Behavioral Intervention and Resource Team

The Behavioral Intervention and Resource Team (BIRT) exists to support graduate and professional students who may be experiencing significant difficulty, including those who exhibit behaviors disruptive to the classroom or who represent a potential threat to themselves or others. The team is prepared to receive reports of concerns that are troubling to staff, faculty, or peers and walk alongside all involved to resolve the situation safely.

The team provides supportive interventions to graduate and professional students through direct support and referrals to appropriate resources for additional care, support, and follow-up.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a Student Alert and Referral Form through APU C.A.R.E.S. (Cougar Alert, Refer, and Engage System) for concerns about student wellbeing or uncharacteristic behaviors. The behavior does not need to be illegal to be of concern.

Student Alert and Referral Form

Contact BIRT

If you believe any student is in immediate danger of harm, please call 9-1-1 first, then contact APU’s Department of Campus Safety at (626) 815-3898. If you have non-emergency concerns about the wellbeing of a student, please send your concerns to the BIRT via the Student Alert and Referral Form above.

If you have questions regarding your concern, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Student Affairs at (626) 815-4655 or the University Counseling Center at (626) 815-2109.

The BIRT is eager to partner with APU faculty. If you are interested in serving on the team, please contact Ebony Staten, associate director of Graduate and Professional Student Affairs, at estaten@apu.edu.

Graduate and Professional Behavioral Intervention and Resource Team Members

  • Marla Love
    Director, Graduate and Professional Student Affairs
    (626) 815-4602
  • Ebony Staten
    Associate Director, Graduate and Professional Student Affairs
    (626) 815-4615
  • Everette Brooks
    Executive Director, Military and Veteran Services
    (626) 815-4617
  • Barbara Flory
    Director, High Desert Regional Campus
    (626) 857-2281