Violence Prevention If you suspect an individual may become violent:
If you encounter an already violent situation:
- Call 911.
- Try to calm the person down, but don’t threaten.
- Maintain an escape route and distance if a weapon is present.
Signs of distressed students or employees:
- Evacuate and call 911. If you are unable to leave, seek shelter inside the building preferably behind a locked door in a room without windows.
(Notify campus security, counseling staff, extended campus directors, or the associate vice
president of student services if you notice one or more of these behaviors.)
Best practices for handling employment actions:
- excessive unexplained absence
- changes in behavior, hygiene or appearance
- threats made against other individuals
- threats of suicide
- excessive or inappropriate anger
- substance abuse
- expressing unusual thoughts or exhibiting unusual behavior
- plotting violence
- behavioral or emotional changes
- fascination with weapons
- Partner with the counseling center as you prepare to take actions, which are corrective or disciplinary in nature.
- Have another supervisor in the room as a witness.
- If there is a past history of volatile behavior, campus security personnel can be nearby during difficult meetings such as terminations.
- Give consideration to the day of week/time of day for a difficult meeting to reduce the number of people who are potentially exposed.
- Consider the location of a difficult meeting. If there is concern about volatile behavior, choose a private room with more than one exit.
- For a difficult meeting, pre-screen the individual for behavior. Pre-screening involves the support staff greeting the individual and observing if there are any concerning behaviors upon arrival or departure.
- Provide a cooling off period for employees who get angry or very upset during a meeting. Stop the meeting and consider paid administrative leave for 24-48 hours and a follow-up meeting.