Dealing with Threats and the Potential for Violent Behavior
An important component of ensuring the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and guests to our campus is addressing threats and the potential for violent behavior. Situations can and do arise at the U or anywhere that raise concerns about the potential for the threat of harm to individuals or large numbers of people. We all have a role to play in creating an environment that is not hospitable to threatening behavior. Should you witness an event or circumstances that causes you concern, take the following steps:
- Call 911 for police assistance if you witness violence taking place, or believe/feel that there is a threat of imminent danger to your own or someone else’s safety.
- Communicate to an administrator, a supervisor, or another responsible person any knowledge of threatening behavior or potential violence including but not limited to the possession of a weapon in the workplace or the classroom. When in doubt, call 911.
Administrators, supervisors and other responsible university officials who believe/feel there is an emerging potential threat to someone’s safety should consult with any of the following University employees who can provide further assistance:
Jim Meland, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and director, Faculty and Academic Staff Assistance Program
When in doubt, call 911.
Additional resources related to employee concerns can be found at www1.umn.edu/ohr/eap/index.html
Additional resources related to student concerns can be found at www.mentalhealth.umn.edu