​​​​​What is the Behavioral Intervention Team?

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multi-disciplinary group whose purpose is meeting regularly to support University Graduate Students. The team serves t​o collect information and follow student behavior and needs over time, detecting patterns, trends, and disturbances in individual or group behavior. The BIT receives reports of disruptive, problematic or concerning behavior or misconduct about students; performs a threat and needs assessment; and determines the best mechanisms for support, intervention, warning/notification and response. The team then deploys resources and coordinates follow-up.



​​​​​When to make a report

Is someone you know...
  • experiencing a decline in work or academic performance?
  • demonstrating disruptive or disturbing behavior?
  • showing dramatic changes in appearance, behavior or weight?
  • having problems at home, with classes or work?
  • making disturbing comments in conversation, email, letters, social media postings or papers?
  • sad, anxious or experiencing dramatic mood shifts?
  • isolating themselves socially?
  • acting paranoid or suspicious?
  • frequently angry or easily frustrated?
  • struggling with health problems?
These behaviors, especially when more than one are present, may be signs that a student is in distress.

There are many resources available to help.

Your confidential report to the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) can make a difference.​

Responsibilities of the Behavioral Intervention Team


  • Receive and gather information pertaining to students of concern.
  • Develop specific strategies to manage potentially harmful or disruptive behavior.
  • Make recommendations to University officials regarding appropriate actions that are consistent with policies and procedures.
  • Inform the referral person concerning the next steps to be taken with the student. The referral person must understand that not all action steps will be discussed, given the confidential nature of the information.
  • Educate and train the community on how to identify concerning behaviors and how to take proactive actions to assist students.​


​​​Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) Members


BIT Chair: Faizi Ghodsi - Director of Graduate Development and Services

Todd Pietruszka - Manager of Health, Wellness and Counseling

Nabil Salibi - Staff Psychologist

Kevin Stensberg - Manager of Graduate Services

Anthony Gentilucci - Manager of University Internal Services

Mark Bent - University Internal Services Investigator

Suzana Nunes - Associate Dean for BESE

Candice Progler Thomsen - Graduate Program Coordinator for CEMSE

Christopher Sealey - Director of Medical Services at KAUST Health

Adeel Riaz - Cheif of Staff and Consultant Family Physician at KAUST Health

​What does BIT need to know?

Provide as much information as possible is essential!
  • Student's name and KAUST ID (if known). - Brief factual description of the incident or behavior.
  • Direct quotes whenever possible.
  • Where and when the incident or behavior occurred.
  • Names and contact information of witnesses.
  • Your name, position and complete contact information.
  • Include all emails or other information you have​

Incident Report

Care Report​


2019-20 Academic Council Members​


Voting/Elected Members

Representatives with two-year terms ending October 2020:

  • Himanshu Mishra, Assistant Professor (BESE)
  • Jesper Tegner, Professor (BESE, Representative-at-Large)
  • Khaled Salama, Professor (CEMSE)
  • Jurgen Kosel, Associate Professor (CEMSE, Representative-at-Large)
  • Deanna Lacoste, Assistant Professor (PSE)
  • Sigurjon Jonsson, Professor (PSE)

Representatives with two-year terms ending October 2021:


  • Hossein Fariborzi, Assistant Professor (CEMSE)
  • Meriem Laleg, Associate Professor (CEMSE)
  • Peiying Hong, Associate Professor (BESE)
  • Matthew McCabe, Professor, (BESE)
  • Frederic Laquai, Associate Professor (PSE)
  • Udo Schwingenschloegl (PSE, Representative-at-Large)

Non-Voting/Ex-Officio Members

  • Tony Chan, President
  • Yves Gnanou, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Donal Bradley, Vice President for Research
  • Mootaz Elnozahy, Dean, Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Division
  • Ravi Samtaney, Acting Dean, Physical Sciences and Engineering Division
  • Pierre Magistretti, Dean, Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division
  • Brian Moran, Dean, Graduate Affairs

Academic Council Meeting Materials


Past Meetings


2019-20 Academic Year

March 17, 2020, 3 PM - 4 PM

January 21, 2020, 3 PM - 4 PM



November 19, 2019, 3 PM - 4 PM

October 22, 2019, 11 AM-12 Noon

September 24, 2019, 3:30-4:30pm

2018-19 Academic Year

May 21, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm

March 26, 2019, 12:00-1:00pm

November 27, 2018, 3:30-5pm

2017-18 Academic Year

May 1, 2018, 3:30-4:30pm

2016-17 Academic Year

April 25, 2017, 3-4pm

January 31, 2017, 3-5pm

December 6, 2016, 3-4:30pm

September 27, 2016, 3-4:30pm

2015-16 Academic Year

May 17, 3-4:30pm

April 19, 3-4:30pm

March 15, 2016, 3-5pm 

February 16, 2016, 3-5pm

January 19, 2016, 3-4:15pm

November 17, 2015, 3-5pm

October 20, 2015, 3-5pm

September 15, 2015, 3:30-5pm


2014-15 Academic Year


May 19, 2015

April 21, 2015

March 17, 2015

February 17, 2015

November 18, 2014

October 14, 2014

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As a member of the KAUST campus community, you are expected to demonstrate integrity in all of your academic endeavors and will be evaluated on your own merits. Be proud of your academic accomplishments and help to maintain and promote academic integrity at KAUST.

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