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Understanding the Personal Safety Response Team

The Personal Safety Response Team Overview

The University of Vermont maintains a Personal Safety Response Team to support the University's goal of promoting a safe working environment through prevention, education and coordination of efforts to identify and intervene with employees who are at risk for violating UVM's Personal Safety and Security Policy.

Guiding Principles

  • The Personal Safety Response Team values and maintains confidentiality in accordance with state and federal and other applicable University policies.
  • Recognizing that the behavior of individuals can have a profound impact on the community, the team seeks a balance between a desire to support individuals and the overall safety and wellbeing of the UVM community.
  • The team coordinates efforts to ensure those affected by a personal safety event receive appropriate support and assist University departments in their return to normal operations.

Primary Functions of the Team

  • Consult with one another about appropriate strategies for assisting faculty and staff concerning personal safety issues and promoting the safety and wellbeing of the UVM community;
  • Agree upon a plan of action so that various University personnel are taking as consistent approach as possible to assisting an employee;
  • Whenever possible and appropriate, identify a "point" person(s) who will coordinate the assistance that a particular employee of concern receives;
  • Determine who needs to have information about particular employees of concern so that the optimal balance between maintaining privacy, offering assistance and promoting the safety and wellbeing of the community is achieved.
  • Gather data on trends and patterns and make strategic and policy recommendations to the President's Commission on Social Change based on campus-wide and best Institutional Practices.

Team Composition

Personal Safety Response Team

This team's primary responsibility is to provide timely response to urgent personal safety issues concerning UVM faculty and staff.

  1. University Police Services
  2. Human Resource Services:
  3. Office of the General Counsel
  4. Employee Assistance Program

*Other members of the University community may be asked to attend on an as needed basis.

Personal Safety Planning Team

This team's primary responsibility is to review non-urgent cases, gather and analyze data and provide continuous quality improvement feedback for policy, procedural and educational/prevention efforts.

  1. Risk Management Office
  2. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office
  3. Provost's Office - Faculty Labor Relations
  4. University Police Services
  5. Human Resource Services
  6. Office of the General Counsel
  7. Employee Assistance Program

*Other members of the University community may be asked to attend on an as-needed basis.

UVM Policy on Personal Safety and Security

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Last modified May 14 2013 05:30 PM