University Policy Office
THREATS AND VIOLENCE PROCEDURE
Approval: Approved by the President on October 2, 2003
Authority: Board of Governors Policy 1.2.170
Responsibility: Director of Human Resources
All threats or acts of aggressive violent behavior at UCM are taken seriously and addressed immediately. Such threats or acts include, but are not limited to:
- harming or threatening to harm any member or guest of the university
- aggressive or hostile behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to another person or subjects another individual to emotional distress
- damaging or threatening to damage university property or the property of any member or guest of the university
- possessing a dangerous weapon or incendiary device on university property without prior authorization and compliance with university procedures
- stalking any member or guest of the university (stalking is defined in Section 565.225. RSMo).
Acts of violence or threats of imminent violence require an immediate response – dial the Department of Public Safety at 911. Potential imminent threats of violence must be reported immediately to a member of the Threat Management Team (TMT). Reports can be made anonymously and all reported incidents will be investigated. Reports or incidents warranting confidentiality will be handled appropriately and information will be disclosed to others only on a need-to-know basis. All parties involved in a situation will be counseled and the results of investigations will be discussed with them.
The Threat Management Team has been designated by the President as follows:
- Director of Public Safety
- Vice President of Administration
- General Counsel
The TMT member who is contacted will activate the team. The TMT will, at the request of any TMT member who has been contacted regarding a potentially violent situation, consult with appropriate persons on the crisis at hand and serve as a communication link between/among individuals and offices by communicating relevant information on a “need-to-know” basis.
The TMT will make recommendations to the president or designee on the appropriate response or action that should be taken. The TMT is authorized to commit whatever university assets and personnel that are necessary to resolve the incident.
The TMT may involve various individuals when dealing with an immediate or potential event. These individuals may include but are not limited to the following areas:
- Office of Academic Affairs
- Office for Student Affairs
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Communication and Creative Services
- President’s Office
- Department of Human Resources