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Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

​At Orange Coast College, health and safety are paramount to academic student success. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) consists of a trained team from multi-disciplinary areas of the college whose primary goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and our campus community. Through information gathering and assessment, an intervention is developed to defuse volatile situations, mitigate any level of threat, and to provide help and resources to students and our campus community who can benefit from on and off-campus services.


OCC's Behavioral Intervention Team:


Dr. Derek Vergara, Dean of Students - Chair

Shannon Quihuiz, Associate Dean, Title IX & Student Relations

Steve Rickard, Student Conduct Officer

Kelly Daly, Director, Student Health Center

Larry Valentine, Director, Mental Health Services

James Rudy, Director, Campus Safety

Michael Morvice, Director, Student Life

Cecilia Alvarado, Director, Disability Student Programs & Services

Jamie Kammerman, Director, Housing & Residential Education

Jamaal Tatum, Employee Relations Manager


If you experience a student in distress who can benefit from obtaining extra resources, or is disruptive and in need of help, please complete and submit an incident report:

Incident Report.


Should you have questions regarding the Behavioral Intervention Team, you may contact the Dean of Students Office at (714) 432-5741 or Dr. Derek Vergara, Dean of Students at dvergara2@occ.cccd.edu.  


IMPORTANT: If you experience a direct threat, call the Campus Safety Office at (714) 432-5646 immediately or 911.