Shoreline Behavioral Intervention Team

The Shoreline Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) identifies, assesses, and monitors concerns about student behavior and welfare and coordinates response using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach.

In order to do this, BIT is composed of college employees from across campus in multiple disciplines.

BIT’s Purpose

  • Identify, assess, and support students who display concerning, problematic or disruptive behavior.
  • Initiate appropriate measures to support the student and community.
  • Coordinate activities with other initiatives/programs to support students.
  • Educate and empower the campus community to recognize, report, manage, and effectively address concerning, problematic, disruptive, threatening and/or violent behaviors.
  • Provide consultation, support, recommendations, and intervention assistance to campus constituents to help students and manage concerning situations or behaviors, preferably before they repeat, escalate, or become threats or acts of violence.
  • Collect, assess, and track reports and information about student behaviors to identify and respond to patters of behavior or trends.

What And When to Report

In an emergency, call 9-1-1.  BIT does NOT respond directly to emergencies.

BIT serves as a kind of safety net and early detection system for the campus. Information about persons affecting the Shoreline community, including students, employees, visitors and others may be reported to BIT. Data show that acts of violence are often planned in advance and that warning signs are exhibited ahead of time.

Report any behavior that causes you or others to feel unsafe.  Err on the side of reporting any information, even if you are not sure or just want the information tracked in case there is a bigger pattern. The BIT approach is designed to “connect the dots” in order to intervene before someone turns to violence as a solution.

If you report an act of violence or crime, please be prepared to share:

  • Your contact information
  • Name/any known information about the person you are referring
  • Summary of the observed behavior or concern, including when and where it occurred
  • Any attempts to intervene, manage, or address the behavior
  • Anything else you think seems important

 You can make an anonymous report

What happens?

After reviewing a report, a BIT member will contact the reporting party no later than the next business day. BIT conducts an initial assessment on every referral to determine whether some initial action is warranted. In many cases, the outcome of the initial assessment is simply to offer support and resources to either the individual who reports the concern, the person of concern, or both.

In some cases, a more in-depth investigation may occur before BIT can determine the possible threat level. The reporting party will be kept informed as appropriate for the situation while being mindful of the privacy concerns of all parties involved.

If there is a potential threat, the BIT provides guidance and recommendations to the appropriate individuals to mitigate or manage the threat. The BIT retains all reported information to assist in identifying potential behavioral patterns.

The BIT can help those who report to contact the police as well as on- and off-campus support resources if there is a safety concern. While maintaining privacy is BIT's goal, be aware that reports and other communication may be subject to review as outlined in federal and state laws. The campus does not tolerate retaliation.

Who serves on the BIT?
  • Derek Levy, Acting Associate Dean, Student Support Programs (STAT Chair)
  • Mariko Kakiuchi, Director of Youth Re-Engagement Programs
  • Edwin Lucero, Acting Director of Campus Safety & Security
  • Lianne Almughirah, Associate Director of International Student Success
  • Jennifer Coogan, Associate Dean, Advising
  • Angela Hughes, Program Support Specialist 3, Student Support Programs
  • Nancy Marshall, Administrative Assistant, Dean of Student's Office

Helpful Resources

The following resources may be helpful to you:

How to report

Contact Safety and Security at 206-546-4633 or contact one of the following administrators:

Derek Levy - Acting Associate Dean, Student Support Programs (BIT Chair)

Room: 5216

Mariko Kakiuchi - Director, Youth Re-Engagement & High School Completion
Room: 5100
Lianne Almughirah - Associate Director of International Student Success
Room: 9302