Dealing with Threats and the Potential for Violent Behavior
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An important component of ensuring the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and guests to our campus is addressing threats and potential for violent behavior. Situations can and do arise here at the U or anywhere that raise concerns about the potential for the threat of harm to individuals or larger numbers of people. As with all issues of personal safety, 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 raise your concern about a potential for threat to safety to you or others, 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/supervisor, or other responsible person, any knowledge of threat related behavior or potential violence including but not limited to the possession of a weapon in the workplace and/or the classroom. When in doubt as to who to call---call 911.
Administrators, supervisors, and other responsible campus officials who believe there is an emerging potential threat to someone's safety should consult with any one of the following campus staff members who can provide further assistance:
- Sean Huls, Interim Director of UMD University Police
- Nathaniel Schultz, Office of Student Conduct
- David Worley, Director of Health Services
- Melissa Honkola, Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity
- Andrew Kimball, Enviromental Health and Safety
When in doubt---call 911.
Additional resources related to employee concerns can be found at: http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/About/eap.html