Talking BITs

Talking BITS will be held once a month on Fridays to bring NaBITA experts and colleagues across the country  together for an engaging discussion on BIT, case management, threat assessment, and school safety. Talking BITs are designed to be conversational, casual, and engaging so grab your favorite beverage* and make these Friday afternoons with NaBITA part of your socially distant but not disconnected routine!

Violence Risk Assessment to Support the Title IX Compliance Process
Friday, August 7, 2020
3:00-4:30pm ET

ATIXA & NaBITA Members Only
 Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.
Guest Hosts: Brian Van Brunt, Ed. D. and Makenzie Schiemann, M.S.

We’ll be discussing how to incorporate a formal Violence Risk Assessment step into the new 1P2P model and how Title IX Coordinators can add this intentional and important step to initial assessments to aid in ten critical and/or required determinations:

  • Emergency removal of a Respondent on the basis of immediate threat to health/safety;
  • Whether the Title IX Coordinator should pursue/sign a formal complaint absent a willing/able Complainant;
  • Whether to put the investigation on the footing of incident and/or pattern and/or climate;
  • To help identify potential predatory conduct;
  • To help assess/identify grooming behaviors;
  • Whether a Complaint is amenable to informal resolution, and what modality may be most successful;
  • Whether to permit a voluntary withdrawal by the Respondent;
  • Whether to impose transcript notation or communicate with a transfer institution about a Respondent;
  • Assessment of appropriate sanctions/remedies;
  • Whether a Clery Act Timely Warning/Trespass order/Persona-non-grata is needed.

Helping From a Distance
Friday, August 14, 2020
3:00-4:30pm ET

Open to the Public
Makenzie Schiemann, M.S. and Allison Frost

This Talking BITs event will engage participants in a dialogue on the topics of:

  • How to provide support and interventions to students in a virtual setting
  • The challenges of finding resources from afar
  • Building rapport and forming a connection during a virtual meeting
  • Creating connections and relationships with referral to better facilitate the referral process
  • Procedural considerations for virtual meetings
  • How virtual meetings can support students and meet their needs even when your campus is fully open and operational

Upcoming Topics

Threat Assessment from Afar
Friday, September 18th: 2:00pm-3:30 pm ET

Presenters: Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. and Jeff Solomon
Session description coming soon!

Running a Virtual BIT
Friday, October 16th: 2:00pm-3:30 pm ET

Presenter: Makenzie Schiemann, M.S.
Description: As more schools, colleges, and universities close or shift to an online environment, BITs must find innovative ways to address concerns, respond to threats of violence, and support students virtually. During this Talking BITs, we will present best practices for operating an online BIT and responding to student issues in a virtual environment including:

  • Practical strategies for shifting your BIT operations to match the needs of an online environment
  • The unique needs of online students
  • How to train your campus to recognize distress and threatening behavior in an online classroom
  • How to provide support services in a virtual environment

Managing Election Stress
Friday, November 6th: 2:00pm-3:30 pm ET

Presenter: Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.
Session description coming soon!

Supporting Students During Breaks
Friday, December 4th: 2:00pm-3:30 pm ET

Presenters: Makenzie Schiemann, M.S. and Allison Frost
Join Makenzie Schiemann and Allison Frost as they discuss how to bridge support and services for students while they are home, or away from classes, during school breaks. This Talking BITs will explore the following:

  • How to determine whether to close a case, keep it open, or monitor the student
  • Strategies for bridging support for students during break
  • Supporting students as they reenter the semester and start classes
  • Strategies for using  parents, family, and friends as support systems


*No one is required to consume alcohol to participate in this event. We are simply attempting to create a casual atmosphere for discussion as people work from home. Anyone working from their office or participating on company time should consult their employer’s policies before consuming alcohol on the job. Always drink in moderation, please.