What behaviors should I refer to the BIT?

  • Any unusual or strange behavior in or outside the classroom
  • Erratic behavior that disrupts the mission and normal proceedings of the college, including classroom disruptions and on-line activities.
  • Student reports of hearing and seeing images that are not there.
  • Aggressive or hostile language in correspondences such as e-mails, letters and voicemail.
  • Violation of personal space.
  • Noticeable changes in behavior, demeanor, dress or personality.
  • Any other behavior of concern.

Any immediate threat of harm to self, others or the college community should be reported to Public Safety immediately at extension “6” if you are on campus. If you are calling from an off-campus location, call Public Safety at 201-447-9200.

What should I include in the referral?
Please provide a clear and concise description of the incident. Please include the following information:

  • What did you hear and observe?
  • What specific behavior did the individual(s) say or do that is of concern.
  • Where did the event take place? In a classroom, hallway cafeteria etc.
  • Who was involved? If possible, please provide the names and title (professor, student, secretary, etc.)
  • Did you speak to the individual? If so, what was the content of the conversation and the outcome?
  • Did you report the event to anyone on campus?

How do I make a referral to the BIT?

  • Please access the Behavioral Intervention Team Referral Form on the left hand side of the page. Complete the form and click the “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the Referral Form page.
  • Email [email protected] and a BIT member will answer any inquiry within 48 hours.
  • Call BIT hotline number at 201-689-7070 a BIT member will answer any inquiry within 48 hours.

What happens after I make the referral?

  • Immediately upon submitting a referral, you will receive a message from the BIT that your referral has been received.
  • The Behavioral Intervention Team meets weekly to review all new and ongoing referrals. Appropriate interventions and actions according to college policies and procedures are determined at these meetings.
  • Once a course of action is determined based on the information gathered, all parties who are directly involved in the case will be notified. Feedback is limited due to the individual circumstances, confidentiality and other legal considerations. The time between case submission and follow-up will be determined on a case by case basis.

Who are the Behavioral Intervention Team Members?

Co-Chairperson: Jennifer Reyes, Dean for Student Support Services
Co-Chairperson: Rachel Lerner Colucci, Dean of Student Life & Conduct

Ian Wolf: – Coordinator of Student Conduct & Information
Shari Franschman: – Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
Iris Bucchino: – Professor, Department of English: Composition, Literature, Basic Skills
Tracy Rand: – Managing Director, Office of Specialized Services
William Corcoran: – Executive Director of Public Safety
Ed Zingg: – Lieutenant, Office of Public Safety
Uwe Malakas: – Captain, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office
Eileen Purcell: – Personal Counselor
Stafford Barton: – Personal Counselor
Dania Huie-Pasigan: – School Nurse