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Ohio Dominican University is committed to the safety, health and well-being of all members of the University community. This commitment is embedded in both the mission and vision of the University, and specifically through policies regarding the well-being of students, faculty and staff.

These policies exist to ensure a positive community experience, while also identifying and addressing behaviors and activities that are disturbing, disruptive or dangerous to the mission of the University or threaten the health and safety of one or more of its members. 

The Behavioral Intervention Team has been charged with upholding these policies in order to maintain a healthy environment for the entire Ohio Dominican University community.

  • Goals & Objectives
    The safety of its students, faculty, staff, friends and visitors is of the utmost importance to Ohio Dominican University. For that reason, ODU’s BIT provides assistance to those in need, and is specially trained to prevent individuals from harming themselves or others.
  • Team Members

    Since all emergency calls of a critical nature go directly to ODU Public Safety, the BIT does not have on-call persons identified. Emergency calls during the day can be directed to a BIT member and after-hours calls go directly to Public Safety, who will notify the director of ODU Public Safety, if necessary.

    The director will determine if the chair of the BIT needs to be notified.

    Mild- and moderate-level reports are reviewed daily by the entire team and addressed within a 48-hour period. However, any member of the BIT can be reached during business hours by calling or emailing them directly.

  • Report an Incident


    Behavioral Intervention Incident Report Form  

    Any faculty, staff or student may complete this form and it will automatically be submitted to each member of the BIT. 

    While as much concise, specific information as possible should be offered, including the student of concern’s name and ID, witness names, the reporting person’s name and a very specific description of the incident, anonymous reports also are accepted.

    The process to be used for anonymous reporting is identified on the online form. Although confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, BIT will make every effort to respect and maintain the privacy of the both the reporter and the student being reported. Submission of a report does not necessarily dictate action beyond the BIT. As always, if a person prefers, a phone call can be made to any of the numbers posted on the BIT webpage, and if there is an immediate, high-level concern, Public Safety should immediately be contacted.

    The reporting person will receive a notice that the report has been received, and will also be notified when the situation has been acted upon or resolved. If further information is needed, the person submitting the incident report may be contacted directly by a member of the BIT. 

    Once the issue has been acted upon, a member of the BIT will enter the referral into a BIT database so patterns of student behavior may be identified through multiple loggings.

    If the BIT determines that certain threat criteria have been met, a situation may be elevated beyond the BIT to vice presidents, president, Public Safety, local law enforcement or campus emergency notification systems.

    Concerns also may be shared by sending an email to BIT@ohiodominican.edu.


    If you have any questions regarding filing an incident report, please contact ODU Public Safety at (614) 251-4700.

    Ohio Dominican University encourages everyone to practice vigilance and to immediately report any suspicious activities.

    Ohio Dominican University Public Safety

    • Officer on Duty (24/7): (614) 251-4700
    • Administrative Office: (614) 251-4723
  • Types of Behavior to Report
    • Any behavior that is disruptive to an appropriate educational, work or living environment (i.e. swearing in class, crying, showing disrespect to a professor, staff member or student)
    • Any behavior that seems especially disturbing (i.e. physical altercations, excessive absence, sleeping in class, marked change in academic performance, aggressiveness, dramatic weight loss, words or actions that intimidate or behavior that seems out of the ordinary for an individual)
    • Any behavior that creates a direct threat to harm self or another (i.e. verbal or written references to suicide or violence to another)
  • Risk Scale and Response

    The following risk or alert scales and processes should be followed:

    Disruptive or concerning behavior, including conduct that interferes with normal University, classroom or residence hall expectations/standards; student experiencing situational stressors that may be moving toward crisis (i.e. uncooperative behavior, disrespectful language, leaving a classroom abruptly, crying, etc.)

    In situations of MILD concern, the following approaches are recommended:

    • Confront the problematic behavior at the time it occurs or as soon after as possible, preferably in a direct, face-to-face meeting. If this is not possible, then confront the problem by phone or e-mail
    • Express concern for the student, but also the other students present and identify clear, observable behaviors that are not appropriate. Allow the student to respond.
    • If needed, a referral to a counselor or the Dean of Student Life would be appropriate, providing the necessary contact information.
    • As soon as possible, but within 24 hours, the situation should be documented by using the BIT Incident Report form and/or calling a member of the BIT to provide a report.  

    Disturbing, bizarre or erratic behavior indicating significant physical, emotional or psychological concern (i.e. major change in behavior, appearance or personality; social withdrawal; lack of social norms; threatening writing, excessive crying).

    In situations of MODERATE concern, the following response is recommended:

    • Provide immediate attention and action. The problematic behavior is confronted and identified as concerning or problematic. The student is told why this needs immediate referral. If the student is not physically present (threatening writing), a phone call or email is appropriate with a simultaneous call to a member of the BIT.
    • A direct call to Public Safety or an immediate referral is made to Counseling Services or the Dean of Student Life. A call will be made in the student’s presence or the student will be escorted to the appropriate office.
    • Written documentation from the faculty/staff member involved will be provided on the BIT Incident Report form; information from referrals will be added as necessary.

    Behavior that poses significant risk of harm to self or others (i.e. suicidal behavior, possession of weapon, stalking, assault, etc.)

    In SEVERE situations, the following must occur:

    • Immediate intervention must occur. In most cases, this will mean a call to Public Safety or 911, as well as a member of BIT.
    • The reporter may also request immediate assistance on site from a counselor, dean or Public Safety officer.
    • Documentation using the BIT Incident Report form should take place within 24 hours. Information on situations of this nature also will be relayed to the vice presidents and president.
    • BIT will meet in emergency session as soon as possible after the incident is controlled or resolved.
    • These situations require a doctor’s or counselor’s recommendation and the dean’s approval before returning to a classroom, residence hall or, in some cases, the campus.

    When in doubt, reporters are trained to err on the side of caution and let the Behavioral Intervention Team determine the level of severity. Getting the information to the BIT and the incident database is of critical importance. Parents and guardians of a student are only notified in severe situations, especially if hospitalization or removal from campus is warranted. Other students, faculty or staff are only notified if they are at direct risk of being harmed. Only then does the University have a “duty to warn.” BIT always coordinates its efforts with the Student Code of Conduct and University disciplinary process, although the records of the two groups are kept separately.

    Reporting problematic behaviors is essential to maintaining individual and campus safety. Faculty and staff are highly encouraged to report disruptive and disturbing behaviors; however, they are not mandated to do so. ODU hopes to foster a “culture of reporting” out of a sense of care and concern for each of its members, and so multiple incidents involving the same person can be tracked and patterns identified. The BIT process is as much about providing proactive support, as it about identifying problematic behaviors and responding.

  • Criteria for Psychological Assessment
    In instances where a student whose mental or emotional condition poses a threat to themselves or others, or causes significant disruption to the University community or its activities, the BIT may require a psychological assessment in order to make an informed decision about the student’s fitness for academic and campus life.

    Mandated psychological assessments will be done by ODU Counseling Services staff, unless the student (or campus official) opts to use an off-campus provider. If the University contracts with a psychologist or psychiatrist in the future, mandated assessments may be deferred to these individuals. If an external provider is used, the student will be required to sign a release giving permission to the director of counseling services to speak with the evaluating health care provider and to allow for the release of medical records as part of the evaluation process. Results of the assessment will be reported directly to the ODU Counseling Services Office and any information that can be released will be provided to the BIT by the counselor. Results must be communicated in a timely manner. If a student fails to complete the assessment according to the required timeline, further sanctions may be applied or the student will be asked to take a stop out or medical withdrawal.

    If a student chooses not to submit to an evaluation or allow for a release of information following an evaluation, this may warrant a leave of absence or interim suspension, and possibly an immediate removal from the residence halls. If, after the evaluation, a leave is deemed unnecessary, the BIT or Dean of Student Life may impose other conditions and/or requirements necessary for continued enrollment at the University.

    If a student returns from the emergency room or community mental health center following a potentially suicidal situation, the student must meet with the Dean of Student Life before they are allowed to return to classes, athletic teams or the residence halls. The student also must submit discharge papers or have a doctor’s recommendation that they are ready to return. The Dean will make sure that the student is linked to one of the University counselors for the duration of the semester.
  • Counseling Services

    ODU’s Wellness Center offers free and confidential counseling services to those who need them. This service takes a holistic wellness approach to assist you with any problems you may be encountering. The aim is to help students better understand themselves, cope more effectively, and reach their goals. For more information, please visit Counseling Services.

    Contact Information

    • Griffin Student Center, Room 235
      Ohio Dominican University
      1216 Sunbury Road
      Columbus, Ohio 43219

      Phone: (614) 251-4570
      Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Counseling Services Staff 

  • Other University Resources
    • ODU Public Safety (614) 251-4700 
    • Student Development (614) 251-4595
    • ODU Wellness Center (614) 251-4570
    • Residence Life (614) 251-4718
    • Columbus Police (614) 645-4545
    • Suicide Prevention (614) 221-5445
    • Poison Control (800) 222-1222
    • Impact Student Life Assistance 24/7 Hotline (888) 475-2669

    For a complete listing of Ohio Dominican University offices, visit the Campus Offices page.