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.

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