Referral Procedures

Reasons to make a BART Referral:

The Behavioral Assessment and Response Team (BART) was assembled to be a central place for the campus community to report any dangerous, concerning, or uncivil behavior on campus (Please see Incident Reporting Form).

The goal is early detection of conflicts and concerns before they escalate into more serious problems. Of primary concern are those behaviors that put the health and safety of any person on campus at risk. As a general rule, any concerning behavior by anyone on campus that is not already being appropriately addressed can be referred to BART for assessment and appropriate response. BART is intended to be a non-punitive way to get help for those who need it on campus, so simply being referred to BART will not suggest wrongdoing or impede someone's academic success. If the report involves violations of the student code of conduct or of legal statutes, the case may be referred to the appropriate authority.

Dial (661) 654-2111 or 911 for situations requiring emergency response (main campus).
Dial (661) 722-6399 or 911 for situations requiring emergency response (Antelope Valley Center).

Examples of appropriate BART referrals are:

  • Aggressive, threatening, or intimidating behaviors that one feels uncomfortable reporting to the police, including the following:
    • Direct threats of harm
    • Carrying a weapon
    • Making statements such as "you had better watch out," "you don't know who you are messing with," or "you are to going pay"
    • Invasion of personal space
    • Damaging property
    • Following, watching, or stalking someone on campus
    • Multiple, unwanted texts, emails, voicemails intended to harass
    • Interest and frequent discussions of violence, killing, raping, torturing, guns, or explosives
    • Art, stories, or essays focused on the above themes
  • Suicidal statements, gestures, or attempts that do not require emergency attention; these can be:
    • Direct statements, "I think a lot about killing myself," or "I took half a bottle of sleeping pills last weekend"
    • Implied statements "The world would be better off without me"
    • Through creative expression, for example, suicidal themes or content in a painting or short story
  • Inappropriate use of alcohol or drugs on campus, such as:
    • Being visibly under the influence of a substance
    • Going to class under the influence of a substance
    • Requiring medical attention due to substance use
    • Selling drugs on campus
  • Any significant signs of distress, abrupt changes in behavior, significant decline in functioning, or erratic behavior, including the following:
    • Self-injury, such as cutting, burning, or hitting self
    • Withdrawal, fearfulness, or paranoia
    • Psychosis, losing touch with reality, hearing voices, bizarre beliefs
    • Overly dependent or needy, for example, someone who calls three times a day for help and gets angry when you don't answer the phone
    • Marked change in personal hygiene
    • Excessive procrastination, poorly prepared work
    • Infrequent class attendance, little or no work completed
    • Indecisiveness, confusion, or lack of focus
    • Isolation, loneliness, or lack of social support
    • Disruptive, interruptive, or intrusive behavior
    • Socially inappropriate, unusual, or bizarre behavior

      Several of the following:

      • Major mood changes, e.g., elation of person who has been depressed
      • Nervousness or agitation
      • Crying, tearful
      • Depressed mood
      • Sleeping too much or too little
      • Eating too much or too little
      • Expressions of helplessness or hopelessness
      • Increased irritability, undue aggressive or abrasive behavior
      • Lack of energy
      • Poor motivation or interest in doing things
  • Sexual harassment or any sexually inappropriate behavior, such as:
    • Repeated, unwanted sexual advances
    • Unwanted physical touch
    • Unsolicited discussions of a sexual nature
    • Pornographic emails or text messages
    • Comments about one's body or body parts
  • Inconsiderate, rude, vulgar, demeaning, discriminatory, racist, insulting statements, gestures, or behaviors that are likely to provoke anger, aggression, or be distressing to a reasonable person

The BART reporting process does not replace established campus policies and procedures for reporting student code of conduct violations or unlawful behavior. If you are aware of the appropriate campus authority and feel comfortable reporting the incident, you may report it directly to that person or department: for example, the University Police or the Student Conduct Office.