordination to university officials, staff, faculty or administrators  

     • Classroom disruption  

     • All violations of residence hall rules  

     • All violations of the student code of conduct  

     • Drunkenness in the classroom  

     • Threatening words or actions   

     • Writings that convey clear intentions to harm self or others  

     • Observed self-injurious behavior, such as cutting, burning, etc.  

     • Online postings that are threatening in Facebook, RateMyProfessor, Instagram  

     • Excessive class absenteeism    

     • Suicidality, including threats (I am going to kill myself), gestures (erasing one’s hard drive), ideation (I’ve always thought about killing myself by jumping off a cliff), or attempts  

     • Acts motivated by hatred or discrimination   

     • Stalking  

     • Relationship violence (even if the victim doesn’t want you to tell, unless the information is conveyed to you in a privileged relationship)  

     • Hazing  

     • Flat affect or extreme lack of responsiveness  

     • “Accidental” overdose  

     • Disappearances, kidnappings or missing persons  

     • Harassment  

     • Alarming references to bombs, ammunition or weapons  

     • Alarming infatuation with fire or firearms   

    Revised 07/09/19