If you believe another person's behavior poses an imminent threat to the health and safety of others, you should call 911 immediately. However, if you don’t think the person’s behavior is of immediate concern, but you still feel uncomfortable or worried about it, you should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Services at 435-586-7710. Sometimes it can be hard to determine how serious another person’s behavior is, but you should trust your intuition and if your gut is telling you to share the information with someone you should. The following information, created by the University of Alabama- Huntsville, can help you assess behavior that could lead to violence:
*Extreme Risk Behavior: *Behavior that appears to pose a clear and immediate threat of violence or self-harm and requires immediate response. It includes, but is not limited to:
§ Possession of unauthorized weapons (guns, knives, etc.) on campus;
§ Possession of bombs or bomb-making materials;
§ Physical assault or attempted assault, with or without weapons;
§ Specific threats to inflict harm to self and/or a named individual (e.g., a threat to shoot a named individual).
*High Risk Behavior: *Behavior that appears to pose a present threat of violence or self-harm but lacks immediacy. It includes, but is not limited to:
§ Physical, drug-related, or psychiatric disorders that may pose a potential harm to the physical or emotional well-being of the individual or others;
§ Talk of suicide or self-inflicted injury;
§ Physical actions short of actual contact/injury (i.e., moving closer aggressively, waving arms or fists, yelling in an aggressive or threatening manner).
*Moderate Risk Behavior: *Behavior that does not appear to pose a present threat of violence or self-harm but does involve a significant risk of disruption to the University’s educational and administrative activities. It includes, but is not limited to:
§ General, specific, or implicit threats, whether or not made in a "joking" manner (i.e., "you better watch your back," "I'll get you," or “you’ll be sorry”), including the use of any electronic means of communication;
§ Stalking behavior;
§ Vague statements regarding suicide or self-inflicted injury, violent thoughts, or violent intentions.
*Low Risk Behavior: *Behavior that, while it does not appear to pose a present threat of violence or self-harm nor a significant risk of disruption, does provide the basis for a reasonable concern that a threat of violence or self-harm or significant risk of disruption may develop. It includes, but is not limited to:
§ Writing stories, poems, or essays or producing images that express or otherwise indicate a potentially dangerous fascination or preoccupation with violence to self or to others;
§ Displaying a distinct change in personal behavior, academic or workplace performance, appearance, or conduct.
Everyone in the University community can help prevent violence by sharing their observations with others even if they may seem trivial or unimportant.