Behavioral Intervention and Resource Team

The Behavioral Intervention and Resource Team (BIRT) exists to provide a coordinated response to support graduate and professional students who may be experiencing significant difficulty, crisis, or distress. Support is intended for, but is not limited to, students who exhibit behaviors that are concerning to faculty, staff, or peers; disruptive in the classroom; or that pose a threat to the student or others.

Our goal is to compassionately intervene through direct response, support, and/or referral to appropriate resources for additional care, assistance, and follow-up.

We encourage faculty and staff to submit a Student Alert and Referral Form if you are concerned about the well-being or the troubling behavior of a student. Behavior does not need to be illegal to be of concern.

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.

Student Alert and Referral Form

Contact BIRT

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

  • 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