Guidelines for Dealing with Threats and Violence in the Classroom or Workplace
One of the disturbing new trends taking place in the larger society, but also affecting university communities, has been the growing number of persons who threaten others or act out violently. As members of the University community we are concerned about maintaining an environment free from the coercive effects of such threats as well as maintaining the capacity to prevent acts of violence. The history of violent events indicates that many of those who have been responsible for them provided early warning signs.
The following is intended to provide guidelines and encourage action on the part of those who witness violence or are aware of behavior that is threatening to their safety or the safety of others:
- Any individual should call 9-1-1 for police assistance if they observe violence taking place or believes/feels there is an immediate threat to someone's safety. When calling from a University phone , 9-1-1 will connect the caller with the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD). When calling 9-1-1 from mobile phone in the University area your call will generally be received by the UMPD as well or you can ask for your call to be transferred to the UMPD.
- All faculty, staff and students should communicate to an administrator/supervisor any knowledge of violence or threat-related behaviors including unauthorized possession of a weapon at the University. Call 9-1-1 if you feel the violence or threat is imminent.
If the threat involves a student: Faculty, staff and students should contact the Behavioral Consultation Team by calling 612-626-3030. The BCT will assist in assessing concerns about potential harm from students to themselves or others and provide guidance as to the best manner to handle the situation. Call 9-1-1 if you feel the violence or threat is imminent.
If the threat involves a faculty or staff member: Faculty, staff and students should contact the Employee Threat Assessment Team (ETAT) by calling Jim Meland, Ph.D. at 612-625-4073 or Dave Fuecker at 612-626-7925 if they believe there is an emerging or potential threat to someone’s safety. Call 9-1-1 if you feel the violence or threat is imminent.