Disruptive Behavior:Communications (verbal or written) or actions which prevent or significantly impair effective workplace or classroom activities, but do not threaten personal safety.
Harassing Behavior: Unwanted, unwelcome, and uninvited behavior that threatens, intimidates, demeans, alarms, annoys, or puts a person in fear for their safety.
Threatening Behavior: An expressed or implied imminent threat to harm an individual(s) that causes a reasonable fear that personal harm is about to occur.
Psychological Crisis: An individual who is in an abnormal state of mind that may result in imminent harm to himself/herself or others, such as a state of extreme anger, panic, or depression.
Suicide Threat: A verbal or written statement indicating an individual’s plan to harm himself/herself.
In Response to Disruptive Behavior:
• Do not ignore disruptive behavior.
• Consider discussing your concerns with the individual.
• Document exactly what you are concerned with, what you witnessed or heard, read, etc.
• Keep evidence that supports your concern.
• Notify University officials
- Students contact the Dean of Students Office/Medical Education Office
- Employees contact Human Resources
In Response to Harassing/Threatening Behavior:
• Decide whether it is best to evacuate, shelter-in-place, or avoid area.
• Call 911 or your campus emergency number.
• If needed, signal to someone that you need help.
• Do not engage in conversation or arguments.
• Do not attempt to physically detain anyone.
• Listen/ watch attentively.
• Document or try to remember as much as possible:
- Write physical descriptions of individuals (clothing, physique, accent, etc.) and vehicles (make, model, color, license plate, etc…).
- Write what is happening, noting actions, locations, and items. If important property, data, or research is threatened, secure the most high-value resources as best as possible, if it is safe to do so.
In Response to Psychological Crisis/Suicide Threat:
• Take all threats seriously.
• Monitor the person making the threats from a safe distance.
• Do not try to approach or reason with the person making threats.
• Call 911.
• Stay in a safe area until emergency responders arrive.
• Provide information to emergency responders.