Concerning Behavior/ Psychological Crisis
Disruptive Behavior: Communications (verbal or written) or actions which prevent or significantly impair effective workplace or classroom activities, but do not threaten personal safety.
Harassing Behavior: Unwanted, unwelcome and uninvited behavior threatens, intimidates, demeans, alarms, annoys, or puts a person in fear for their safety.
Threatening Behavior: An expressed or implied imminent threat to harm an individual(s) which causes a reasonable fear that personal harm is about to occur.
Psychological Crisis / Suicide Threat: An individual who is in an abnormal state of mind that may result in imminent harm to himself/herself or others, such as a state of extreme anger, panic or depression.
In response to Disruptive Behavior:
- Consider discussing your concerns with the individual.
- Document exactly what you are concerned with, what you witnessed or heard, read, etc.
- Keep evidence that supports your concern.
- Notify University Officials:
- Students contact the Medical Education Office: 305-243-6737
- Employees contact Human Resources: 305-243-6482
In Response to Harassing /Threatening Behavior:
- Decide whether it is best to evacuate, shelter-in-place, or avoid area.
- Call 911 or Public Safety: 305-243-6000.
- If possible, signal to someone that you need help.
- Do not interact with other person(s) unless as a last resort for personal safety.
- Do not engage in conversation or arguments.
- Do not attempt to physically detain anyone.
- Listen/ watch attentively.
- Document or try to remember as much as possible:
- Write physical descriptions of individuals (clothing, physique, accent, etc.) and vehicles (make, model, color, license plate, etc.).
- Write what is happening, noting actions, locations and items.
- If important property, data or research is threatened, secure the most high value resources as best as possible, if it is safe to do so.
In Response to Psychological Crisis/Suicide Threat:
- Take all threats seriously.
- Monitor the person making the threats from a safe distance.
- Do not try to approach or reason with the person making threats.
- Call 911.
- Stay in a safe area until police arrive.
- Provide information to emergency responders.