Emergency: 911
MWSU Police Department: (816) 271-4438

Missouri Western State University is concerned about the safety, health, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff – individually and collectively. We recognize the need to form a group to provide assistance to Missouri Western State University members who are experiencing stressful or difficult situations. By collaborating as a team, we strive to effectively balance the rights of individuals with the security of groups. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) functions to:

  • assess and respond to potentially dangerous situations involving the Missouri Western State University campus
  • provide on-going professional development and educational programs
  • help university members learn more about bystander intervention and their role in maintaining a safe and secure campus
  • teach faculty about effective classroom management techniques to assist in an online or face-to-face classroom environment
  • teach staff skills to better manage difficult interactions in an office or other area of the institution
  • teach the campus community protocols for specific campus incidents
  • teach the early warning signs that are indicators of inappropriate behavior
  • provide access to helpful resources

The BIT will focus primarily on students who may be exhibiting signs of problems, and the group will also monitor issues relating to faculty, staff, and campus visitors. Missouri Western members can submit an online form explaining the concerns, and BIT will research the issue to determine if an intervention is appropriate. All information you submit will be handled confidentially, with the purpose of assisting the student, faculty, or staff person you have named.

Please review this website to find helpful resources, the online report form, list of protocols for various incidents, and a list of helpful phone numbers you can call for assistance. If you have questions or suggestions for members of the team, contact Adam McGowan, amcgowan@missouriwestern.edu.

Does something seem off? Be aware. Trust your instinct.

When to Contact BIT:

  • Significant change in appearance, mood and/or social functioning
  • Behavior that creates a disruptive or hostile environment
  • Actions that potentially endanger the safety of any member of the MWSU community
  • Behavior that impacts one’s ability to function appropriately and successfully on campus
  • A sense that someone is struggling or that something is wrong

These behaviors, especially when more than one are present, may be signs that a student, faculty member or staff member is in distress.

If you feel an immediate need of assistance or in an emergency situation, contact campus police at (816) 271-4438 or 911.

Different threats require different levels of response. An immediate, potentially severe threat would result in the immediate implementation of the Crisis Response Plan and action by the MWSU Police Department. The Behavioral Intervention Team has a distinctly different purpose, as the BIT will function to handle less severe and/or less immediate threats. For that reason, the BIT would not be involved in severe and immediate threats (e.g., campus shooter, bomb threat, etc.), unless the BIT had previously been working on or with the people or incident in question. In those instances, members of the BIT would notify MWSU Police Department and offer assistance and information as appropriate. In addition, since members of the BIT will be trained on emergency response procedures, members would be available to help with any crisis situation as needed.

The BIT does not oversee student discipline. If a member of the MWSU community would like to identify a student disciplinary issue, they should contact Student Affairs at (816) 271-4432. Student Conduct Code.

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BIT Team Members

Adam McGowan
BIT Chair, Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Hannah Piechowski
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Tim Kissock
Risk Manager

Theresa Grosbach
Associate Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator

Cristi Campbell
Associate Professor Nursing

Rachel Petty
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jill Voltmer
MWSU Police Chief

Josh Maples
Interim Director of Housing and Residence Life