Violence prevention resources and support
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment. The following are the best tools to prevent violence and crime:
- Immediately report concerning behavior
- Effective threat assessments and meaningful intervention
- Sound institutional policies and procedures
- Education and prevention programs
- Up-to-date emergency response plans and procedures
Threat assessment and intervention
Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Timely threat assessment and meaningful intervention begin with taking responsibility to alert others when necessary and to follow through in action, even when it’s uncomfortable to do so. It requires all of us to report:
- Implied violence
- Efforts to intimidate
- Any other type of alarming behavior
Whether in the classroom or other work area, if you feel that potential harm to yourself or others is imminent, please contact the Police immediately at their emergency number, 911.
University supervisors and other aforementioned officials are committed to follow up on sensitive matters brought to their attention.
We have implemented various policies that articulate our standards of conduct for our community. These policies include the:
- Disruptive Behavior in an Instructional Setting
- Student Code of Conduct
- Human Resources Policy Manual
- Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy
Education and prevention programs
The following is a review of various organizations and their steps to educate and implement safety prevention programs.
- University Police personnel facilitate site security surveys, which utilize principles of crime prevention through environmental assessment.
- University Police conduct a campus lighting and emergency phone location review each semester.
- Employee Assistance and Wellness, Human Resources, and Campus Health Services have programs on anger management and conflict resolution.
Response plan and procedures
For some time now, the university has utilized an incident management plan to assist us in responding to and recovering from emergency situations. The university has a team to review and update our response capabilities to emergency situations.
Each of us can contribute to the safety of our community through increased awareness and consultation. Being alert to changes in behavior in our students and our colleagues allows for early and effective intervention. You may find a list of signs and symptoms under the Campus and Workplace Violence Safety Tips website.